Wellcome Trust Internatioanl Master’s Fellowships for Low and Middle-Income Countries

Masters Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Course(s) Offered: Public Health, Tropical Medicine
Course level: Masters (research fellowship)
Provider: Wellcome
Country to Study in: Any country, Distance learning

Scholarship Description
Wellcome, through the Wellcome Trust (WT), offers its Masters Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine for junior researchers from low- or middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank).

This scheme strengthens scientific research capacity in low- and middle-income countries, by providing support for junior researchers to gain research experience and high-quality research training at Masters Degree level. A Master's Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine is normally for 30 months and can be held on a part-time basis.

Research projects should be aimed at understanding and controlling diseases (either human or animal) of relevance to local, national or global health. This can include laboratory based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models will not normally be considered under this scheme.

You can apply for a Master's Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine if you:
  • are a national of a low- or middle-income country
  • hold a clinical or non-clinical undergraduate degree in a subject relevant to public health or tropical medicine.
You must also:
  • be at an early stage in your career with limited research experience (but you must have a demonstrated interest in, or aptitude for, research)
  • have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country
  • have a research proposal that is within our public health and tropical medicine remit.
You can’t apply if you’re:
  • intending to be based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or another high-income country (although your taught course can be anywhere in the world)
  • a researcher in India – instead see the Wellcome Trust/Department of Biotechnology India Alliance
  • currently applying for another Wellcome Trust fellowship.
Eligible groups
Citizens of low- and middle-income countries
[visit the World Bank website to see a list of low- and middle-income countries.]

Participating Institutions
You must be based at an eligible host institution in a low- or middle-income country for the research project. Master's training may be undertaken at a recognised centre of excellence in any location. Master's degrees by distance learning may be supported.

Fields of Study
Your research proposal should focus on an area within Wellcome's public health and tropical medicine remit (see website). Research can include laboratory-based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but Wellcome doesn't normally consider projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models.

The Wellcome Trust is particularly interested in requests for research training support in the social sciences, demography, health economics, medical statistics and vector biology.

Number of Awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
This fellowship normally provides up to 30 months’ support. The first 12 months should be dedicated to doing a taught Master's course at a recognised centre of excellence anywhere in the world. The following 18 months is normally for your research project at an eligible organisation in a low- or middle-income country.

Scholarship benefits
The support includes a stipend, travel costs (eg outward and return airfares), approved tuition fees according to the rate charged by the training organisation. Wellcome usually provides funds at the level charged to the UK/EU students, rather than the overseas student rate.

Wellcome supports distance learning Master's degrees.

If your stipend is liable for tax in the country you're based in, Wellcome'll provide costs to cover the taxed amount.

The support includes a basic salary (determined by your host institution), personal removal expenses and research expenses directly related to your proposal.

Method of Application
A new grants system (the WT Grant Tracker) replaces the eGrants, the former electronic application system. The full application will be reviewed by the relevant Interview Committee, which makes the final decision. Please note that candidates are not interviewed for these Fellowships.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply to this scholarship award.

Applications are considered twice a year (March and August rounds). You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. The 2018/19 application deadlines are 26 March 2018 amd 31 August 2018. Late applications will not be considered.

Final decision by Interview Committee is in June 2018 (for March deadline), and November 2018 (for August deadline). Fellowships must be taken up within one year of award.

You should give careful thought to identifying sponsors and supervisors who possess strong track records in research, training and mentorship. These individuals should provide you with guidance during the application process and throughout the Fellowship.

You may not apply for more than one Wellcome Trust fellowship at any one time.

The Wellcome Trust reserves the right not to process an application if the scheme's eligibility criteria are not met or if the application has not been completed in full.

Application Deadline: 31 August 2018
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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