Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships in UK or Overseas, 2017

Applications are invited for Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships in Biomedical Research to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area.

This scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world.

Our funding supports over 14,000 people in more than 70 countries. In the next five years, we aim to spend up to £5 billion helping thousands of curious, passionate people all over the world explore ideas in science, population health, medical innovation, the humanities and social sciences and public engagement.

Course Level: Fellowships are available to postdoctoral researchers for developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas.

Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded in Biomedical research. Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to develop and deliver a personal programme to achieve their research aims.

Scholarship Award: The fellowship provides an award of £250 000. These funds provide support for:

  • A basic salary as determined by the host institution, with an additional Trust enhancement for basic science fellows.
  • A fellowship supplement of £2,500 a year, for your personal support.

Scholarship can be taken in UK or Overseas (You may be sponsored by your current host institution but must begin your fellowship at a new research location.)


  • These awards are open to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area. For preliminary applications submitted after November 2014, you must be in the final year of your PhD studies or have no more than two years of postdoctoral research experience from the date of your PhD viva at the final decision point (i.e. interview). Time spent outside the research environment will be taken into consideration (e.g. time away due to maternity, paternity, adoption leave or other caring responsibilities; ill-health or working in a non-research environment/role such as industry).
  • Where applicants have taken formal maternity, paternity or adoption leave as the primary carer (either the mother, father, partner or adopter), the Trust will allow an additional six months for each period of parental leave when assessing eligibility. Each case will be considered individually and the employing institution may need to confirm that the applicant qualifies for this provision.
  • You must have an eligible sponsoring institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award. You may be sponsored by your current host institution but are encouraged to begin your fellowship at a new research location. You will require a: sponsor (normally the Head of Department, or equivalent, e.g. Centre/Unit Director) who can guarantee that the sponsoring institution will administer the award for the full tenure of the fellowship; mentor who will provide you with independent support and advice for the duration of the award; research sponsor in every different research environment who must be able to provide relevant scientific guidance. A sponsor may also be nominated as a research sponsor or mentor on an application. However, we would not expect a single individual to be proposed for all three roles.

Nationality: These awards are open to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech, Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvi, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and UK).

WellcomeTrust_logo How to Apply: Please use WT Grant Tracker to complete your preliminary application. This will be assessed within four weeks of the submission deadline. If successful, you will be invited to submit a full application. Your full application will be peer reviewed by the relevant scientific committee and, if successful, you will be shortlisted for interview.

Application Form

Application Deadline: Applications for this scheme are considered twice a year. Details of the next round are: Preliminary application deadline: May 4, 2017 and full application deadline: July 10, 2017.

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