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Senior Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine for Developing Countries, 2019

Wellcome Trust is offering senior fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine for developing countries at an academic institution in a low- and middle-income country.

This fellowship is the most senior of a series of career awards aimed at building sustainable capacity in areas of research that have the potential for increasing health benefits for people and their livestock in low- and middle-income countries.

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Applications are particularly encouraged from outstanding low- and middle-income country researchers working overseas who wish to return to their home country. The Wellcome Trust is an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health because good health makes life better.

Brief Description

University or Organization: Wellcome Trust
Department: NA
Course Level: Research program
Award: £12,500
Access Mode: Online
Number of Awards: NA
Nationality: Applicants from low and middle-income countries
The program can be taken in low- and middle-income country
Application Deadline: 12 November 2019, 17:00 GMT


  • Eligible Countries: Applicants from low and middle income countries (Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde* (Capo Verde), Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, The Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Rep., Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Dem Rep., Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, FYR, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, RB, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this fellowship.
  • Entrance Requirements: You can apply for a Senior Research Fellowship if you’re already leading your own independent research program.
  •  Fellowship is provided for pursuing a research program at an academic institution in a low- and middle-income country.
  • The program of work you propose must be innovative and ambitious. You should have a higher degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) and significant research experience. You should be able to show:
    • your work is important, original and has an impact
    • you have made important contributions to your area of research, eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on health policy or practice
    • you are developing an international reputation as a research leader in your field
    • you’re committed to developing and mentoring less experienced researchers.

    You must have sponsorship from a head of department or equivalent at an eligible host organization. Your host organization must be located in one of the following:

    If you hold or have held, a senior fellowship supported by another funding body, you can apply for a Senior Research Fellowship of up to 5 years (not 7 years). You will need a 50% salary contribution from your host organization. After this, you can’t apply for a renewal. Please contact the relevant Science team to discuss this and to find out how to apply.

    If you’ve been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, shared parental leave or long-term sick leave), we’ll allow for this when we consider your application.

    Your research proposal

    All research proposals must:

    • be within our science remit
    • describe an innovative and ambitious program of work
    • explain the approaches that will be used to deliver that program of work
    • be distinct from activities already supported by other awards.

    If you are a national of a low- or middle-income country and you propose to work in a low- or middle- income country, your research proposal must also focus on a health priority in that country.

    We will review:

    • your research contributions as an independent researcher
    • the importance of your research question(s)
    • the feasibility of your proposal
    • the suitability of your research environment(s).

Fellowships for Developing Countries

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: To participate, the applicants need to submit an online application.
  • Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Stages of application

  1. Submit your full application

    You must submit your full application through Grant Tracker(opens in a new tab).

    View the Sample full application form for Senior Research Fellowships and Principal Research Fellowships [PDF 335KB].

    We’ll let you know if you’re not eligible.

  2. Scientific review and shortlisting

    One of the following expert review groups will review your application, depending on your area of research:

    If successful, we will invite you for an interview. We’ll give you at least two weeks’ notice.

  3. External peer review

    We’ll seek written comments from external expert reviewers. Unattributed comments will be sent to you before your interview.

  4. Interview

    If you’re invited for an interview, you’ll be asked to make a short presentation. This will be followed by questions from the Science Interview Panel. Interviews take place at the Wellcome offices in London.


  • A Senior Research Fellowship is for up to seven years. After this time, you can apply for one renewal of up to 5 years.
  • The fellowship may be held on a part-time basis.

The award includes:

  • A basic salary (determined by your host organization)
  • A fellowship supplement of £12,500 if you’re paid on a non-clinical salary scale
  • Personal removal expenses
  • Research expenses, including research staff

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