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Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science, 2016

Wellcome Trust is offering senior research fellowships for postdoctoral scientists to carry out independent research in Basic Biomedical Science. Applicants must be based within academic institutions across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Fellowships may be taken up on a part-time employment basis, where appropriate. Applicants must have an eligible sponsoring host institution in the UK or RoI with the support of the relevant Head of Department, or equivalent, who can guarantee that you will be supported in leading their own independent research team and that adequate space and resources will be provided for the duration of the award.

Study Subject(s): Fellowship is awarded in Basic Biomedical Science.
Course Level: 
Fellowship is available for postdoctoral scientists to carry out independent research.
Scholarship Provider: 
Wellcome Trust, UK
Award can be taken at: UK and Ireland

Eligibility: To be eligible for the opportunity applicants must:
-have between seven and normally twelve years’ research experience (from the date of your viva to the decision date, i.e. interview) at postdoctoral level, or veterinary equivalent, and have a substantial record of publications in their chosen area of research in leading international journals.
– have taken formal maternity, paternity or adoption leave as the primary career.
-a UK/EEA national
-a non-EEA national who either has a relevant degree from a UK university, or has worked in the UK for at least a continuous three-year period
-an exceptional biomedical scientist, who does not fall within the categories above, whose recruitment to the host institution would be advantageous to both the applicant and the institution.
You must have an eligible sponsoring host institution in the UK or RoI with the support of the relevant Head of Department, or equivalent (e.g. Centre Director, Head of School, etc.), who can guarantee that you will be supported in leading your own independent research team and that adequate space and resources will be provided for the duration of the award.

Open for International Students: Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical ScienceThe fellowship is available for UK/EEA nationals and a non-EEA national who either has a relevant degree from a UK university, or has worked in the UK for at least a continuous three-year period.

Description: Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science fund the most outstanding postdoctoral scientists based within academic institutions across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. This scheme provides support for outstanding postdoctoral scientists based in academic institutions in the UK and Republic of Ireland (RoI). Candidates are expected to have an excellent track record in their scientific field and be able to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The fellowship is awarded for five years. This Fellowship is subject to competitive rolling scientific review every five years, and renewed awards will be funded on the basis that the Trust and the host institution will each provide 50 per cent of the Fellow’s employment costs for the duration of any renewal period.

What does it cover? The fellowship provides:
-a basic salary, as determined by the host institution (normally up to £65 000 pa) with an additional Trust supplement of £12 500 pa
-the essential costs of the research program (e.g. consumables, equipment, research assistance, overseas allowances, collaborative travel and subsistence, fieldwork and data collection)
-an inflation allowance and support to attend academic/scientific conferences
– provision for public engagement costs.

Selection Criteria: Reviewers typically assess:
-the calibre of the candidate
-the quality and importance of the research question(s)
-the approach to solving these questions
-the suitability of the research environment.
Candidates are not expected to move organisation in order to apply for this fellowship. However, a strong justification is required if you have been in the same department for more than two years and do not hold an independent award/position. In such circumstances, you are encouraged to give careful consideration to how you will be able to demonstrate your independence to the international research community.

Notification: Short listing of candidates by Expert Review Group will be in January 2016 and by interview panel will be from 5-7 April 2016.

How to Apply: Please complete your application using WT Grant Tracker. Awards will be made following a rigorous review process and interview. The application process consists of the following stages:
-Preliminary application: Your preliminary application must be accompanied by an institutional statement of commitment from your host institution sponsor
-Invited main application: If a main application is invited, you will be asked to complete the main application form. The form will require you to provide information additional to that provided in the preliminary application, particularly in relation to your research vision
-Interview: by Interview Panel, with additional peer review from relevant scientific experts.

Online Application

Application Deadline: The preliminary application deadline is 11 September 2015 and main application deadline is 6 November 2015.

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