Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers in Public Health from Wellcome Trust

Deadline : 20 Sep 2020

Nonprofit organization: Wellcome Trust

Specialities: Medical Sciences

Study level: Ph.D.

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Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers in Public Health from Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Foundation in cooperation with the Royal Society is offering the Sir Henry Dale fellowships in the UK to support postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups. This fellowship is for researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience. The funding includes a salary and research expenses for 5 years.

Eligibility:-

  • You can apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship if you’re already driving your own research and you’re ready to lead an independent research programme.
  • You must have a PhD and significant postdoctoral research experience.
  • You should have made important contributions to your area of research, eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on policy.
  • You must have sponsorship from a head of department or equivalent at an eligible host organisation in the UK. Applicants who want to be based in the Republic of Ireland should apply for a Research Career Development Fellowship instead.
  • If you're proposing to stay in your current department, you should describe in your application how this proposal will further your independent scientific career.
  • If you've been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave), this will be allowed when your application is considered.
  • You can't usually apply if:
    • You have a permanent or rolling employment contract, although Wellcome is willing to consider a preliminary application if you have a strong justification for moving to a different organisation
    • You have held or you currently hold a nationally competitive fellowship at the same (or a similar) career stage as this fellowship
    • You're currently applying for another Wellcome fellowship or a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.
    • You can’t apply if you want to combine research with a continuing clinical career in medicine, psychology, dentistry or veterinary practice.
    • You can't apply to carry out activities that involve the transfer of grant funds into mainland China.
  • You can only submit two full applications to this scheme. If you've already been unsuccessful with a full application, please contact Wellcome before you apply again.

Requirements:-

  • Wellcome will review:
    • Your research contributions.
    • The scientific merit of your proposed project.
    • The significance of the research.
    • The feasibility of your proposal.
    • The suitability of your sponsor and host environment for both your research and for the development of your independent career. 
  • At the end of this fellowship, you should:
    • Have achieved international standing in your area of research.
    • Be leading your own research programme.
    • Have the skills and experience to apply for senior level fellowships or permanent positions at UK research organisations.

Sponsorship Conditions:-

  • You must have a sponsor who is a head of department or equivalent (eg centre director or head of school) in your host organisation. 
  • If you propose to work in a low- or middle-income country during your fellowship, you may also need a sponsor in that location. 
  • Your sponsor must guarantee that the host organisation will provide: 
    • Support to lead your own independent research.
    • The space and resources you'll need from the start date through to the end date of your award.
    • The status and benefits of other academic staff of similar seniority. 
    • Your sponsor should not expect you to spend more than six hours a week on non-research activities (eg teaching or administration). 
    • Your sponsor’s support and mentorship should be part of a longer-term commitment to help you achieve your career aspirations. 

Benefits:-

  • A basic salary (determined by your host organisation).
  • A fellowship supplement of £7,500 for your personal support.
  • Personal removal expenses.
  • Research expenses, normally including one research post (postdoctoral research assistant or technician).
  • A contribution towards indirect and estate costs of £11,000 a year (from the Royal Society).

About Wellcome Trust:-

The Wellcome Trust is a research-charity and an independent global charitable foundation based in London, in the United Kingdom. It aims to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. It had a financial endowment of £25.9 billion in 2018 making it the fourth wealthiest charitable foundation in the world. In 2012, the Wellcome Trust was described by the Financial Times as the United Kingdom's largest provider of non-governmental funding for scientific research, and one of the largest providers in the world.

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