Fellowships for Clinical Healthcare Professionals in the UK from Wellcome Trust

Deadline : 05 Aug 2020

Nonprofit organization: Wellcome Trust

Specialities: Medical Sciences

Study level: Ph.D.

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Fellowships for Clinical Healthcare Professionals in the UK from Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Foundation is offering the Clinical Research Career Development fellowships in the UK to enable clinically active healthcare professionals to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence. The fellowships are dedicated to researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience. The funding includes a salary and research expenses for up to 8 years.

Eligibility:-

  • You can apply for a Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship if you’re a healthcare professional and you want to balance clinical work with a research career. 
  • You must have completed your thesis for a higher degree (preferably a PhD). 
  • If you're currently writing your thesis, you must have submitted it by the full application deadline. 
  • You must have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
  • All applicants, including those based outside the UK, must have the following at the point when they apply:
  • Medical and dental candidates must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) with a licence to practise 
  • Veterinary candidates must have a degree in veterinary medicine (for example BVSc, BVM&S, BVMS, BVetMed or VetMB), be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and have some experience in clinical practice
  • Clinical psychology candidates must have a professional doctorate-level qualification in clinical psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society and be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • all other healthcare professionals (for example, nurses, midwives, non-medical public health candidates and allied health professionals) must have a relevant degree, and be registered with their relevant professional regulator. 
  • If you're applying to work in the Republic of Ireland, you must be registered with the relevant Irish regulatory bodies.
  • You can’t usually apply if you:
    • Hold, or have held, a nationally competitive fellowship at an equivalent level, supported by another UK funding body.
    • Have a permanent or rolling employment contract, although wellcome is willing to consider an application if you can justify moving to a different organisation or a change in research direction.
    • Are currently applying for another Wellcome fellowship.
    • If you’ve already been unsuccessful with a full application to this scheme, please contact us before you apply again. You can submit two applications to each stage.
    • You can't apply to carry out activities that involve the transfer of grant funds into mainland China.

Requirements:-

  • Wellcome will review:
    • The strength of your track record in research relative to your career stage, for example publications, patents, software development or an impact on policy.
    • The quality and importance of your research question(s) 
    • How your research question and project will take you to the next stage in your career  
    • Your knowledge of the scientific area
    • The feasibility of your proposal, including any preliminary data
    • The suitability of your research environment(s) and sponsor(s), where relevant
    • Your vision of how this fellowship will contribute to your career development
    • Your potential to become a research leader in your field.

The Fellowship Program:-

A Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship is split into two stages, related to your experience.

  • Stage 1. Exploration and consolidation
    • If you're an early postdoctoral researcher, you can apply for an initial phase of funding that provides research expenses and salary support. This will help you to:

      • Learn new skills.

      • Consolidate your research skills and experience.

      • Explore new areas of research.

      • Develop your long-term career aims.

    • At the end of stage 1, you should be able to show that you have:

      • The research maturity to lead a creative, independent research programme.

      • The potential to be an independent leader in your area of research.

  • Stage 2. Early independence
    • To apply for a stage 2 fellowship, you must show that you are ready to lead a creative, independent research programme. 

    • Stage 2 funding can include support for a postdoctoral research assistant, nurse or technician.

    • At the end of stage 2, you should:

      • Have achieved international standing in your area of research.

      • Be leading your own research programme.

Benefits:-

  • A basic salary, determined by your host organisation.
  • Personal removal expenses.
  • Research expenses directly related to your proposal.
  • Funding for one research post (postdoctoral research assistant, nurse, or technician) at stage 2.

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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