Research fellowships in Humanities and Social Science in the UK from Wellcome Trust Foundation

Deadline : 10 Sep 2020

Nonprofit organization: Wellcome Trust

Study level: Ph.D.

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Research fellowships  in Humanities and Social Science in the UK from Wellcome Trust Foundation
  • The Wellcome Trust Foundation is offering Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science in the UK to support postdoctoral researchers in health-related humanities and social sciences who do not hold established academic posts.
  • The fellowships are dedicated to researchers with a PhD or equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience and people who want to return to a research career after a break of two years or more.
  • The funding includes a salary and research expenses for up to 3 years.


  • You can apply for a Research Fellowship if you’re a postdoctoral researcher who wants to carry out an extended period of research on your own project.

  • You must not have a permanent contract or a contract that will last longer than this fellowship.

  • You should be based (or planning to be based) in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country (apart from mainland China)

  • You should have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation .

  • In most cases, applicants should have been awarded a Ph.D. before they apply.

  • You can't apply to carry out activities that involve the transfer of grant funds into mainland China.

Requirements and Conditions

  • Wellcome Trust will assess:

    • The significance and originality of your proposed research.

    • The suitability and relevance of your approach to your research topic.

    • Your previous research contributions eg publications, conference papers, public engagement and policy-related work.

    • The suitability of the host organisation for your research and for developing your independent career.

  • You must have an eligible sponsoring organisation that will administer your fellowship for its full duration .

  • You should give careful thought to your choice of sponsor and supervisor or mentor; they should have strong track records in research, training and mentorship.

  • If you have a multi-site or multi-method project, you may need more than one supervisor or mentor.

  • You should make it clear on your application form how you will all work together.

  • Your sponsor can also be your supervisor or mentor.


A Research Fellowship is for up to three years, or you can hold it part-time over a longer period.

An award will not usually be above £275,000.

Support includes:

  • A basic salary (determined by your host organisation)
  • Personal removal expenses
  • Research expenses.

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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