Flexible research careers

We understand that different people choose different career paths, so we want to provide flexible research career opportunities.

We constantly review the funding and career support we offer our researchers.

See an overview of our personal support schemes [PDF 44KB]

Re-entering a research career

Our Research Career Re-entry Fellowships offer postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific career after a continuous break from research of at least two years. 

The Wellcome Sanger Institute’s Janet Thornton Fellowships help scientists to return to research after a career break of a year or more. 

UK universities that receive one of our Institutional Strategic Support Fund awards can use part of the award to co-fund Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships.

Maternity, paternity, adoption or sick leave

We offer maternity, paternity, adoption or sick leave to our researchers.

Flexible and part-time working

If you’re funded by us, you can request flexible and part-time working. We always try to accommodate requests, as long as they fit in with the needs of employing organisations.

For more information, please contact our Grants Information Desk.

Our policies and activities supporting flexible research careers

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Contact us

For grant-related queries please contact our grants information desk or one of our grants advisers:

Grant enquiries contact details

Find out about our Grants Management team

Developing research leaders

Our Research Leadership Development Programme connects senior researchers with great leaders to help improve their skills.