The Hub Award

The Hub Award brings researchers and other creative professionals together at Wellcome Collection, to work on a two-year project.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Early, Intermediate, Senior, Returning to research

Level of funding:

Up to £1 million

Duration of funding:

Up to 2 years

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Key dates

The application deadline for the 2016 residency has closed. We consider applications once every two years.

Eligibility and suitability

Who can apply

Groups of four to six people can apply for The Hub Award.

Your proposed project should:

  • bring together people from different professional backgrounds, such as health, the arts and academia
  • be innovative and experimental
  • fit with Wellcome Trust's strategy.

One member of your group should lead the project. This person will need to spend at least half their time on the project.

All members of the group should have a good track record in their area of expertise.

What we're looking for

We encourage applications from a group that will:

  • explore health in its cultural and social contexts
  • develop a programme of public engagement
  • create work that is original and impactful
  • produce new insights, forms of engagement, methodologies or interventions.

You'll need to be able to explain:

  • how being based at Wellcome Collection will benefit your project
  • how the different members of your group will contribute to the project
  • your proposed activities and outcomes (eg publications, creative works and public events).

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What we offer

A Hub Award is for up to £1 million, spread over two academic years.

If offers a specially designed, flexible space at Wellcome Collection, including quiet spaces, meeting and seminar rooms, and access to a recording studio.

The award can be used for a range of activities and research costs, including:

  • salary costs for your group
  • salary costs for collaborators and administrative staff, such as project co-ordinators, extra researchers and resident artists
  • project expenses, such as equipment, materials, travel, events and public engagement activities.

Your group will be able to contribute to Wellcome Collection's public events and exchange ideas and expertise with our staff.

What we don’t offer

It's unlikely that you'll be able to develop your own exhibition for display at Wellcome Collection.

We don't fund on a proportion of full economic costs in UK universities.

How to apply

The application deadline for the 2016 residency has closed. We consider applications once every two years.

You can find out more about The Hub, and our current award holders, on the Wellcome Collection website.

Stages of application

Please read The Hub Award Grant Conditions before you apply. 

The Hub Award Grant Conditions [DOCX 152KB]

  1. Submit your preliminary application

    We're not currently accepting applications to this scheme.

  2. Review and shortlisting

    Preliminary applications are assessed by The Hub Selection Panel. If your application is successful, you'll be invited to submit a full application.

  3. Submit your full application

    View the  Sample full application form for The Hub Award [PDF 1.5MB].

  4. Interview

    The Hub Selection Panel will interview shortlisted groups at the Wellcome Trust offices in London.



You’re starting your career in postdoctoral research.


You’re consolidating your research career. You lead on research projects and are establishing a research team.


You’re an experienced researcher responsible for the strategic direction of your research programme(s) and team(s).

Returning to research

You’re returning to a research career after a break of two years or more.