International Research Scholars Programme

This scheme supports early-career scientists who have trained in the UK or US and want to establish independent research programmes in a country outside of the G7.

The scheme is a partnership between Wellcome, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Early, Intermediate

Where your host organisation is based:

Republic of Ireland, Low- and middle-income countries, Rest of the world

Type of researcher:

Basic, Public health

Level of funding:

Up to $650,000, with research assistance and expenses

Duration of funding:

5 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply

Funding partners



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.

Republic of Ireland
Low- and middle-income countries

Low-income, lower-middle-income and upper-middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank

Rest of the world

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Public health

Key dates

This scheme has now closed.

  • Application deadline

    30 June 2016

  • Interviews

    28 February, 1 and 2 March 2017

  • Successful applicants notified

    April 2017

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact the Howard Hughes Medical Institute