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

This scheme is now closed

Career stage:

Postdoctoral research

Where your host organisation is based:

Republic of Ireland, Low- or 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

Who can apply

You can apply to the International Research Scholars Programme if you’re a researcher in the early stages of your career. 

You’ll have trained in UK or US for at least one year and hold a permanent research position. You must not have run your own lab for more than seven years.

You’ll need to be carrying out research in:

  • basic biological and biomedical sciences
  • areas of chemistry, physics or computer science that are directly related to biology or medicine
  • public health.

The scheme is open to applicants from non-G7 countries that are not on the US Department of State’s Office of Foreign Assets Control list at the time of funding. The G7 countries are: 

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

You can find out more about eligibility on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute website.

Up to 50 scholars, 15 funded by Wellcome, will be supported by this scheme to establish independent research programmes.

The maximum award available is $650,000 over five years. This amount can be used to cover: 

  • research expenses 
  • equipment 
  • research assistance
  • travel costs for meetings and collaborations.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute website has more information about costs.

What we don’t offer

Funding cannot be used for laboratory renovations.  

This scheme has now closed.

Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.

Dates

  • Application deadline

    30 June 2016

  • Interviews

    28 February, 1 and 2 March 2017

  • Successful applicants notified

    April 2017

Funding partners

Definitions

Postdoctoral research

For researchers with a PhD or equivalent.

Republic of Ireland
Low- or middle-income countries

See a list of low- and middle-income countries, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Rest of the world
Basic

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Public health

Contact us

If you have a question, contact the Howard Hughes Medical Institute: