This scheme supported individuals working on small and medium-scale research projects that focus on library or archive collections supported by Wellcome.
Scheme at a glance
This scheme is now closed
For researchers with a PhD or equivalent.
For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.
For people who want to return to a research career after a break of two years or more.
Level of funding:
Usually in the range of £5,000 to £25,000
Duration of funding:
Who can apply
Research Bursaries are for academic researchers, conservators, artists, performers, broadcasters, writers, public engagement practitioners and others working in the creative arts.
If you're an experienced researcher in an established academic post, you should have some publications in an appropriate area.
If you're an experienced or early-career researcher not in an established academic post, you should have a doctorate or clinical qualification. You should also have established a research interest in biomedical science or in the humanities or social sciences (as they relate to medicine).
If you're applying from outside the scholarly community, you'll usually be expected to demonstrate relevant experience and achievements, and to explain the approach you will use to explore your chosen collection.
All projects must:
- focus on one or more collections supported by a current or previous Research Resources Grant or on materials in the Wellcome Library
- be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
What we're looking for
We want collections supported by us – Research Resources Grants and those in the Wellcome Library – to be the starting point for your idea. Your research might lead to a wide range of findings, such as:
- symposia or academic meetings
- public lectures
- journal articles or other publications
- film, TV or radio scripts.
Researchers in the Wellcome Library should be willing to take part in the life of the library and work with library staff as their ideas develop. This may not be the case with collections we support in other organisations. You can discuss your idea with individual organisations.
Research Resources Awards in Humanities and Social Science
Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science
Research Bursaries are usually in the range of £5,000 to £25,000.
Awards contribute towards expenses incurred in travelling to, and consulting at, libraries or archives in the UK or Republic of Ireland, such as:
You can ask for travel costs to cover essential visits to the Wellcome Library, and archives and libraries that are supported through the Research Resources scheme.
You’ll need to justify each visit and its duration.
If you're away for up to one month you can ask for subsistence costs. These include accommodation, meals and incidentals (eg refreshments or newspapers).
If your administering organisation has a subsistence policy, use their rates.
If your administering organisation doesn’t have a subsistence policy, please use the HMRC rates.
You can ask for personal support or salary expenses to cover the time you spend on the project. You will need to be able to justify these costs.
- archival photocopying
- printing associated with fieldwork and empirical research
- other items if they are necessary for the project and you can justify them.
We will add an inflation allowance to your award.
How we calculate your inflation allowance
Your inflation allowance is based on your total eligible costs and the duration of the award. You'll receive the allowance if the costs in your application are in pounds sterling, euros or US dollars.
Award duration (in months) Inflation allowance 0-12 0.0% 13-24 1.0% 25-36 2.0% 37-48 3.0% 49-60 4.1% 61-72 5.1% 73-84 6.2%
These rates are calculated using compound inflation at 2.0% a year from Year 2 onwards.
What to include in your application
The costs in your application must be based on current known costs, excluding inflation.
If you request personal support or salary expenses, you should provide an explanation in your application.
You should request a level and duration of funding that's appropriate to your career stage, research experience and proposed research.
What we don’t offer
- University fees.
- Travel and visa arrangements.
We don't fund overheads.
This scheme is now closed.
April 2018 round
This was the final round.
3 April 2018, 17:00 BST
Find out about some of the people and projects we've funded for this scheme.