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If you’ve got a great idea in the areas we support, browse our grant schemes to find the one that’s right for you.

Displaying 52 schemes

    International Master’s Fellowships

    Offering nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at Master’s degree level.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    30 months (12 months taught Master’s course and 18 months research project)

    Scale of funding

    £120,000 including salary, studentship stipend, fees and research expenses

    Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

    Supporting postdoctoral researchers in health-related humanities and social sciences who do not hold established academic posts.

    Career stage:

    • ,
    • ,

    Duration of funding

    Up to 3 years

    Scale of funding

    Salary and research expenses covered

    Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Offering recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    4 years

    Scale of funding

    £300,000, including salary, fellowship supplement and research expenses

    Collaborative Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Funding teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach.

    Career stage:

    • ,

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland,

    Duration of funding

    3 to 5 years

    Scale of funding

    Up to £1.5 million

    Innovator Awards

    Supporting researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

    Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

    Providing support for postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups. The scheme is a partnership between the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    5 years (you can apply for 3 more years after this time)

    Scale of funding

    Salary and research expenses covered

    Investigator Awards in Science

    Enabling independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland,

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Flexible duration, up to 7 years

    Scale of funding

    Flexible funding, up to around £3 million. Salary isn’t provided.

    International Training Fellowships

    Offering nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at postgraduate or postdoctoral level.

    Career stage:

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    Where your host organisation is based:

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    3 years

    Scale of funding

    Usually £150,00 to £300,000 for salary, fees and research expenses

    Collaborative Awards in Science

    Funding teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland,

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Up to 5 years

    Scale of funding

    Up to £4 million

    Doctoral Studentships

    Enabling researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland,

    Duration of funding

    Usually 3 years

    Scale of funding

    Stipend, research expenses and tuition fees

    Four-year PhD Studentships in Science

    Offering the most promising students in-depth postgraduate training at 32 programmes throughout the UK.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland

    Type of researcher:

    Duration of funding

    4 years

    Scale of funding

    Studentship stipend, fees and other costs

    Impact of Vaccines on Antimicrobial Resistance

    Supporting researchers investigating the impact of vaccines on antibiotic use and/or antimicrobial resistance.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • Anywhere in the world

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Flexible, depending on level of funding

    Scale of funding

    Small awards are up to £250,000. Large awards are £250,000 to £750,000.

    Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Enabling humanities and social science researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most significant questions in human health.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland,

    Duration of funding

    Usually 3 to 5 years

    Scale of funding

    From £250,000 to £1 million

    Senior Research Fellowships

    Supporting independent researchers who want to tackle the most important questions in science and who are leaders in their field.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland,

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Up to 7 years (after this you can apply for one renewal of up to 5 years with 50% of your salary covered by us)

    Scale of funding

    Salary and research expenses covered

    Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships

    Enabling clinically active healthcare professionals to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence. 

    Career stage:

    • ,

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland

    Type of researcher:

    • Clinical

    Duration of funding

    Up to 8 years

    Scale of funding

    Salary and research expenses covered

    Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Helping researchers develop compelling and innovative ideas that will go on to form part of larger grant applications to Wellcome or elsewhere.

    Career stage:

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    • ,

    Duration of funding

    12 to 18 months

    Scale of funding

    Usually between £25,000 and £100,000

    Open Research Fund

    Enabling researchers to develop and test innovative ways of making health research open, accessible and reusable.

    Career stage:

    • ,
    • ,

    Duration of funding

    Up to one year

    Scale of funding

    Up to £50,000

    International Intermediate Fellowships

    Offering nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to lead their own research programmes.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    5 years

    Scale of funding

    Usually £400,000 to £800,000 for salary and research expenses

    Research Fellowships for Health Professionals

    Offering practising health professionals the opportunity to carry out humanities or social science research, in any area of health.

    Career stage:

    • ,

    Duration of funding

    Up to 3 years

    Scale of funding

    Salary and research expenses covered

    Research Enrichment – Public Engagement

    Helping Wellcome grantholders to engage the public with their research. This scheme was previously known as the Provision for Public Engagement.

    Career stage:

    • ,
    • ,

    Duration of funding

    Funding will end at the same time as your main Wellcome grant

    Scale of funding

    Between £10,000 and £250,000 (depending on your main Wellcome grant)

    Four-year PhD Programmes in Science

    Supporting PhD programmes in the UK to train biomedical and public health researchers.

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Five annual intakes of students, starting in autumn 2020

    Scale of funding

    Studentship stipends, fees and other costs

    PhD Training Fellowships for Clinicians

    Offering clinicians the opportunity to undertake a PhD within a structured and mentored training environment.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland

    Type of researcher:

    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Usually 3 years

    Scale of funding

    Salary and research expenses covered

    University Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Enabling humanities and social science researchers to gain permanent positions at academic organisations.

    Career stage:

    • ,

    Duration of funding

    Up to 5 years

    Scale of funding

    Salary and research expenses covered

    Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

    Providing promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer holidays, with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in research.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK

    Duration of funding

    6 to 8 weeks

    Scale of funding

    Salary at the National Living Wage

    Research Career Development Fellowships

    Providing support for postdoctoral researchers at academic organisations in the Republic of Ireland who aim to become independent scientists leading their own group.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • Republic of Ireland

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    5 years

    Scale of funding

    Salary and research expenses covered

    The Hub Award

    Bringing researchers and creative professionals together at Wellcome Collection to work as a collaborative residency.

    Duration of funding

    One to two years

    Scale of funding

    Flexible funding, up to £1 million

    Research Career Re-entry Fellowships

    Offering postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers after a continuous break from research of at least two years.

    Career stage:

    • ,
    • ,

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Up to 4 years

    Scale of funding

    Salary and research expenses covered

    Master's Studentships in Humanities and Social Science

    Enabling researchers to undertake humanities or social science Master's courses in any area of health.

    Career stage:

    Duration of funding

    1 year

    Scale of funding

    Studentship stipend and fees covered

    Curiosity

    'Curiosity' provides funding for organisations who want to run exciting and engaging science activities aimed at disadvantaged children and young people. 

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK

    Duration of funding

    Up to 3 years

    Scale of funding

    Up to £10,000 a year for a small award. Up to £40,000 a year for a large award.

    Research Enrichment – Open Research

    Supporting Wellcome grantholders to develop innovative ways to make their research open, accessible and reusable.

    Career stage:

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    • ,

    Duration of funding

    Funding will end at the same time as your main Wellcome grant

    Scale of funding

    Up to £50,000

    Longitudinal Population Study Grants

    Providing support for researchers who want to establish, maintain or enhance longitudinal population studies (LPS) for the benefit of the wider scientific community.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Up to 5 years

    Scale of funding

    Up to £5 million for a Core support grant. Up to £1.5 million for an Enhancing value grant.

    Climate Change and Health Awards

    Supporting researchers who want to explore the links between people’s health and a changing climate. 

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland,
    • ,
    • Rest of the world

    Duration of funding

    Up to 3 years

    Scale of funding

    £100,000 to £500,000 (up to £1 million in exceptional circumstances)

    Multi-user Equipment Grants

    Providing support for multi-user items of equipment.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Up to 5 years

    Scale of funding

    £100,000 to £1 million

    Principal Research Fellowships

    Providing long-term funding for senior research scientists of international standing.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    5 or 7 years (you can apply for renewal after this time)

    Scale of funding

    Salary and research expenses covered

    Engagement Fellowships

    Developing emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage the public with health research.

    Where your activity will take place:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland

    Duration of funding

    Up to 2 years. Can be done part time.

    Scale of funding

    Salary and research expenses covered

    Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion

    Enabling Wellcome grantholders to identify and tackle barriers to diversity and inclusion in their work.

    Career stage:

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    • ,

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Funding will end at the same time as your main Wellcome grant

    Scale of funding

    Up to £20,000

    Biomedical Resource and Technology Development Grants

    Providing support for researchers who want to establish or maintain biomedical resources (including databases and collections) for the benefit of the wider scientific community.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Up to 5 years

    Scale of funding

    Up to £1.5 million

    Joint Health Systems Research Initiative

    Supporting research based in low- and middle-income countries to improve health systems in those locations.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Research grants normally last up to three years. Foundation grants last for 24 months.

    Scale of funding

    Approximately £4 million is available to fund five to ten research grants. Foundation grants are up to £200,000 each.

    Research Resources Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Helping collection and information professionals develop library and archive material for humanities and social science researchers.

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland

    Duration of funding

    Up to 5 years

    Scale of funding

    Up to £500,000

    UK Prevention Research Partnership Scheme

    Funding large interdisciplinary research collaborations and networks to support research on the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases in the UK.

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK

    Duration of funding

    5 years for a consortium; up to 4 years for a network

    Scale of funding

    £4 million to £7 million for a consortium; up to £400,000 for a network

    Secondment Fellowships

    Secondment Fellowships are for humanities and social science researchers who we already fund. Researchers spend three to six months working at non-academic organisations to develop their skills.

    Career stage:

    • ,

    Duration of funding

    3 to 6 months

    Scale of funding

    A fully-funded extension to a fellowship, PhD or research assistant position

    Joint Global Health Trials scheme

    Funding late-stage trials of interventions that will provide evidence to help improve health in low- and middle-income countries.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Development grants are up to 2 years. Research grants are usually 3 to 4 years, but can be up to 5 years.

    Scale of funding

    Up to £20 million is available to fund several awards. Development grants are up to £150,000 each.

    Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme

    Providing support for research institutes and humanitarian organisations that work in partnership to improve health outcomes in humanitarian crises.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland,
    • ,
    • Rest of the world

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Up to 48 months

    Scale of funding

    An overall budget of about £3.5 million for each call

    Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships

    Offering short-term funding for biomedical researchers to travel between the UK and the Middle East to learn new techniques and develop academic collaborations.

    Career stage:

    • ,

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Rest of the world

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Four weeks or three months

    Scale of funding

    Up to £3,500 (four weeks) or up to £9,000 (three months)

    Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

    Providing small grants to enable clinical lecturers to pursue their research work, gather preliminary data and strengthen their applications for longer-term fellowships and funding.

    Career stage:

    • ,

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK

    Type of researcher:

    • Clinical,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    1 to 2 years

    Scale of funding

    Up to £30,000

    Human Infection Studies for Vaccine Development

    Supporting teams of researchers working on human infection studies in low- and middle-income countries to accelerate vaccine development. 

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Clinical

    Duration of funding

    Up to 5 years

    Scale of funding

    £3 million to £5 million

    Master's Programme Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Supporting people who want to run Master’s programmes to train humanities and social science researchers in any area of health.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland

    Duration of funding

    3 years

    Scale of funding

    Each award covers the cost of 3 studentships

    Public Engagement Fund

    This fund enables individuals and organisations to use creative approaches in engaging the public with health research.

    Where your project will take place:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland,
    • Low- and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific

    Duration of funding

    Up to 3 years

    Scale of funding

    £25,000 to £3 million

    Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science

    Funding programmes of activities that enable researchers to build professional networks, develop new research agendas and increase the impact of their work.

    Career stage:

    • ,
    • ,

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Republic of Ireland,

    Duration of funding

    Flexible, usually 6 to 12 months but can be longer

    Scale of funding

    Usually up to £30,000

    Springboard Awards

    Providing small grants to support basic biomedical scientists as they develop their independent research careers. The scheme is a collaboration between the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) and the Wellcome Trust.

    Career stage:

    • ,

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK

    Type of researcher:

    • ,
    • Public health

    Duration of funding

    Two years

    Scale of funding

    Up to £100,000, with research assistance and expenses

    International Exchange Programmes in Humanities, Social Science and Bioethics

    Enabling researchers to run international exchange programmes. The exchanges will help to transform careers and shape the direction of future research.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • UK,
    • Rest of the world

    Duration of funding

    3 to 5 years

    Scale of funding

    Up to £1.5 million

    Research Development Awards in Humanities, Social Science and Bioethics

    For groups of researchers who want the time and resources to shape the direction of their future work. The development programmes will lay the foundation for research that takes risks and pushes academic boundaries.

    Career stage:

    Where your host organisation is based:

    • Anywhere in the world

    Duration of funding

    3 to 5 years

    Scale of funding

    Up to £1 million