Senior Research Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

This scheme enables researchers from low- and middle-income countries to establish themselves as leading investigators in their scientific field. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:


Where your host organisation is based:

Low- and middle-income countries

Type of researcher:

Public health

Level of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Duration of funding:

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

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply



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

Low- and middle-income countries

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

Public health

Key dates

We consider applications three times a year.

July 2017 round

  • Full application deadline

    27 July 2017, 17:00 BST

  • Shortlisting

    September 2017

  • Interviews

    28–30 November 2017

November 2017 round

  • Full application deadline

    27 November 2017, 17:00 GMT

  • Shortlisting

    January 2018

  • Interviews

    10–12 April 2018

March 2018 round

The application form will be available on Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker in early December 2017.

  • Full application deadline

    12 March 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Shortlisting

    April 2018

  • Interviews

    17–19 July 2018

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact the relevant person in our Science team.

People we've funded

Eugene Kinyanda Head of the Mental Health Project at the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit Senior Research Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Eugene Kinyanda

I’ve decided that I want a career as a scientist so Wellcome is attractive because it provides a career development path.
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