Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

This scheme provides 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.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:


Where your host organisation is based:


Type of researcher:

Basic, Public health

Level of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Duration of funding:

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

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply

Funding partners



You’re consolidating your research career. You lead on research projects and are establishing a research team.


You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Public health

Key dates

We consider applications three times a year.

August 2017 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    7 August 2017

  • Full application deadline

    19 October 2017

  • Shortlisted candidate interviews

    21–23 February 2018

April 2017 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    5 April 2017

  • Full application deadline

    12 June 2017

  • Shortlisted candidate interviews

    18–20 October 2017

Contact us

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

Or call

+44 (0)20 7611 5757

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

Katrina LythgoeSir Henry Dale Fellow, University of OxfordSir Henry Dale Fellowships

Katrina Lythgoe

I’d particularly like to do more work in schools, to show that women can be scientists and to raise awareness of the different ways in which maths can be used in a career.

Daniel StreickerResearch Fellow, University of GlasgowSir Henry Dale Fellowships

Daniel Streicker

You can use funds in ways that best meet the needs of your research – we bought a truck in Peru, which has transformed the way we can collect data in the field.
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