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:

Leading a research programme

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


Leading a research programme

For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.


You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Public health

Develop your research career

See our other schemes for researchers who are interested in leading a research programme.

Key dates

We consider applications three times a year.

August 2017 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    7 August 2017, 17:00 BST

  • Invited full application deadline

    19 October 2017, 17:00 BST

  • Shortlisted candidate interviews

    21–23 February 2018

November 2017 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    20 November 2017, 17:00 GMT

  • Invited full application deadline

    1 February 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Shortlisted candidate interviews

    6–8 June 2018

April 2018 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    4 April 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Invited full application deadline

    14 June 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Shortlisted candidate interviews

    17–19 October 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

Daniel Streicker Research Fellow, University of Glasgow Sir 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.
Katrina Lythgoe

Katrina Lythgoe Sir Henry Dale Fellow, University of Oxford Sir 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.
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