Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

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

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:


Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland

Type of researcher:

Basic, Public health

Level of funding:

£250,000, including salary, fellowship supplement and research expenses

Duration of funding:

4 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply



You’re starting your career in postdoctoral research.

Republic of Ireland

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Public health

Key dates

We consider applications twice a year.

October 2017 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    16 October 2017, 17:00 BST

  • Full application deadline

    15 December 2017, 17:00 GMT

  • Interviews

    25–27 April 2018

April 2018 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    18 April 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Full application deadline

    27 June 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Interviews

    31 October–2 November 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

Melissa Ward

Melissa Ward Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford, Harvard University, International Livestock Research Institute Nairobi and University of Edinburgh Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Melissa Ward

I’ve been able to work in a number of countries, in lots of different research settings. The flexibility is great. 
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