International Intermediate Fellowships

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

Before 4 June 2018, this scheme was called Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Leading a research programme

Where your host organisation is based:

Low- or middle-income countries

Type of researcher:

Public health

Level of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Duration of funding:

5 years

Who can apply

You can apply for an International Intermediate Fellowship if: 

You can apply if:

  • you have a PhD or you're a clinically qualified doctor (and qualified to enter higher specialist training), vet, dentist or clinically qualified psychologist 
  • you have significant research experience
  • you have made important contributions to your area of research eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on health policy or practice.

You should be driving your own research and be ready to lead an independent research programme.

This scheme may be of particular interest if you're an early-career fellow (such as an International Training Fellow) and this fellowship is the next step in your career as a research scientist.

If you've been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave), we'll allow for this when we consider your application.

Your research proposal

Your research proposal should be within our science remit and focus on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country.

When we consider your application, we'll look at:

  • your research contributions
  • the scientific merit of your proposed project
  • the significance of the research
  • the feasibility of your proposal
  • the suitability of your sponsor and host environment for both your research and for the development of your independent career.

By the end of this fellowship you should:

  • have achieved international standing in your area of research
  • be leading your own research programme
  • have the skills and experience to apply for senior level fellowships or permanent positions at a research organisation.

For more information, read our Guidance on International Intermediate Fellowships [DOCX 26KB].

Who can't apply

You can't apply if:

If you've already been unsuccessful with a full application for this scheme, please contact us before you apply again.

What's expected of your host organisation

You must be based at an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country for the research project. When your host organisation submits your application, they must agree to provide the space and resources you'll need from the start date through to the end date of your award.

You can apply to: 

  • stay in your current laboratory (even if you already hold an established post)
  • return to a laboratory that you’ve worked in before
  • move to a new laboratory in a low- or middle-income country.

Sponsor 

You should give careful thought to your choice of sponsor. Your sponsor should:

  • hold an established post for the duration of the fellowship
  • have an ongoing research programme
  • have a strong track record in research, training and mentorship
  • provide you with guidance during the application process and fellowship.

Your sponsor should not expect you to spend more than eight hours a week on non-research activities (eg clinical duties, teaching or administration).

Your sponsor's support and mentorship should be part of a longer-term commitment to help you achieve your career aspirations. 

We expect you to identify an additional research sponsor for each period that you spend outside your host organisation.

Other schemes

Senior Research Fellowships

Supporting independent researchers who want to tackle the most important questions in science and who are leaders in their field.
Full details of Senior Research Fellowships

International Training Fellowships

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

International Master’s Fellowships

Offering nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at Master’s degree level.
Full details of International Master’s Fellowships
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An International Intermediate Fellowship is for five years, unless you want to hold it on a part-time basis. It cannot be renewed. 

The support includes:

  • You can only receive one salary. If you already have a salary, your host organisation may use it to pay the person who replaces you.

    We will fund the total cost of your salary for the entire period of the grant.

    You should ask your host organisation to calculate this. It should:

    • reflect the skills, responsibilities and expertise needed to carry out the role
    • be based on the pay scales of the organisation that will be employing you
    • be enough to allow you to focus full-time on research
    • be justified by the head of the organisation.

    Your salary should include:

    • your basic salary
    • employer’s contributions, including any statutory obligations (eg National Insurance contributions if you’re based in the UK) and pension scheme costs
    • any incremental progression up the salary scale
    • locally recognised allowances such as London allowance.

    If you are from a low- or middle-income country and will be working in a high-income country for four weeks or more, you should be paid at an appropriate rate for that country, according to your age and experience.

    If you’ll be working in a high-income country for less than four weeks, we’ll pay your subsistence costs.

    You should allow for salary pay awards during Year 1. These should be based on pay awards already agreed: if you don’t know what the pay award is yet then use our inflation rate of 2.0%.

    From Year 2 onwards, we will automatically increase your salary, based on our current inflation allowance rates.

    Visa and work permit costs

    If Wellcome is going to pay your salary on the grant, you can ask for visa and work permit costs to help you take up the post at your host organisation. You can also ask for:

    • visa costs for your partner and dependent children
    • Immigration Health Surcharge costs for you, your partner and dependent children if you will be in the UK for six months or more
    • essential associated costs, such as travel to attend appointments at a visa application centre or embassy if you can justify these.
  • If you have to move to take up the post at your host organisation, you can ask for £1,000. You'll need to justify this.

  • We cover research management and support costs if:

    • your host organisation is in a low- or middle-income country and your grant will be directly awarded to that organisation,

    or

    • part of your grant will be sub-contracted to an organisation in a low- or middle-income country.

    We don't cover these costs if your host organisation will include the sub-contracted funding in its annual report to the UK Charity Research Support Fund.

    They can include:

    • training costs, eg transferable skills and personal development training for you and any other people employed on your grant
    • costs for short-term professional training for administrative, technical and support staff
    • administration, eg grant management, technical and administrative services
    • other costs which are necessary for your research, eg computing and internet access costs, access to electronic resources, facility and running costs such as utilities, furniture, waste disposal and incineration, and building maintenance.

    The total research management and support costs should not be more than 20% of the direct research costs you're requesting.

    See a list of low- and middle-income countries.

    How to apply for these costs

    You must

    • give a full breakdown of costs in your grant application form (you can't ask for a percentage of the research costs)
    • explain why these costs are necessary for your research
    • include a letter from the finance director of your host organisation with your application, confirming that the breakdown is a true representation of the costs incurred.

You can also apply for Research Enrichment funding to increase the impact of your work through activities in public engagement, open research, and diversity and inclusion.

What we don’t offer

We don't fund overheads unless they're included on this page (eg research management and support costs).

You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT).

Start your application

Stages of application

  1. Submit your preliminary application

    You must submit your preliminary application through Grant Tracker.

    View the Sample preliminary application form for International Training and Intermediate Fellowships [PDF 136KB]

  2. Review of preliminary applications

    We'll assess your eligibility and give advice about your competitiveness and the resources you’ve requested. We'll give you a decision within four weeks of the preliminary application deadline. If suitable, we'll invite you to submit a full application.

  3. Submit your full application to your host organisation for approval

    Complete the full application form on Grant Tracker. Submit it to the 'authorised organisational approver' at your host organisation for approval. Make sure you leave enough time for the approver to review and submit your application before the deadline. The approver may ask you to make changes to your application.

    View the Sample full application form for International Intermediate Fellowships [PDF 296KB]

  4. Host organisation reviews your application and submits it to us

    Your application must be submitted by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day.

  5. External peer review

    We’ll seek written comments from external expert reviewers. 

  6. Scientific review and shortlisting

    The International Interview Committee will shortlist applications. If shortlisted, we'll notify you at least four weeks before an interview and send you unattributed comments from the external peer review.

  7. Interview

    If you're invited for interview, you'll be asked to make a short presentation. This will be followed by questions from the International Interview Committee. Interviews take place at the Wellcome offices in London. We'll provide travel and accommodation costs. 

Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.

Dates

We consider applications twice a year. You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. We don't accept late applications.

November 2018 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    22 November 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Full application deadline

    5 February 2019, 17:00 GMT

  • Interviews

    18–19 June 2019

April 2019 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    25 April 2019, 17:00 BST

  • Full application deadline

    27 June 2019, 17:00 BST

  • Interviews

    20–21 November 2019

Definitions

Leading a research programme

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

Low- or 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

Develop your research career

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

Key dates

We consider applications twice a year.

November 2018 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    22 November 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Full application deadline

    5 February 2019, 17:00 GMT

  • Interviews

    18–19 June 2019

April 2019 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    25 April 2019, 17:00 BST

  • Full application deadline

    27 June 2019, 17:00 BST

  • Interviews

    20–21 November 2019

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.

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