Developing research leaders

Many research leaders have had little or no formal leadership training. 

Our Research Leadership Development Programme aims to address this by connecting senior researchers with great leaders to help improve their skills. 

What the programme involves

The Research Leadership Development Programme has two immersive parts, or 'learning journeys'. Each lasts for four days and all activities are run by our partner Monitor Deloitte.

The activities explore three basic issues:

Part one: London, UK

This takes place 19-22 November 2018 in London. 

It looks at leadership outside biomedical research. Participants visit a range of organisations to meet the people in charge.

This part of the programme doesn't include any structured teaching or training. Instead it encourages participants to find new perspectives by talking to successful leaders.

Part two: Boston, USA

The second learning journey is 11-14 March 2019 in Boston.

It looks at leadership within biomedical research. As well as meetings with scientific leaders, it includes more hands-on skill development.

How the programme is funded

The fee for each participant in the 2018-19 Research Leadership Development Programme is £24,000 (inclusive of VAT). This includes all activities, meals and accommodation.

The cost is split between Wellcome and each participant’s host institution:


To be eligible for nomination, you should:

Your research institution must support your application in writing.

Each year our funding partners nominate a few non Wellcome-funded researchers for us to consider. As they do this independently, we can’t help individual non-Wellcome-funded researchers with the application process.

We invite applications from researchers worldwide.

How to apply

Applications for the 2018-19 Research Leadership Development Programme are now closed.

Applications for the 2019-20 programme will open in early 2019.

What our researchers say

The chance to be up close and personal with genuine leaders was a very powerful device.
Professor Derek K Jones, Director of the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre
This course was transformative...I now take a much more active role in leadership within my institution.
Professor Helen McShane, Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact Claire Fenton

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