Wellcome Trust International Training Fellowships
Wellcome Trust a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. It supports scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations, and spark debate. Wellcome Trust exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.
This scheme offers nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at postgraduate or postdoctoral level.
Before 4 June 2018, this scheme was called Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Career stage: Postgraduate training, Postdoctoral research
Where your host organisation is based:Low- or middle-income countries
Type of researcher: Public health
Level of funding: Salary, fees and research expenses covered
Duration of funding: 3 years
Who can apply
You can apply for an International Training Fellowship if:
- you’re a national of a low- or middle-income country
- your proposed research focuses on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country
- you have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country.
- have a PhD and be an early-career researcher
- have a degree in a relevant subject and some initial research experience
- be a clinically qualified doctor (and be qualified to enter higher specialist training), vet, dentist or clinical psychologist, and have some initial research experience.
If you don’t have a PhD, we would expect you to register for one if you’re awarded this fellowship.
You must want to undertake a guided period of research so that you can consolidate your existing experience and explore new areas of research.
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 experience
- the quality and importance of your research question(s)
- your knowledge of the scientific area
- the feasibility of your proposal
- the suitability of your choice of research sponsors and environments
- your vision of how this fellowship will contribute to your career development
For more information, read our Guidance on International Training Fellowships [DOCX 25KB].
Who can’t apply
You can’t apply if:
- you’re a researcher in India – instead see the Wellcome Trust/Department of Biotechnology India Alliance(opens in a new tab)
- you’re currently applying for another Wellcome fellowship.
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.
You can do your training at centres of excellence regionally or internationally.
Sponsor and supervisor
You should give careful thought to your choice of sponsor and supervisors. 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 activites (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.
You should also identify a supervisor who will be responsible for the day-to-day supervision of your research project. We expect you to identify additional supervisors for each period that you spend outside your host organisation.
You can nominate your sponsor as a supervisor, if appropriate.
Stages of application
Submit your preliminary application
You must submit your preliminary application through Grant Tracker(opens in a new tab).
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.
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.
Host organisation reviews your application and submits it to us
Your application must be submitted by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day.
External peer review
We’ll seek written comments from external expert reviewers.
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.
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.
Start your fellowship
If successful, you should start your fellowship within one year of the award. Before you can start, you must have been awarded your PhD.
May 2018 round
- Preliminary application deadline: 9 May 2018, 17:00 BST
- Full application deadline: 17 July 2018, 17:00 BST
- Interviews: 21–23 November 2018
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