Wellcome International Training Fellowships

Masters, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: 30 April/9 July 2020 (Annual)
Study in: Any Country
Course varies per institution

Brief description:

Wellcome’s International Training Fellowships offer nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive postgraduate training or postdoctoral research in public health in low- and middle-income countries (other than India and China). You must be based at an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country for the research project, which could be your current organisation or a different one. Your host organisation must agree to provide the space and resources you need from the start date through to the end date of your award. You can do your training at centres of excellence regionally or internationally.

Host Institution(s):

Eligible not-for-profit research organisations in a low- or middle-income country (other than India and China)

Level/Field(s) of study:

Masters or PhD, and post-doctoral research in public health.

Number of Scholarships:

Not specified

Target group:

Nationals of low- and middle-income countries, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Scholarship value/inclusions:

An International Training Fellowship is for 3 years, unless you want to hold it on a part-time basis. If you want to do Masters training or a diploma course relevant to the research proposal, the fellowship can last up to 4 years. You must be able to justify this training. The fellowship value is usually £150,000 to £300,000 for salary, fees and research expenses.

The fellowship provides:

• a basic salary
• personal removal expenses of £1,000
• overheads, which should not be more than 20% of the direct research costs if you are based in a low- or middle-income country, and not more than 15% if you are based anywhere else.
• research expenses directly related to your proposal and
• course fees if you are registered for your higher degree at a local academic organisation.


Applicants for postgraduate training are for those who have, or are about to finish, an undergraduate degree and want to go on to do a Masters or PhD. Applicants for postdoctoral research should be researchers with a PhD or equivalent. The proposed research must focus on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country and applicants must have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country apart from mainland China. They must want to undertake a guided period of research so that they can consolidate their existing experience and explore new areas of research.

Applicants can be those:

• with a PhD and are early-career researchers, or
• with a degree in a relevant subject and some initial research experience, or
• who are clinically qualified doctors (and are qualified to enter higher specialist training), vets, dentists or clinical psychologists, and have some initial research experience.

Those who do not have a PhD, should start PhD studies at the same time as the fellowship. Those who are in the last year of a PhD, must have been awarded the PhD before they start the fellowship. PhD top-up funding is not provided. Applicants should have a permanent or rolling employment contract, who are at an early stage in their career.

The research proposal should be within Wellcome’s science remit and focus on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country. Applicants will be assessed on:

• research experience
• the quality and importance of the research question(s)
• knowledge of the scientific area
• feasibility of proposal
• suitability of the choice of sponsor, supervisors and environments and
• applicant’s vision of how this fellowship will contribute to his/her career development.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

Wellcome accepts 2 rounds of applications per year. The deadline for this first round for 2020 has passed. The deadline for the 2nd round is 30 April 2020 (preliminary application) and the deadline for full applications is 9 July 2020.

Potential applicants should first discuss their application with their sponsor and research supervisor, who will provide the advice with regard to the intellectual quality and importance of the project. They will also help candidates decide whether it’s the right time to apply.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/international-training-fellowships

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