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Welcome Trust Research Training Fellowships 2017 in Medicine, UK


Applications are invited for research training fellowships to provide support for medical, dental, veterinary and clinical psychology graduates. Applications are encouraged from individuals who wish to undertake substantial training through high-quality research in an appropriate unit or clinical research facility, towards a PhD or MD qualification. Applicants sponsoring laboratory must be in an eligible NHS or academic institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland. For research to be carried out primarily in a low- and middle-income country, an appropriate training institute and sponsor must be identified.

Level: research in an appropriate unit or clinical research facility, towards a PhD or MD qualification.

Field(s): academic medicine

Deadline: 4 April 2016.

Funded By: Welcome Trust, UK

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Welcome Trust Research Training Fellowships are targeted for individuals in European Economic Area (EEA): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK. NB while Switzerland is not in the EEA, Swiss nationals have the same rights as EEA nationals.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

‣ Award No:  Not Known

‣ Scholarship Duration: Fellowships are normally for two to three years.

In exceptional cases a fellowship may be for up to four years for those who wish to undertake a relevant Masters training or diploma course. All training requests must be fully justified in the application.

Scholarship covers: Welcome Trust Research Training Fellowships provide: research expenses (e.g. consumables, travel, support to attend scientific meetings, fieldwork and data collection) and fellow’s salary, set according to age, experience and our policy on enhancement. The necessary equipment and facilities required for the proposed research must be available to the candidate, so it is essential that a laboratory or unit appropriate to the research proposed is selected. Substantial requests for equipment are not accepted. Funding is not provided for PhD/MD tuition fees, although the Flexible Funding Allowance associated with the Fellowship may be used to contribute towards this expense. Funding may be requested for training activities relevant to the aims of the Fellowship, including, and when appropriate, for a Masters or Diploma. Candidates who are currently funded on a one-year grant and wish to pursue a PhD may apply for a two-year Research Training Fellowship. They do not provide top-up funding. They provide appropriate allowances to fellows based in low- and middle-income countries/overseas.

‣ This Welcome Trust Research Training Fellowships scheme is for medical, dental, veterinary or clinical psychology graduates who have little or no research training, but who wish to develop a long-term career in academic medicine.

‣ Applications are encouraged from individuals who wish to undertake substantial training through high-quality research in an appropriate unit or clinical research facility, towards a PhD or MD qualification.

‣ Further opportunities for clinicians to undertake a high quality PhD are provided by the Clinical PhD Programmes and the Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Programmes.


‣ The Welcome Trust Research Training Fellowships are open to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area (EEA) for fellowships to be held in a UK or Republic of Ireland institution. Non-UK candidates should contact the office for advice before submitting an application.

‣ You should have little to no research experience and it should not normally be more than ten years from the date of your first medical, dental or veterinary qualification. Due allowance will be given to those whose career has been affected by a late start or for personal reasons (e.g. time away due to maternity, paternity, adoption leave, other caring responsibilities or ill-health).

‣ Where applicants have taken formal maternity, paternity or adoption leave as the primary carer (either the mother, father, partner or adopter), the Trust will allow an additional six months for each period of parental leave when assessing eligibility. Each case will be considered individually and the employing institution may need to confirm that the applicant qualifies for this provision.

‣ You should have completed general professional training as defined by the relevant college: Medical graduates must have passed the relevant exam for their specialty, e.g.

‣ MRCP, MRCS, MRCOphth/FRCOphth Part 1, MRCPsych, MRCOG Part 1, MRCPCH, FRCA Part 1. GPs are advised to contact the office to clarify their eligibility; Dental candidates must have obtained MFD, MFDS, MGDS, MFGDP or equivalent; Veterinary candidates should have a degree in veterinary medicine (e.g. BVSc, BVM&S, BVMS, BVetMed, VetMB) and some experience in clinical practice.

‣ An interrelated degree is desirable, but not essential; and Clinical psychology candidates must have obtained a professional Doctorate-level qualification in Clinical Psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society before taking up the award. Candidates are advised to contact the office to clarify their eligibility.

‣ You are expected to undertake a high-quality research project that balances the provision of training with the opportunity to advance knowledge in a given area.

‣ A project based solely on a systematic review of a particular area is not suitable, unless it includes a significant element of methodological innovation.

Selection Criteria for Welcome Trust Research Training Fellowships

Reviewers typically assess:

  • your career to date
  • the scientific merit and feasibility of the proposed project
  • the significance of the science
  • the suitability of your supervisor, sponsor and host environment.
  • You should give careful thought to your choice of supervisor/sponsor. Appropriate individuals will possess strong track records in research and mentorship. It is hoped that your supervisor will provide you with guidance during the application process as well as mentorship throughout the fellowship. Sponsors and encouraged to view their support and mentorship as part of a longer-term commitment to help you realise your career aspirations to be a clinical academic.

Notification of Welcome Trust Research Training Fellowships results

‣ Candidates will be notified two weeks before the interview date as to whether they have been shortlisted. Interviews will be conducted at the Wellcome Trust’s offices in London during 2-3 March 2016 (CIC) and 9-10 March 2016 (PHATIC).

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Applications should be send online through WT Grant Tracker. You can apply through any eligible UK or Republic of Ireland sponsoring institution.

‣ The Wellcome Trust Centres for Research in Clinical Tropical Medicine can offer support for researchers carrying out projects in clinical tropical medicine in low- and middle-income countries.

Scholarship Applications are due on 4 April 2016.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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