This scheme supports individuals working on small and medium-scale research projects that focus on library or archive collections supported by the Wellcome Trust.
Scheme at a glance
Career stage:Postgraduate, Early, Intermediate, Senior, Returning to research
Level of funding:Usually in the range of £5,000 to £25,000
Duration of funding:Flexible
Who can apply
Research Bursaries are for academic researchers, conservators, artists, performers, broadcasters, writers, public engagement practitioners and others working in the creative arts.
If you're an experienced researcher in an established academic post, you should have some publications in an appropriate area.
If you're an experienced or early-career researcher not in an established academic post, you should have a doctorate or clinical qualification. You should also have established a research interest in biomedical science or in the humanities or social sciences (as they relate to medicine).
If you're applying from outside the scholarly community, you'll usually be expected to demonstrate relevant experience and achievements, and to explain the approach you will use to explore your chosen collection.
All projects must
- focus on one or more collections supported by a current or previous Research Resources Grant or on materials in the Wellcome Library (opens in a new tab)
- be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
What we're looking for
We want collections supported by us – Research Resources Grants and those in the Wellcome Library – to be the starting point for your idea. Your research might lead to a wide range of findings, such as:
- symposia or academic meetings
- public lectures
- journal articles or other publications
- film, TV or radio scripts.
Researchers in the Wellcome Library should be willing to take part in the life of the library and work with library staff as their ideas develop. This may not be the case with collections we support in other organisations. You can discuss your idea with individual organisations.
How to apply
You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT) which can be found in the "Further official information" below.
Stages of application
Submit your full application
If you’d like to discuss your ideas, you can contact us before you submit your application.
View a sample full application form for Research Bursaries [PDF 1MB].
Review and shortlisting
The Research Resources Funding Committee reviews and shortlists applications.
We'll usually give you a decision within two months of you submitting a full application.
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.
October 2016 round
Application deadline - 3 October 2016
Research Resources Funding Committee meeting - 15 November 2016
For more information click "Further official information" below.