Research Bursaries for Projects that Focus on Library or Archive Collections

Publish Date: Aug 09, 2016

Deadline: Oct 03, 2016

Research Bursaries

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
  • broadcasts
  • 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.

What we offer

Research Bursaries are usually in the range of £5,000 to £25,000.

Awards contribute towards expenses incurred in travelling to, and consulting at, libraries or archives in the UK or Republic of Ireland, such as:

  • travel and subsistence
  • research expenses

If you request personal support or salary expenses, you should provide an explanation in your application.

You should request a level and duration of funding that's appropriate to your career stage, research experience and proposed research.

What we don’t offer

  • University fees.
  • Travel and visa arrangements.
  • We don't fund on a proportion of full economic costs in UK universities.

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. 

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