University Awards in Humanities and Social Science, UK

Publish Date: Aug 09, 2016

Deadline: Sep 20, 2016


University Awards enable humanities and social science researchers to gain permanent positions at academicorganisations.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:Early, Intermediate, Returning to research
Level of funding:Salary and research expenses covered
Duration of funding:Up to 5 years

Eligibility and suitability

Who can apply

You can apply for a University Award if you've been nominated by a head of department at an eligible academic organisation.

Also, the head of the academic organisation (or someone with the same authority) must be able to guarantee that you'll get a permanent academic position at the end of the University Award.

You should have a PhD or the equivalent experience, and have built up a competitive track record in a relevant area of research.

The academic organisation should be in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country.

Go to the World Bank website (opens in a new tab) to see a list of low- and middle-income countries.

Who can't apply

If you hold a permanent academic post, you're not eligible to apply for this award.

Other schemes

Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

Supporting humanities researchers and social scientists who want to explore areas of health but do not hold established academic posts.

Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science

Helping researchers develop compelling and innovative ideas that may go on to form part of larger grant applications.

Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science

Offering flexible funding support to researchers in established posts at all career stages working on important questions of relevance to health.

Full details of Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science

What we offer

A University Award provides support for up to five years at lecturer, senior-lecturer or reader level. After this, we expect you to take up a permanent position at the academic organisation.

During its first three years, the award allows you to focus on research rather than teaching and administration. Support includes:

  • a basic salary (determined by your host organisation)
  • personal removal expenses
  • research expenses for the first three years and travel expenses to attend meetings for the full duration of the award

You can also apply for public engagement funds to involve the public in your research.

What we don’t offer

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.

If your project involves the digitisation of analogue material – including text, audio and video – for use over the web, please read our Technical guidelines for digitisation projects [PDF 148KB] before you apply.

Stages of application

1. Submit your preliminary application

We'll assess your eligibility, suitability and competitiveness. If suitable, we'll invite you to submit a full application.

2. Submit your full application

View a sample full application form for University Awards in Humanities and Social Science [PDF 1.7MB].

3. Review and shortlisting

The Medical Humanities Expert Review Group or the Society and Ethics Expert Review Group will review your application, depending on the area of your proposed research. If your full application is successful at this stage, you'll be invited for interview.

4. Peer review

We'll seek written comments from external expert reviewers – we encourage you to suggest appropriate people. Unattributed comments will be sent to you before your interview.

5. Interview

The Medical Humanities Interview Committee or the Society and Ethics Interview Committee will interview shortlisted candidates at the Wellcome Trust offices in London. We can pay your travel and accommodation costs.


We consider applications twice a year.

July 2016 round

  • Preliminary application deadline
    6 July 2016
  • Full application deadline
    20 September 2016
  • Shortlisting
    November 2016
  • Interviews
    January 2017

January 2017 round

  • Preliminary application deadline
    18 January 2017
  • Full application deadline
    22 March 2017
  • Shortlisting
    May 2017
  • Interviews
    July 2017

For more information click "Further official information" below

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