Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships
This scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world.
Who can apply
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships are aimed at researchers who want to undertake a guided period of research and will go on to lead their own independent research.
You must either be in the final year of your PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with some initial postdoctoral experience.
You should have started to make important contributions to your area of research, eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on policy.
You must have an eligible sponsoring organisation in the UK or Republic of Ireland that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award.
You must also:
- be a UK or European Economic Area national
- have, or expect to have, a PhD from a UK or Republic of Ireland university.
If you've been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave), we'll allow for this when we consider your application.
What we're looking for
During this fellowship, we expect you to expand your research horizons and develop your scientific independence so that you can become a leader in the field.
The idea for the research project should be yours and you should drive the development of your proposal, although you can take advice from research sponsors and mentors.
The scope of your proposal should be broader than that of a typical postdoctoral position. It should enable you to explore a research area that will set you apart from your research sponsors.
You could do this by developing new skills and/or by working:
- across disciplines
- in new research environments or sectors
- in more than one research location, either in the UK or another country.
We expect you to think about your long-term vision and the skills and competencies you’ll need.
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