Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine 2018, UK


November 30, 2017


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Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

This scheme helps mid-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries establish independent research programmes in those countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

Who can apply

You can apply for an Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine if you’re a researcher based in a low- or middle-income country. You should be driving your own research and be ready to lead an independent research programme.

You can apply if:

  • you’re a national of a low- or middle-income country
  • you have a PhD or a degree in medicine and are qualified to enter higher specialist training
  • you have significant research experience
  • you have made important contributions to your area of research eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on health policy or practice.

If you don’t have a PhD or degree in medicine, we may still consider you if you have a first or Master’s degree and can show substantial research experience.

This scheme may be of particular interest if you're an early-career fellow and this fellowship is the next step in your career as a research scientist.

You must have an eligible sponsoring organisation in a low- or middle-income country that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award.

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

Your research proposal should focus on one of the areas within our public health and tropical medicine remit. Research can include laboratory-based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but we don't usually consider projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models.

We will review:

  • your research contributions
  • the scientific merit of your proposed project
  • the significance of the research
  • the feasibility of your proposal
  • the suitability of your sponsor and host environment for both your research and for the development of your independent career.

By the end of this fellowship you should:

  • have achieved international standing in your area of research
  • be leading your own research programme
  • have the skills and experience to apply for senior level fellowships or permanent positions at a research organisation.

Who can't apply

You can't apply if:

  • you're a researcher in India – instead see the Wellcome Trust/Department of Biotechnology India Alliance
  • you're currently applying for another Wellcome fellowship.

If you've already been unsuccessful with a full application for this scheme, please contact us before you apply again.

What's expected of your host organisation

You must be based at an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country for the research project. When your host organisation submits your application, they must agree to provide the space and resources you'll need from the start date through to the end date of your award.

You can apply to: 

  • stay in your current laboratory (even if you already hold an established post)
  • return to a laboratory that you’ve worked in before
  • move to a new laboratory in a low- or middle-income country.


You should give careful thought to your choice of sponsor. Your sponsor should:

  • hold an established post for the duration of the fellowship
  • have an ongoing research programme
  • have a strong track record in research, training and mentorship
  • provide you with guidance during the application process and fellowship.

Your sponsor should not expect you to spend more than eight hours a week on non-research activities (eg clinical duties, teaching or administration).

Your sponsor's support and mentorship should be part of a longer-term commitment to help you achieve your career aspirations. 

We expect you to identify an additional research sponsor for each period that you spend outside your host organisation.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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October 11, 2017
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