Discovery research schemes – Q&As for health professionals

This advice is for health professionals who want to apply to our Wellcome Early-Career Awards and Wellcome Career Development Awards. Applicants should read this advice in addition to the information on scheme pages.

We recognise that academic health professionals must fulfil the professional requirements of their regulatory council. They generally have two employers: a university and a healthcare body such as the NHS. This advice is for those who need to maintain their clinical skills while developing their research careers.

Are there specific schemes for health professionals? 

Wellcome is a major funder of academic health professionals. With the launch of our new schemes in 2021, health professionals can apply to our Early-Career Awards, Career Development Awards and Discovery Awards. We no longer have dedicated schemes for health professionals.

Definition of a health professional 


Project suitability 

What you can do during the award 

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