We understand that different people choose different career paths, so we want to provide flexible research career opportunities.

We constantly review the funding and career support we offer our researchers.

Re-entering a research career 

Our Research Career Re-entry Fellowships offer postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific career after a continuous break from research of at least two years. 

The Wellcome Sanger Institute’s Janet Thornton Fellowships(opens in a new tab) help scientists to return to research after a career break of a year or more. 

UK universities that receive one of our Institutional Strategic Support Fund awards can use part of the award to co-fund Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships(opens in a new tab).

Sick leave 

If you need to take sick leave, we'll supplement your grant to cover your salary and contribute towards your research costs.

Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave 

We cover the costs of maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave for our researchers.

Support for researchers with caring responsibilities 

If you have to attend a conference, you can claim costs to cover caring responsibilities.

Flexible and part-time working 

If you’re funded by us, you can request flexible and part-time working. We always try to accommodate requests, as long as they fit in with the needs of employing organisations.

For more information, please contact our Grants Information Desk.

Our policies and activities supporting flexible research careers 

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Contact us 

Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.