Flexible research careers
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
Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave
Support for researchers with 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
- We expect Wellcome-funded researchers to adopt the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
- As part of our policy work, we’re often involved in high-level conversations about issues facing the research workforce, and how to support diversity.
- Vitae is a UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education organisations and research institutes.
- Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships, administered by the Royal Society, are for outstanding UK scientists at an early stage of their research career who need a flexible working pattern because of personal circumstances such as parenting or health issues.
- The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology.
- AcademiaNet is a database of women researchers across all disciplines in Europe and beyond which aims to make it easier for scientific bodies to find women members for committees and commissions.
- Stay Connected Bursaries, administered by the Biochemical Society, help people keep up-to-date with the latest scientific developments while on a career break.
- Women Returners supports women returning to work after an extended career break.