Find out what costs Wellcome will cover and what you need to do if you take leave during your grant.
Wellcome will normally abide by the terms and conditions of your employing organisation for maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental leave and pay. If you receive a Wellcome studentship stipend, we expect your organisation to provide you with the same leave and pay entitlements as an employee.
We will supplement your grant by the actual costs your employing organisation incurs paying your salary or stipend while you’re on leave, less any recoverable statutory pay.
We’ll cover these costs if you’re a:
They must not include:
We'll supplement your grant to contribute towards your direct research costs.
We'll cover these costs if you:
You don’t have to ask us for these costs. We'll automatically give them to you when you return to work and we know how long you've been on leave.
We will pay 50% of your research costs, pro-rata, for the period you are on leave.
The amount is based on the costs in your original award letter. It doesn’t include:
For example, if we awarded you £240,000 for your research costs and your grant is for 60 months, the supplement would be £12,000 if you took six months’ leave.
Before you start your leave, contact us to let us know that you or your member of staff will be taking leave.
Just before you return to work, your research office must complete and submit a Returning from leave form. If your grant/post is funded through our Institutional Strategic Support Fund, contact us first. Do not complete the form.
If you or your member of staff have taken shared parental leave, your organisation should complete this form just before you return to work from your final period of shared parental leave.
When we receive the form, we’ll supplement your grant and write to let you know the amount and confirm any change to your grant end date. You don’t have to ask us for the research costs – we'll automatically supplement your grant when we have this information.
You must tell us as soon as possible if you or your member of staff decide not to return to work.
You can extend the end date of your grant to match the amount of leave you’ve taken. If a member of staff on your grant has taken leave, you'll need to justify why you need to extend the grant.
Contact us if you need to take extended time off for unpaid parental leave, and you want to change your grant end date.
You can return to work part-time if your employing organisation agrees.
We may extend your grant end date further.