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PhD Fellowships for Health Professionals

Wellcome’s PhD Programmes for Health Professionals offer health professionals outstanding research training in supportive and inclusive research environments.

Type of researcher:

  • Clinical
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK

Duration of funding:

3 years (full-time equivalent)

Scale of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Wellcome Early-Career Awards

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. 

Where your host organisation is based:

Duration of funding:

Usually 5 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and longer if held on a part-time basis

Scale of funding:

Your salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses 

Wellcome Discovery Awards

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

Duration of funding:

Usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Scale of funding:

You should ask for the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application. 

Wellcome Career Development Awards

This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

Where your host organisation is based:

Duration of funding:

Usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines and longer if held on a part-time basis

Scale of funding:

You should ask for your salary (if required) and the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application. 

Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

These awards provide promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer holidays. Find out what funding we offer and how to apply.

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK

Duration of funding:

6 to 8 weeks

Scale of funding:

Salary at the real Living Wage

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

This scheme provides small grants for clinical lecturers to pursue research work, gather preliminary data and strengthen applications for longer-term funding. See scheme details and how to apply.

Type of researcher:

  • Clinical
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK

Duration of funding:

1 to 2 years

Scale of funding:

Up to £30,000

Springboard Awards

Springboard Awards provide small funding grants to support basic biomedical scientists as they develop their independent research careers. Find out what we offer and how to apply.

Type of researcher:

  • Basic
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK

Duration of funding:

Two years

Scale of funding:

Up to £100,000, with research assistance and expenses

The Hub Award

Bringing researchers and creative professionals together at Wellcome Collection to work as a collaborative residency.

Duration of funding:

One to two years

Scale of funding:

Flexible funding, up to £1 million

PhD Training Fellowships for Clinicians

Offering clinicians the opportunity to undertake a PhD within a structured and mentored training environment.

Type of researcher:

  • Clinical
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK
  • Republic of Ireland

Duration of funding:

Usually 3 years

Scale of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Joint Global Health Trials scheme

Funding late-stage trials of interventions that will provide evidence to help improve health in low- and middle-income countries.

Type of researcher:

  • Basic
  • Clinical
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

Duration of funding:

Development grants are up to 2 years. Research grants are usually 3 to 4 years, but can be up to 5 years.

Scale of funding:

Up to £20 million is available to fund several awards. Development grants are up to £200,000 each.