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.

Scheme at a glance 

Where your host organisation is based:
Level 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. 

Duration of funding:

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

Deadline for new applications

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Eligibility and suitability 

What we offer 

How to apply 

Log in to our online grants system (Grant Tracker). You can save your application and return to it any time.

Key dates 

You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. We don’t accept late applications.

November 2021 round

Open to new applications

  1. 16 November 2021, 17:00 GMT

    Application deadline

  2. February 2022


  3. May 2022


March 2022 round

Open to new applications

  1. 29 March 2022, 17:00 BST

    Application deadline

  2. June 2022


  3. September 2022


Contact us 

If you have a question about eligibility, what we offer or our funding remit, contact our grants information officers:

Send us a message

(0)20 7611 5757

We do not answer questions on the scope or competitiveness of proposals.