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. 

Scheme at a glance 

Where your host organisation is based:
Level of funding:

Your salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses. If eligible, you may also request additional funding for overseas allowances and overheads. 

Duration of funding:

Usually 5 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.

October 2021 round

Open to new applications

  1. 26 October 2021, 17:00 BST

    Application deadline

  2. February 2022


  3. April 2022


February 2022 round

Open to new applications

  1. 15 February 2022, 17:00 GMT

    Application deadline

  2. May 2022


  3. July 2022


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Contact us 

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

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(0)20 7611 5757

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