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. 

Webinar about our new schemes

Watch a recording of the webinar that took place on Monday 12 April 2021. 

Scheme at a glance 

Where your host organisation is based:
Level of funding:

Salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses 

Duration of funding:

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

Eligibility and suitability 

What we offer 

How to apply 

Key dates 

October 2021 round

  1. April 2021


  2. August 2021

    Applications open

  3. 26 October 2021, 17:00 BST

    Application deadline

  4. February 2022


  5. April 2022


February 2022 round

  1. 15 February 2022, 17:00 GMT

    Application deadline

  2. May 2022


  3. July 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.