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 related to 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 

Lead applicant career stage:
Early-career researcher
Administering organisation location:
Strategic programme:
Discovery Research, Climate & Health, Infectious Disease, Mental Health
Three times a year - Upcoming deadlines in May and October 2024
Funding amount:

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

Funding duration:

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

Not accepted

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How to apply 

Log in to our online grants system (Wellcome Funding). 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.

May 2024 round

Opening soon

  1. 12 March 2024

    Applications open

  2. 21 May 2024, 17:00 GMT

    Application deadline

  3. July 2024


  4. 15-17 October 2024


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