Engagement Fellowships develop emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage the public with health research.
You can apply for an Engagement Fellowship if you have at least three years' experience in engaging the public with health research.
You should want to undertake a self-directed fellowship that will enable you to:
The fellowships are open to a wide range of people, including (but not limited to):
You should be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.
We're looking for people who see missed opportunities in how people can be empowered by and help to shape health research.
Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):
We will review:
If you're employed by a UK academic organisation, we want to know how they will help you to embed public engagement when you return.
An Engagement Fellowship is for up to two years, or you can hold it part-time over a longer period. The support includes:
We will fund the cost of your salary during the fellowship. The amount we’ll provide depends on the proportion of time that you’ll spend on the fellowship (eg a pro-rata salary if you work part time).
If you’re a freelancer, you should calculate your salary based on your approximate annual income for the past two years. You may need to justify the salary level you’re asking for.
If you will continue to be employed by your current employer, we will pay salary costs for your organisation to employ someone to cover you while you are on the fellowship.
You should ask your host organisation to calculate these costs. They should be based on the base salary grade for the post(s) that will need to be covered, and should include:
You should allow for salary pay awards during Year 1. These should be based on pay awards already agreed: if you don’t know what the pay award is yet then use our inflation rate. For Year 1 include any known pay awards for this period or an assumed percentage equivalent to our current inflation rate of 2.0% if this hasn’t been confirmed.
From Year 2 onwards, we will automatically increase the salary, based on our current inflation allowance rates.
You can ask for costs of up to the equivalent of £30,000 a year pro rata, eg for activities, evaluation and contingency.
You can ask for travel and subsistence costs to visit any relevant organisations or conferences. You’ll have to justify the reasons for and length of each visit.
Conference costs can include registration fees.
You can also ask for costs to cover caring responsibilities if you attend a conference. This includes childcare and any other caring responsibility you have, provided:
You can ask for up to £1,000 per person for each conference.
You can also ask for costs to cover regular visits to Wellcome if you’re not based in London.
This is a new policy. It applies to all types of travel costs Wellcome provides.
You can ask for:
We won't pay for the core infrastructure that your host organisation should provide, unless you're eligible to ask for these costs under our overheads policy. Examples of these costs include:
See our carbon offset policy for travel for information on what you and your organisation need to do.
You can also ask for desk space within The Hub, in Wellcome Collection.
We don't fund overheads.
This scheme has now closed. There will be no further application deadlines.
Applications will be assessed by a panel of Wellcome Trust staff. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.
If you're invited for interview, you'll be asked to make a short presentation. This will be followed by questions from the Public Engagement Fellowship Committee. Interviews take place at the Wellcome offices in London.
If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.
Find out about some of the people and projects we've funded for this scheme.
Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.