International Research Scholars Programme (Closed)

This scheme supports early-career scientists who have trained in the UK or US and want to establish independent research programmes in a country outside of the G7.

The scheme is a partnership between Wellcome, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Scheme at a glance 

This scheme is now closed

Lead applicant career stage:
Administering organisation location:
Low- or middle-income countries, Republic of Ireland, Rest of the world
Funding amount:
Up to $650,000, with research assistance and expenses
Funding duration:
5 years

Who can apply

You can apply to the International Research Scholars Programme if you’re a researcher in the early stages of your career. 

You’ll have trained in UK or US for at least one year and hold a permanent research position. You must not have run your own lab for more than seven years.

You’ll need to be carrying out research in:

  • basic biological and biomedical sciences
  • areas of chemistry, physics or computer science that are directly related to biology or medicine
  • public health.

The scheme is open to applicants from non-G7 countries that are not on the US Department of State’s Office of Foreign Assets Control list at the time of funding. The G7 countries are: 

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

You can find out more about eligibility on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute website.

Up to 50 scholars, 15 funded by Wellcome, will be supported by this scheme to establish independent research programmes.

The maximum award available is $650,000 over five years. This amount can be used to cover: 

  • research expenses 
  • equipment 
  • research assistance
  • travel costs for meetings and collaborations.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute website has more information about costs.

What we don’t offer

Funding cannot be used for laboratory renovations.  

This scheme has now closed.

Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.


  • Application deadline

    30 June 2016

  • Interviews

    28 February, 1 and 2 March 2017

  • Successful applicants notified

    April 2017

Contact us

If you have a question, contact the Howard Hughes Medical Institute:

Funding partners

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute logo
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation logo
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation logo