Wellcome Trust: Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

    This scheme enables high-calibre, mid-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries to establish an independent research programme. Fellows must be based primarily in a low- and middle-income country.

    Research should be aimed at understanding and improving public health and tropical medicine of local, national and global relevance. Public health and tropical medicine cover a wide range of health problems, including communicable and non-communicable diseases. Topics include:

    • demographic, social science and health economic studies

    • epidemiological, field and community based studies

    • health care systems and policy research

    • measurement of infectious and chronic disease burden

    • population studies

    • clinical trials and case control studies

    • studies of disease mechanisms in the natural host

    • determinants of disease susceptibility and resistance

    • immunity or resistance in natural hosts or vectors.

    This can include laboratory based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models will not normally be considered under this scheme.

    This fellowship is part of a series of career awards aimed at building sustainable capacity in areas of research that have the potential for increasing health benefits for people and their livestock in low- and middle-income countries.


    We will consider applications that fall within the Public Health and Tropical Medicine Interview Committee remit. This covers research on infectious and non-communicable diseases within the fields of public health and tropical medicine that is aimed at understanding and controlling diseases (either human or animal) of relevance to local, national or global health.

    You must be a national of a low- and middle-income country and should be either:

    • a graduate in a subject relevant to public health or tropical medicine (e.g. biomedical or social science, veterinary medicine, physics, chemistry or mathematics) with a PhD and three to six years' postdoctoral experience, or

    • a medical graduate with a higher qualification equivalent to membership of the UK Royal Colleges of Physicians (i.e. qualified to enter higher specialist training) or recognised as a specialist within a relevant research area, with three to six years' research experience.

    You must have a relevant high-quality publication record and show potential to become a future scientific leader.

    Applicants who do not have a PhD but who are educated to first degree or Master's level and have extensive research experience, as evidenced by their publication record, may be considered.

    Due allowance will be given to those whose career has been affected by a late start or for personal reasons (e.g. time away due to maternity, paternity, adoption leave or other caring responsibilities, or ill-health).

    Where applicants have taken formal maternity, paternity or adoption leave as the primary carer (either the mother, father, partner or adopter), the Trust will allow an additional six months for each period of parental leave when assessing eligibility. Each case will be considered individually and the employing institution may need to confirm that the applicant qualifies for this provision.

    You may apply to remain in your current laboratory (even if you already hold an established post), to return to one where you have previously worked, or to move to a new laboratory, in a low- and middle-income country.

    Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine are not available to researchers in India. Instead, please see the funding schemes offered by the Wellcome Trust/Department of Biotechnology India Alliance.

    In general, fellowships may be held in 'not for profit' institutions that are able to sign up to our Grant Conditions. Institutions that have not previously received significant funding from us will be required to submit information to enable us to assess eligibility. Applications will not be considered by a decision-making committee until all eligibility checks have been completed.

    We do not normally accept resubmissions of fellowship applications.

    Sponsorship and supervision

    You must be based at an eligible sponsoring institution in a low- and middle-income country that will administer the fellowship for the full tenure of the award. You must have an appropriate sponsor who holds an established post for the duration of the fellowship and has a track record in research and research training.

    Your sponsor must be able to guarantee that space and facilities will be made available for you. Your sponsor is expected to support you in your research and to ensure that you will be released from the majority of your administrative and teaching commitments to enable you to focus on research.

    The time permitted for clinical duties or other non-research activity during the fellowship is normally restricted to a maximum of eight hours each week.

    An additional sponsor(s) must be identified for periods outside the host institution, i.e. the institution(s) where periods of training will take place.


    Fellowships are for up to five years (non-renewable) and provide support that includes:

    • a basic salary for the fellow
    • research expenses (e.g. consumables, equipment, collaborative travel, research assistance, technical support, fieldwork and data collection)
    • course fees where appropriate and justified
    • research management and support costs
    • inflationand Flexible Funding Allowance
    • support to attend scientific meetings
    • provision for public engagement costs.

    The salary should normally be based on the pay scales of the employing institution and must be justified by the head of the institution. The salary level should be appropriate for the holder of a competitive grant and allow him/her to focus full-time on research.

    If the fellow is already in receipt of a salary from the host institution, the host institution may use the salary to pay for a replacement member of staff while the Trust provides the fellow's salary for the duration of the fellowship. It is not expected that the fellow will receive a salary in addition to the one provided by the Trust.

    Research-dedicated costs (excluding salary costs) should not exceed £60 000 per annum.

    Course fees may be considered where a course leads to a recognised qualification in a discipline relevant to the fellowship research project and is a necessary part of the fellow's training. It is expected that registration for a higher degree should be done locally and PhD fees at overseas rates will not normally be provided.

    Overseas allowances will be provided for periods of training or collaborative research spent outside the home institution country, where appropriate.

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