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Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships

Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships - Humanities and Social Science 

This scheme supports humanities and social science scholars at all stages of their career but not in an established academic post, who wish to undertake a period of research in any area of human and animal health. Strong preference is given to applicants with a good prospect of achieving an academic career in the field.

The maximum duration is three years full-time equivalent. The awards are full-time but may be awarded on a part-time basis if a case can be made that personal circumstances require this. Fellowships provide research expenses and a salary.

SSPS requires a mentor (SSPS core staff) for all early-career fellowships. In order to apply, you must first identify, contact and have an agreed mentor for your proposed project application. The project must have Head of Subject Area approval, your mentor can help to obtain this before submitting your application to the School. 

Deadlines:

July 2018 round: 

  • 11 June 2018: one page outline to School for early review and feedback (not mandatory)
  • 28 June 2018: finished draft preliminary application to SSPS Research Office, ssps.research@ed.ac.uk
    • Please get in touch with the RO as soon as you know you would like to apply for this round, and we will give you information on how to proceed using the Wellcome Trust grant management system
  • 6 July 2018: preliminary application deadline (submission to Wellcome Trust by College Research Support Office)
  • 20 September 2018: full application deadline
  • November 2018: shortlisting
  • January 2019: interviews

January 2019 round: 

  • 11 December 2018: one page outline to School for early review and feedback
  • early January 2019: finished draft preliminary application to SSPS Research Office, ssps.research@ed.ac.uk
    • Please get in touch with the RO as soon as you know you would like to apply for this round, and we will give you information on how to proceed using the Wellcome Trust grant management system
  • mid January 2019: preliminary application deadline (submission to Wellcome Trust)
  • mid March 2019: full application deadline
  • May 2019: shortlisting
  • July 2019: interviews

What Wellcome Trust is looking for

  • the significance and originality of your proposed research
  • the suitability and relevance of your approach to your research topic
  • your previous research contributions eg publications, conference papers, public engagement and policy-related work
  • the suitability of the host organisation for your research and for developing your independent career.

Wellcome Trust website

Please get in touch with the Research Office (ssps.research@ed.ac.uk) for further information.

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