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School of Social and Political Science: Research


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.


January round: 

  • 11 December 2017: one page outline to School for early review and feedback
  • 11 January 2018: preliminary applicaiton deadline (WT submission)
  • 29 March 2018: full applicaiton deadline
  • May 2018: shortlinsting
  • July 2018: interviews

​July round: 

  • 31 May 2017: one page outline to School for early review and feedback (not mandatory)
  • 6 July 2017: preliminary applicaiton deadline (WT submission)
  • 31 September 2017: full applicaiton deadline
  • November 2017: shortlisting
  • January 2018: 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 ( for further information.