Wellcome Research Awards for Health Professionals 2018 (Up to £350,000)

Wellcome Research Awards for Health Professionals 2018 (Up to £350,000)

Deadline: July 6, 2018

Applications are now open for the July 2018 round of the Wellcome Research Awards for Health Professionals. This scheme offers practising health professionals the opportunity to carry out humanities or social science research, in any area of health.

The length of a Research Award is flexible – it can be short-term (typically up to six months) or up to three years. The award can also be held on a part-time basis. You can use this award for a short period of research, to enrol on a PhD or Master’s while maintaining your professional salary, or to undertake postdoctoral research.


An award will not usually be above £350,000. Support includes:

  • A basic salary (determined by your host organisation)
  • Personal removal expenses
  • Research expenses

If you want to do a PhD, they’ll provide:

  • A salary
  • PhD registration fees
  • Research expenses
  • General training costs.
  • You can also apply for any necessary research training as part of your award.

You can also apply for Research Enrichment funding to increase the impact of your work through activities in public engagement, open research, and diversity and inclusion.


  • Applicants must have completed general medical, dental, veterinary, nursing, clinical, or any other professional health training. You should be a practising health professional with some research experience;
  • You must also have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country.

What’s expected of your host organisation

You must have:

  • A sponsor who holds an established post (or an honorary academic appointment) at your sponsoring organisation and is committed to helping you achieve your career aspirations
  • A supervisor or research mentor who’ll offer you advice about your application, research guidance and mentorship throughout the fellowship.
  • You should give careful thought to your choice of sponsor and supervisor or research mentor. They should have strong track records in research and mentorship.
  • Your sponsor should not expect you to spend more than eight hours (or two programmed activities) a week on clinical work or other non-research activity.
  • If you propose to work mainly in a low- or middle-income country, you must identify an eligible training organisation and sponsor in that location.

Selection Criteria

Your research can address a real-life issue in a professional practice, or be conceptual and/or historical in scope. Your application will be assessed based on the following:

  • the significance of your proposed research
  • the strength of your approach
  • your track record
  • the suitability of the host environment for your research.


You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT). If your project involves the digitisation of analogue material – including text, audio and video – for use over the web, please read the Technical guidelines for digitisation projects before you apply.

Preliminary applications must be submitted by 6 July 2018, 17:00 BST and full application must be submitted by 20 September 2018, 17:00 BST.

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For more information, visit Wellcome Research Awards for Health Professionals.