The Senior Research Fellowships support independent researchers who are emerging as global leaders in their field and want to tackle the most important questions in science.

What is a senior (independent) researcher?

Independent researchers will have a PhD and substantial research experience and already be leading their own independent research programme. At this career stage a researcher is expected to have previously held independent funding such as project, programme or fellowship support.

The award includes:

  • a basic salary (determined by your host organisation)
  • a fellowship supplement of £12,500 if you’re paid on a non-clinical salary scale
  • personal removal expenses
  • research expenses, including research staff


Typically 5 years, but can be up to 7 years if a strong scientific justification is provided (after this you can apply for one renewal of up to 5 years with 50% of your salary covered by them).

Eligibility Criteria

  • You can apply for a Senior Research Fellowship if you’re already leading your own independent research programme and you are an emerging global leader in your field.
  • You should have a higher degree (PhD or equivalent) and significant research experience.
  • You should be able to show:
    • you have a track record of holding independent funding such as project, programme or fellowship support
    • you have made important contributions to your area of research, for example publications, patents, software development or an impact on health policy or practice
    • your work is important, original and has impact
    • you have a strong rationale for needing a research fellowship rather than taking up an established post
    • you’re committed to developing and mentoring less experienced researchers.
  • If you are thinking of applying, they strongly encourage you to contact the relevant person in the Science team first.
  • You must have sponsorship from a head of department or equivalent at an eligible host organisation. Your host organisation must be located in one of the following:
    • UK
    • Republic of Ireland
    • a low- or middle-income country apart from mainland China (only nationals of low- or middle-income countries have this third option).

For more information, visit Wellcome.

Name of the Organisation
The Wellcome Trust
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Deadline date
Thursday, 16 July, 2020
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