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).
- 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:
- 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.