Wellcome Trust Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Started by scholarman, Apr 21, 2011, 05:05 PM


[attachimg=1 align=left] This scheme strengthens scientific research capacity in low- and middle-income countries, by providing support for junior researchers to gain research experience and high-quality research training at Masters degree level.

Research projects should be aimed at understanding and controlling diseases (either human or animal) of relevance to local, national or global health. This can include laboratory based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models will not normally be considered under this scheme.

Wellcome Trust is particularly interested in requests for research training support in the social sciences, demography, health economics, medical statistics and vector biology.

This fellowship is part of a series of career awards aimed at building sustainable capacity in areas of research that have the potential for increasing health benefits for people and their livestock in low- and middle-income countries.

The Wellcome Trust and the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland have established a joint Wellcome Trust- Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland Masters Fellowship. Two joint awards per annum will be made, in addition to the Wellcome Trust Masters Fellowships. These will be considered during the selection process for Wellcome Trust Master's Fellowships - no separate application is required.


WHAT'S INCLUDED - Wellcome Trust Master's Fellowships

This fellowship normally provides up to 30 months' support. A period of 12 months should normally be dedicated to undertaking a taught Masters course at a recognised centre of excellence, combined with up to 18 months to undertake a research project.

While undertaking a Masters course, fellows will receive a stipend in accordance with the cost of living in the country in which he/she will be studying; travel costs and support for approved tuition fees. Masters training by distance learning is acceptable.

Masters course fees will be paid according to the rate charged by the training institution.

A salary is provided for the period of the research project. Project-dedicated research expenses (consumables, small items of equipment, collaborative travel and support to attend scientific meetings) are also provided. Overseas allowances will be provided where appropriate. Contributions to other costs of the project that are directly incurred by the overseas institution may also be provided.

Research-dedicated costs (excluding salary/stipend costs) should not exceed £20 000 per annum.

If the fellow is already in receipt of a salary from the host institution, the host institution may use this salary to pay for a replacement member of staff while the Trust provides the fellow's salary/stipend for the duration of the fellowship. It is not expected that the fellow would receive a salary in addition to the one provided by the Trust.

Please note that the Trust is no longer accepting applications from current fellows who wish to extend their grants in order to undertake a PhD. The eligibility criteria for the Training Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine now includes applicants who have a clinical, basic or Master's degree and some initial research experience, with the expectation that they will register for a PhD.


You should be:
•   a national or legal resident of a low- and middle-income country, and hold a first degree in subject relevant to tropical medicine or public health (clinical or non-clinical)
•   at an early stage in your career, with limited research experience, but have a demonstrated interest in or aptitude for research.

In general, fellowships may be held in 'not for profit' institutions that are able to sign up to our Grant Conditions. Institutions that have not previously received significant funding from us will be required to submit information to enable us to assess eligibility. Applications will not be considered by a Funding Committee until all eligibility checks have been completed.

Fellows must be based in a low- and middle-income country for their research project. The Trust does not provide Masters schemes for UK/RoI-based researchers.


APPLICATION PROCESS - Wellcome Trust Master's Fellowships

A completed application form [Word 1.58MB] should be submitted by the sponsor by the published deadline. The form should be emailed to phatic@wellcome.ac.uk.

The application should include details of your sponsor's track record in training and a list of their other students at the institution. It must be supported by the head of the institution where the research will be based, and a career plan for the proposed candidate must be included.

Notes for guidance [Word 208KB] should be read before completing the application form.

The full application will be reviewed by the relevant Funding Committee, which makes the final decision. Please note that candidates are not interviewed for this fellowship.


Applications are considered twice a year.
•   Next full application deadline: 5 August 2011
•   Final decision by Funding Committee: 15-16 December 2011

Late applications will not be considered.

Fellowships must be taken up within one year of award.


Enquiries may be directed to phatic@wellcome.ac.uk, the appropriate stream, or by telephone to the Grants Service Desk: +44 (0)20 7611 2020.

Source: Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine | Wellcome Trust.