The Wellcome Trust invites preliminary applications for the Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships. These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas. Candidates are expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to develop and deliver a personal programme to achieve their research aims.
Awards are open to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area. Applicants must be in the final year of their PhD studies or have no more than two years of postdoctoral research experience. Applicants must also have an eligible sponsoring institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland to administer the grant. They also need a sponsor who can guarantee that the institution will administer the award for the full tenure, a mentor to provide independent support and advice, and a research sponsor in every laboratory who can provide relevant scientific guidance.
Fellowships provide £250,000 over four years, covering the basic salary as set by the host institution with a trust enhancement for basic science fellows, and research expenses such as materials and consumables, animals, travel and overseas subsistence, support to attend scientific meetings, small items of equipment, and fieldwork and data collection.