November 21, 2019



(Paid Opportunity)


Wellcome Trust – International Training Fellowships

The Welcome Trust is offering international training fellowships in UK for the 2019-2020 academic year. This scheme offers nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at postgraduate or postdoctoral level.

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Your research proposal

Your research proposal should be within science remit and focus on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country.

When they consider your application, they’ll look at:

  • your research experience
  • the quality and importance of your research question(s)
  • your knowledge of the scientific area
  • the feasibility of your proposal
  • the suitability of your choice of sponsor, supervisors and environments
  • your vision of how this fellowship will contribute to your career development.

They encourage fellows to collaborate with researchers in other low- and middle-income countries.

At the end of this fellowship, you should be able to show:

  • you have the potential to be an independent leader in your area of research
  • you have the skills and experience to apply for more advanced (intermediate level) funding schemes.

For more information, read our Guidance on International Training Fellowships [DOCX 25KB].

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Public health
  • Population health.
  • Physiology.
  • Infection and immuno-biology.
  • Neuroscience and mental health.
  • Cellular and developmental science.
  • Genetics and molecular science.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

3 Years

If you want to do Master’s training or a diploma course relevant to the research proposal, the fellowship can last up to four years.

  • Preliminary application deadline: 21 November 2019, 17:00 GMT
  • Full application deadline: 4 February 2020, 17:00 GMT
  • Interviews: 23–24 June 2020

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

You can apply for an International Training Fellowship if:

You must want to undertake a guided period of research so that you can consolidate your existing experience and explore new areas of research.

You must:

  • have a PhD and be an early-career researcher


  • have a degree in a relevant subject and some initial research experience


  • be a clinically qualified doctor (and be qualified to enter higher specialist training), vet, dentist or clinical psychologist, and have some initial research experience.
  • If you don’t have a PhD, we expect you to start one at the same time as the fellowship. You should register for your PhD at a local academic organisation. If this isn’t possible, contact us before submitting your application.
  • If you are in the last year of a PhD, you must have been awarded the PhD before you start the fellowship. They don’t provide PhD top-up funding.
  • If you’ve been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave), the fellowship’ll allow for this when they consider your application.

Opportunity Cost

(Paid Opportunity)

  • Usually £150,00 to £300,000 for salary, fees and research expenses
  • The support includes:
    • A basic salary (determined by your host organization).
    • Personal removal expenses.
    • Research management and support costs.
    • Research expenses, directly related to your proposal.
    • Course fees.

How to Apply

First Step: It’s important to check that your application is competitive. Please read the advice in the ‘Eligibility and suitability’ section above before you apply.

It is encouraged for you to discuss your application with your sponsor and research supervisor. They will give you advice about the intellectual quality and importance of your project. They will also help you to decide whether it’s the right time for you to apply.

Wellcome Trust fellowship also encourage you to contact your research office at your host organisation as early as possible in the application process. They should be able to advise you on:

  • how to structure your application, including the budget
  • what information is needed to support your proposal
  • how much time your host organisation will need to approve your application after you submit it.

You can also get some tips to help you write a Wellcome grant application.

Second Step: Submit your preliminary application

You must submit your preliminary application through Grant Tracker(opens in a new tab).

View the Sample preliminary application form for International Training and Intermediate Fellowships [PDF 160KB].

Third Step: Review of preliminary applications

Wellcome fellowship’ll assess your eligibility and give advice about your competitiveness and the resources you’ve requested. they’ll give you a decision within four weeks of the preliminary application deadline. If suitable, we’ll invite you to submit a full application

Forth Step: Submit your full application to your host organisation for approval

Complete the full application form on Grant Tracker. A person at your host organisation with the role of ‘authorised organisational approver’ will get an automated email from Wellcome asking them to review and submit the application.

Make sure you leave enough time for the approver to do this before the deadline. The approver may ask you to make changes to your application.

View the Sample full application form for International Training Fellowships [PDF 515KB].

Fifth Step: Host organisation reviews your application and submits it to Wellcome fellowship.

Your application must be submitted by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day.

Sixth Step: External peer review

They’ll seek written comments from external expert reviewers

Seventh Step: Scientific review and shortlisting

The International Interview Committee will shortlist applications. If shortlisted, we’ll notify you at least four weeks before an interview and send you unattributed comments from the external peer review.

Eighth Step: Interview

If you’re invited for interview, you’ll be asked to make a short presentation. This will be followed by questions from the International Interview Committee. Interviews take place at the Wellcome offices in London. they’ll provide travel and accommodation costs. Get advice on how to prepare for a Wellcome funding interview.

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This Scholarship Published by:
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Reviewed by” Mohamed Magdi Eweda / Egypt 
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