3 March 2020, 17:00 GMT


(Anywhere in the world (apart from mainland China

(Partially Funded)


Research Development Awards in Humanities, Social Science and Bioethics

These awards are for groups of researchers who want the time and resources to shape the direction of their future work. The development programmes will lay the foundation for research that takes risks and pushes academic boundaries.

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Wellcome is a politically and financially independent foundation. The founder, Sir Henry Wellcome, was a medical entrepreneur, collector and philanthropist. How we work today reflects the breadth of his interests, and his conviction that health can be improved when research generates, tests and investigates new ideas. there governance is based on an updated version of Henry’s will.

Today, they have a £26.8 billion investment portfolio which funds all the work they do. In the next five years, they plan to spend around £5 billion helping people across the world explore great ideas.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Health-related humanities
  • Social Science
  • Bioethics

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

3 to 5 years

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

Who can apply

You can apply for a Research Development Award if you’re part of an emerging or established research group working in health-related humanities, social sciences or bioethics.

Your research group (for example a cluster, centre or department) can be in one discipline, interdisciplinary, or focused on a theme or issue.

The research development programme you propose must:

  • lead to a significant and sustainable research agenda that takes risks and pushes academic boundaries
  • develop the careers of the people in your research group.
  • build a diverse and collaborative research community.

Programme leaders

  • As lead applicant, you must have experience of running a research programme or network, or of delivering complex projects.
  • You must have at least one other applicant and no more than six. The number of other applicants should be appropriate to your proposed activities. These researchers can be at any career stage.
  • Each applicant must have a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract, or the guarantee of one. Your salary must be paid by your host organization.
  • If you, or any other applicants, hold a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract but have to get your salary from external grant funding, you can ask us for this in your application. If this applies to you, or any other applicants on your grant, you must commit at least 10% of your working hours to the programme. In this case, your host organization must confirm details about your employment contract(s) or their policy on salary recovery costs.
  • You and any other applicants can be based at the same organization or at different organizations (for example a research collaboration between two universities).
  • Organizations can be of any size.
  • Organizations can be based anywhere in the world apart from mainland China.
  • As a group, you should have a good track record of attracting research funding, though not necessarily from Wellcome.

Your proposal

In your application, you must give a clear outline of how you’ll develop a research agenda and support the careers of people in your research group.

This should include (but is not limited to):

  • The significance of your proposed research agenda and how you are taking a risk and pushing academic boundaries
  • how you’ll shape the future direction of research in your field 
  • Evidence that the researchers in your group have substantial shared research interests, relevant expertise and will work together well, for example you’ve collaborated with each other before, or been involved in similar teams
  • The amount of time your group will spend on this award (ie through asking us for teaching replacement costs) and how the award fits in with your other academic commitments
  • Career development opportunities for non-permanent research staff, including the freedom they will have to pursue their own research as part of your wider research group
  • Your group’s commitment to equality and inclusion, both in developing your research agenda and in managing the people it will bring together
  • The activities you propose, for example networking, traveling, attending events, and awarding and running your own small research grants.

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Who can’t apply

  • You can’t apply if you already hold a Wellcome Trust Centre Award or a Discretionary Award for Centres (Oxford CEH, Exeter CCEH, Durham IMH, Edinburgh CBSS).
  • You can’t apply to carry out activities that involve the transfer of grant funds into mainland China.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • A Research Development Award is up to £1 million and lasts for three to five years.
  • The award covers the costs of running your research development programme.
  • they encourage you to think creatively about what you’ll need to achieve the aims of your grant.
  • What they don’t offer

    • Large research projects
    • Dissemination
    • Capital costs.

How to Apply

First Step:Submit your preliminary application to your host organization for approval:  You must submit your application through Grant Tracker(opens in a new tab). Host organization reviews your preliminary application and submits it to them.

Second Step: Assessment of your preliminary application

they ‘ll assess your eligibility, suitability and competitiveness. If suitable, they ‘ll invite you to submit a full application. they ‘ll contact you to give you feedback on your preliminary application and answer any questions you may have. If your application is unsuccessful,they’ll provide brief feedback.

Third Step: Site visit by Wellcome staff and external experts

they’ll get in touch to arrange a site visit at the host organization with you and any other applicants. they’ll help you to prepare for the visit and answer any questions you may have. they can provide travel expenses for any applicants who are not based at the organization.

 Welcome staff and experts will send you a report of the site visit to help you prepare your full application

Forth step : Submit your full application to your host organization for approval. They reviews your full application and submits it to them to be reviewed and shortlisted

Note: There are no interviews. they’ll give you a decision within three months of the application deadline.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Yasmin Elqwisni/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Reem Wally/ Egypt
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MARJ3 Scholarships team