Wellcome Trust in UK is currently offering the Wellcome Trust International Training Fellowships to nationals of low- and middle-income countries to receive training at postgraduate or postdoctoral level in host organizations, in 2020.

Before 4 June 2018, this scheme was called Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. They are a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. They support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations, and spark debate.

Their funding supports over 14,000 people in more than 70 countries. In the next five years, they aim to spend up to £5 billion helping thousands of curious, passionate people all over the world explore ideas in science, population health, medical innovation, the humanities and social sciences and public engagement.

Worth of Award

Salary, fees and research expenses are covered


You can apply for an International Training Fellowship if:

  • you’re a national of a low- or middle-income country
  • your proposed research focuses on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country
  • you have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country.

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, you would  be expected to register for one if you’re awarded this fellowship.
  • You must want to undertake a guided period of research so that you can consolidate your existing experience and explore new areas of research.
  • If you’ve been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave), they’ll allow for this when they consider your application.

Your research proposal

Your research proposal should be within their 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 research sponsors 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.

How to Apply

You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT). See link below. 

Stages of application

  • Submit your preliminary application
  • Review of preliminary applications
  • Submit your full application to your host organisation for approval
  • Host organisation reviews your application and submits it to them
  • External peer review
  • Scientific review and shortlisting
  • Interview
  • Start your fellowship
  • If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, they can support you with the application process.

Deadline: They consider applications for Wellcome Trust International Training Fellowships twice a year. You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. For the April 2020 round

  • Preliminary application deadline -April 30, 2020, 17:00 BST

  • Full application deadline -July 9, 2020, 17:00 BST

  • Interviews are from 24–25 November 2020

Click here for more details and to apply

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