Wellcome Trust in the UK invites applications for Doctoral Studentships in Humanities or Social Science Research in the UK for students from low- and middle-income countries in the 2021/20221 academic year.

This scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health. A Doctoral Studentship is usually for three years, although they consider requests to undertake PhDs on a part-time basis (for example, if someone has family commitments or intends to keep up another career for sufficient hours to maintain a professional accreditation).

Worth of Award

  • a studentship stipend
  • approved tuition fees, according to the rate charged by the training organisation
  • conference attendance
  • research expenses necessary for the successful and safe completion of the research project, including the cost of overseas fieldwork. You will need to justify your research expenses.


  • You can apply for a Doctoral Studentships in Humanities if you want to complete a 3 year PhD in any humanities or social science area on a topic related to health.
  • At the point of applying, you should hold, or expect to hold, a relevant Master’s degree, or have equivalent research experience.
  • You must have been accepted onto a PhD programme with an eligible host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country (apart from mainland China). You should have a written statement to confirm this from someone at the relevant level of authority.
  • You must not have started your PhD.

How to Apply

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

Stages of application

  • Before you apply, It’s important to check that your application is competitive. Read the advice in the ‘Eligibility and suitability’ section above carefully. Discuss your application with your research office and your intended supervisor(s) before you apply.
  • You don’t need to contact them before you submit an application. Host organisations will only ask applicants to contact them in exceptional cases.
  • Submit your application: Make sure you leave enough time for your host organisation to approve your application before the deadline. The authorised organisational approver, usually based in the research office, will tell you how long this will take.
  • Host organisation approves your application: The authorised organisational approver must approve your application before the deadline.
  • Review: The Medical Humanities Early Career Expert Review Group or the Social Science and Bioethics Early Career Awards Expert Review Group will review your application, depending on the area of your proposed research.
  • Decision: They give most candidates their decision by the end of May. All candidates will have been informed of our decision by the end of July.

Deadline: Applications for Doctoral Studentships in Humanities close on March 2, 2021, 17:00 GMT


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