The Wellcome International Training Fellowships for Nationals of Low- and Middle-income Countries (Opportunity to receive training at postgraduate or postdoctoral level)

International Training Fellowships

This scheme offers nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at postgraduate or postdoctoral level.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage: Postgraduate and postdoctoral training

Type of researcher:

  • Clinical,
  • Public health

Level of funding: Usually £150,00 to £300,000 for salary, fees and research expenses

Duration of funding: 3 years

Who can apply

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, you are expected  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 Wellcome 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.

You can apply if you have a permanent or rolling employment contract, but only if you’re at an early stage in your career.

Your research proposal

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

Key considerations

  • 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.

Wellcome encourages 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 the Guidance on International Training Fellowships [DOCX 25KB].
More Information

For more information about this opportunity and to apply visit the official website here


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