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African Researchers May Apply for Wellcome Trust Fellowships

African Researchers May Apply for Wellcome Trust Fellowships

African Researchers May Apply for Wellcome Trust Fellowships

The Wellcome Trust is offering personal support specifically for Public Health and Tropical Medicine researchers in low- and middle-income countries.

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The Wellcome Trust's Public health and tropical medicine fellowships scheme supports outstanding researchers from low- and middle-income countries to establish themselves as leading investigators at an academic institution in a low- and middle-income country location.

This fellowship is the most senior of a series of career awards aimed at building sustainable capacity in areas of research that have the potential for increasing health benefits for people and their livestock in low- and middle-income countries.

Research should be aimed at understanding and improving public health and diseases of local, national and global relevance. Topics include:

  • demographic, social science and health economic studies
  • epidemiological, field and community based studies
  • health care systems and policy research
  • measurement of infectious and chronic disease burden
  • population studies
  • clinical trials and case control studies
  • studies of disease mechanisms in the natural host
  • determinants of disease susceptibility and resistance
  • immunity or resistance in natural hosts or vectors.

The Wellcome Trust funds a range of collaborative projects, including major international partnerships between higher-income countries, such as the International HapMap Project and the Structural Genomics Consortium.


You must be a national or legal resident of a low- and middle-income country, and be either a:

  • graduate in a subject relevant to public health or tropical medicine (for example; biomedical or social science, veterinary medicine, physics, chemistry or mathematics) with a PhD and at least five years' postdoctoral experience, or
  • medical graduate with a higher qualification equivalent to membership of the UK Royal College of Physicians (i.e. qualified to enter higher specialist training), or be recognised as a specialist within a relevant research area, and have at least five years' research experience.

Applicants who do not have a PhD but who are educated to first degree or Master's level and have substantial research experience, as evidenced by their publication record, may be considered.


  • Next preliminary application deadline: 20 September 2013
  • Main application deadline: 22 November 2013
  • Shortlisting of candidates by Expert Review Group: January 2014
  • Shortlisted candidate interviews by Interview Panel: 1-3 April 2014

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