Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Deadline: 2 March 2015
Open to: nationals or legal residents of a low- and middle-income countries, holding a first degree in subject relevant to tropical medicine or public health
salary for the fellow, research expenses, research management and support costs, overseas allowances and collaborative travel costs where appropriate


Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health, that supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities.

Wellcome Trust is offering research fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Research should be aimed at understanding and improving public health and tropical medicine of local, national and global relevance. Public health and tropical medicine cover a wide range of health problems, including communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Topics include:

  • demographic, social science and health economic studies;
  • epidemiological, field and community-based studies;
  • healthcare 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.


In order to be eligible, candidates must:

  • be a national or legal resident of a low- and middle-income country;
  • hold a first degree in subject relevant to tropical medicine or public health (clinical or non-clinical);
  • be at an early stage in their career, with limited research experience, but have a demonstrated interest in or aptitude for research.

In general, Fellowships may be held in not-for-profit institutions that are able to sign up to the Grant Conditions.


The following costs are provided for the Fellowship:

  • salary is provided for the duration of the Fellowship;
  • project-dedicated research expenses (e.g. consumables, small items of equipment, collaborative travel and support to attend scientific meetings, fieldwork and data collection);
  • overseas allowances where appropriate;
  • collaborative travel costs where appropriate;
  • research management and support costs;
  • flexible Funding Allowance;
  • an inflation allowance.


The full application form should be completed via the Trust’s eGrants online application system and submitted at any time before 2 March, 2015. The application should include details of your sponsor’s track record in training and a list of their other students at the institution. It must be supported by the head of the institution where the research will be based, and a career plan for the proposed candidate must be included.

Enquiries may be emailed to sciencegrants@wellcome.ac.uk or telephone the Grants Information Desk: +44 (0)20 7611 5757.

For further information please visit the official website.

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