Application Deadline: 26th March 2018

About the fellowship

Wellcome Trust offers Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine for Masters students from low- and middle-income (developing) countries.

This scheme strengthens scientific research capacity in low- and middle-income countries, by providing support for junior researchers to gain research experience and high-quality research training at Masters Degree level.

Research projects should be aimed at understanding and controlling diseases (either human or animal) of relevance to local, national or global health. This can include laboratory based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models will not normally be considered under this scheme.

Eligibility

Interested candidate should apply if they:

  • are a national of a low- or middle-income country
  • hold a clinical or non-clinical undergraduate degree in a subject relevant to public health or tropical medicine.

You must also:

  • be at an early stage in your career with limited research experience (but you must have a demonstrated interest in, or aptitude for, research)
  • have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country
  • have a research proposal that is within our public health and tropical medicine remit.

Candidate CANNOT apply if they are:

  • intending to be based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or another high-income country(opens in a new tab) (although your taught course can be anywhere in the world)
  • a researcher in India – instead see the Wellcome Trust/Department of Biotechnology India Alliance(opens in a new tab)
  • currently applying for another Wellcome Trust fellowship.

Selection Criteria: 

  • the quality and importance of your research question(s)
  • the feasibility of your approach to solving these problems
  • the suitability of your choice of research environments
  • the suitability of the taught Master’s course you select – it should take place at a recognised centre of excellence and provide you with training that will complement your research project.

Benefits

The support includes:

  • A stipend
  • travel costs (eg outward and return airfares)
  • approved tuition fees, according to the rate charged by the training organisation. We usually provide funds at the level charged to the UK/EU students, rather than the overseas student rate.
  • Wellcome Trust supports distance learning taught Master’s degrees.
  • If your stipend is liable for tax in the country you’re based in, Wellcome Trust will provide costs to cover the taxed amount.

Duration

This fellowship normally provides up to 30 months’ support. A period of 12 months should normally be dedicated to undertaking a taught Masters course at a recognized centre of excellence, combined with up to 18 months to undertake a research project.

Eligible African Countries

Algeria, Angola,  Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Dem. Rep. , Congo, Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Federation Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey , Uganda, Ukraine,  Rep. Zambia, Zimbabwe.

How to apply

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

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Stages of application

  1. Submit your full application

    You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker(opens in a new tab).

    View a sample full application form for Master’s Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine [PDF 1.5MB].

    We may take up to three to four months to consider your full application.

  2. Shortlisting

    The Public Health and Tropical Medicine Interview Committee will shortlist applications.

  3. Review by interview committee

    The Public Health and Tropical Medicine Interview Committee will review your application and make the final decision. There are no interviews for these fellowships. If successful, you must take up the fellowship within one year of the award.

Dates

We consider applications twice a year. You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. We don’t accept late applications.

March 2018 round

  • Application deadline

    26 March 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Decision

    June 2018

Visit the Official scholarship Website for details