Senior Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine for Developing Countries, 2018

Wellcome Trust is offering senior fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine for developing countries at an academic institution in a low- and middle-income country.

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.

The Wellcome Trust is an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health, because good health makes life better.

Applications are particularly encouraged from outstanding low- and middle-income country researchers working overseas who wish to return to their home country.

Course Level: Fellowship is provided for pursuing a research program at an academic institution in a low- and middle-income country.

Study Subject: 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.

Scholarship Award: A Senior Research Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine is for five years. It may be held on a part-time basis and you can apply for renewal. The support includes:

  • a basic salary (determined by your host organisation)
  • personal removal expenses
  • research expenses

Scholarship can be taken in Low- and middle-income country.


Eligibility: Each of the scholarships has its own set of eligibility criteria which applicants should check carefully to make sure you are eligible before they apply.

You can apply for a Senior Research Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine if you’re an established researcher leading your own independent research programme. The programme of work you propose must be innovative and ambitious.

You must be a national of a low- or middle-income country.

You should have a PhD or a degree in medicine and be qualified to enter higher specialist clinical training. You must also have significant postdoctoral research experience.

If you don’t have a PhD or a degree in medicine, we may still consider you if you have a first or a Master’s degree and can show substantial research experience.

You should be able to show:

  • your work is important, original and has impact
  • you have made important contributions to your area of research, eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on health policy or practice
  • you have an international reputation as a research leader in your field
  • you’re committed to developing and mentoring less experienced researchers.

You must have an eligible sponsoring organisation in a low- or middle-income country that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award.

If you’ve been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave), we’ll allow for this when we consider your application.

This scheme may be of particular interest if you’re an intermediate career fellow (such as an Intermediate Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine) and this fellowship is the next step in your career as a research scientist.

We particularly encourage applications from researchers from low- and middle-income countries who want to return to their home countries.

Your research proposal

Your proposal should focus on one of the areas within our public health and tropical medicine remit. Research can include laboratory-based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but we don’t normally consider projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models.

Your research proposal must:

  • describe an innovative and ambitious programme of work
  • explain the approaches you will use to deliver that programme of work
  • be distinct from, and not replace, activities already supported by other awards.

We will review:

  • your research contributions as an independent researcher
  • the importance of your research question(s)
  • the feasibility of your proposal
  • the suitability of your research environment(s).


Nationality: Applicants from low and middle income countries (Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde* (Capo Verde), Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, The Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Rep., Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Dem Rep., Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, FYR, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, RB, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this fellowship.

College Admission Requirement  

Entrance Requirement: Student must have completed PhD or first degree or Master’s level having substantial research experience.

English Language Requirement: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

How to Apply: Eligible applicants should complete an online fellowship application.

Download a sample of the full application form.

Application Deadline:  The application deadline is November 27, 2017.

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