Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Wellcome Trust is offering four years full-time fellowships to postdoctoral researchers for developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas. Fellowships may be taken up on a part-time employment basis with the tenure of award lengthened accordingly. Fellows in the third or fourth year of their Fellowship are also eligible to apply for the Wellcome Trust and BBC placement scheme which provides opportunity to undertake a four-week internship at the BBC science unit in Central London or Glasgow.
 
 Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded in Biomedical research. Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to develop and deliver a personal programme to achieve their research aims.
Course Level: Fellowships are available to postdoctoral researchers for developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas.
Scholarship Provider: Wellcome Trust (applicant must have an eligible sponsoring institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award.)
Scholarship can be taken at: UK or Overseas
 
Eligibility: The eligibility criteria for Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral fellowships are-
- You must have an eligible sponsoring institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award.
-You may be sponsored by your current host institution but must begin your fellowship at a new research location.
-You will require a:
-Sponsor who can guarantee that the host institution will administer the award for the full tenure of the fellowship – he/she must have a contract of employment at the host institution and have tenure beyond the duration of the proposed fellowship
-Mentor who will provide you with independent support and advice for the duration of the award
-Research sponsor in every laboratory who must be able to guarantee you access to space and resources for the required period and provide relevant scientific guidance.
-A sponsor may also be nominated as a research sponsor or mentor on an application. However, we would not expect a single individual to be proposed for all three roles.
-Resubmissions are not allowed.
 
Scholarship Open for International Students: These awards are open to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area. (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech, Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvi, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK)
 
 Scholarship Description: Sir Henry Postdoctoral fellowship provides a unique opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas. Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to develop and deliver a personal programme to achieve their research aims. Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellows in the third or fourth year of their Fellowship are also eligible to apply for the Wellcome Trust and BBC placement scheme. This scheme provides Fellows with the opportunity to undertake a four-week internship at the BBC science unit in Central London or Glasgow, to gain first-hand experience of the broadcast media environment and an understanding of the development, production and commissioning process of TV programmes.
 
Number of award(s): Not Known
 
 Duration of award(s): The fellowship is for four years full-time. Fellowships may be taken up on a part-time employment basis with the tenure of award lengthened accordingly.
 
What does it cover? The fellowship provides an award of £250 000. These funds provide support for:
-the basic salary as determined by the host institution, with an additional Trust enhancement for basic science fellows
-research expenses (materials and consumables; animals; travel and overseas subsistence; support to attend scientific meetings; small items of equipment, e.g. laptop; and fieldwork and data collection). Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellows in the third or fourth year of their Fellowship are also eligible to apply for the Wellcome Trust and BBC placement scheme. This scheme provides Fellows with the opportunity to undertake a four-week internship at the BBC science unit in Central London or Glasgow, to gain first-hand experience of the broadcast media environment and an understanding of the development, production and commissioning process of TV programmes.
 
Selection Criteria: The fellowships will be awarded on the basis of:
-Your track record
-The importance of the research question
-Your choice of appropriate research sponsors
-The feasibility of the approach
-Tour vision of how the fellowship will contribute to your career development
-Your longer-term aspirations.
 
Notification: Your preliminary application will be assessed within four weeks of the submission deadline. If successful, you will be invited to submit a full application. Your full application will be peer reviewed by the relevant scientific committee and, if successful, you will be shortlisted for interview. Shortlisted candidates will be notified two weeks before the interview date. Interviews will be conducted at our offices in London.
 
How to Apply: You should complete and submit a preliminary application form by the published deadline. It should be sent electronically (as a Word document) with the requested accompanying information, to the relevant funding stream at the Trust.
 
Deadline: Deadline for preliminary application is 8 May 2014 and for full application is 18 July 2014.

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