This scheme offers nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at Master’s degree level.
Next deadline: 16 April 2019, 17:00 BST. This scheme was called Master’s Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Scheme at a glance
Where your host organisation is based:
Type of researcher:
Level of funding:
£120,000 including salary, studentship stipend, fees and research expenses
Duration of funding:
30 months (12 months taught Master’s course and 18 months research project)
Who can apply
You can apply for an International Master’s Fellowship if:
- you’re a national of a low- or middle-income country
- your proposed research focuses on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country
- you have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country.
- hold a clinical or non-clinical undergraduate degree in a relevant subject
- be at an early stage in your career with limited research experience (but you must have demonstrated interest in, or aptitude for, research).
Your research proposal
Your research proposal should be within our science remit and focus on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country.
When we consider your application, we’ll look at the:
- quality and importance of your research question(s)
- feasibility of your approach to solving these problems
- suitability of your choice of research environments
- suitability of the taught Master of Science (MSc) course you select – it should take place at a recognised centre of excellence and provide you with training that will complement your research project.
Who can’t apply
You can’t apply if you’re:
- 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)
- planning to do a Master of Research (MRes)
- 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.
We wouldn’t usually expect you to apply if you already have a Master’s.
What’s expected of your host organisation
You must be based at an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country for the research project. When your host organisation submits your application, they must agree to provide the space and resources you’ll need from the start date through to the end date of your award.
Sponsor and supervisor
You should give careful thought to your choice of sponsor and supervisor. Your sponsor should:
- hold an established post for the duration of the fellowship
- have an ongoing research programme
- have a strong track record in research, training and mentorship
- provide you with guidance during the application process and fellowship.
Your sponsor should not expect you to spend more than eight hours a week on non-research activities (eg clinical duties, teaching or administration).
Your sponsor’s support and mentorship should be part of a longer-term commitment to help you achieve your career aspirations.
You should also identify a supervisor who will be responsible for the day-to-day supervision of your research project. We expect you to identify additional supervisors for each period that you spend outside your host organisation, including your taught course.
You can nominate your sponsor as a supervisor, if appropriate.
Develop your research career
See our other postgraduate training schemes.
We consider applications twice a year.
August 2018 round
31 August 2018, 17:00 BST
April 2019 round
16 April 2019, 17:00 BST