Research Awards for Health Professionals

This scheme offers practising health professionals the opportunity to carry out humanities or social science research, in any area of health.

Level of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Duration of funding:

Up to 6 months, or up to 3 years


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

Start your application(opens in a new tab)If your project involves the digitisation of analogue material – including text, audio and video – for use over the web, please read our Technical guidelines for digitisation projects [PDF 148KB] before you apply.

Stages of application

  1. Submit your preliminary application

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

    View the Sample preliminary application form for Research Fellowships, University Awards and Research Awards for Health Professionals [PDF 130KB]

    We’ll assess your eligibility, suitability and competitiveness. If suitable, we’ll invite you to submit a full application.

  2. Submit your full application

    View the Sample full application form for Research Fellowships, University Awards and Research Awards for Health Professionals [PDF 283KB]

  3. Review and shortlisting

    The Medical Humanities Early Career Expert Review Group or the Social Science and Bioethics Early Career Award Expert Review Group will review your application, depending on the area of your proposed research.

    If your full application is successful at this stage, and is for more than £100,000, you’ll be invited for interview. If your application is for less than £100,000, the relevant Expert Review Group will make the final funding decision.

  4. External peer review

    We’ll seek written comments from external expert reviewers, including members of our Peer Review College. Unattributed comments will be sent to you before your interview.

  5. Interview

    The Medical Humanities Interview Committee or the Social Science and Bioethics Interview Committee will interview shortlisted candidates at the Wellcome offices in London.

Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.


We consider applications twice a year.

January 2019 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    11 January 2019, 17:00 GMT

  • Full application deadline

    28 March 2019, 17:00 GMT

  • Shortlisting

    May 2019

  • Interviews

    July 2019

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