Deadline: 30 August 2016
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 Master’s degree level.
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. Topics include:
*demographic, social science and health economic studies
*epidemiological, field and community-based studies
*healthcare systems and policy research
*measurement of infectious and chronic disease burden
*clinical trials and case-control studies
*studies of disease mechanisms in the natural host
*determinants of disease susceptibility and resistance
*immunity or resistance in natural hosts or vectors.
A Fellowship normally provides up to 30 months’ support. A period of 12 months should normally be dedicated to undertaking a taught Master’s course at a recognised centre of excellence, combined with up to 18 months to undertake a research project.
While undertaking a Master’s course, Fellows will receive:
*a stipend. Stipends are costed based on the Trust’s Masters students scales, determined by the location of the course (Inside London* – £17 000 per year; UK Outside London – £15 000 per year; Outside the UK – applicants are advised to check with the prospective training institution regarding living costs; Other – for individual cases where additional funding may be required, e.g. dependants accompanying the awardee, please contact the Trust for advice).
*Inside London covers institutions within Greater London, for example London Universities.
*travel costs (e.g. outward and return airfares)
*support for approved tuition fees. Master’s course fees will be paid according to the rate charged by the training institution.
You should be:
*a national of a low- and middle-income country, and hold a first degree in subject relevant to tropical medicine or public health (clinical or non-clinical)
*at an early stage in your career, with limited research experience, but have a demonstrated interest in or aptitude for research.
*You must be based at an eligible host institution in a low- or middle-income country for the research project. Master’s training may be undertaken at a recognised centre of excellence in any location. Master’s degrees by distance learning can be supported.
*You must identify an eligible sponsoring institution to administer the Fellowship for the full tenure of the award.Applications must be submitted from this host institution and be supported by an appropriate sponsor holding an established post for the duration of the Fellowship. Applications must also be supported by the head of the institution.
*An additional sponsor(s) must be identified for periods to be spent outside the host institution (i.e. the *institution(s) where periods of training will take place).
You should also be supported by appropriate supervisors who will provide independent support, mentorship and advice in all relevant research areas for the duration of the Fellowship.
*Sponsors and supervisors should have ongoing research programmes and a track record in research, research training and mentorship.
*A sponsor may also be nominated as a supervisor where appropriate.
*The application should include details of your sponsor’s track record in training and a list of their other students at the institution. It must be supported by the head of the institution where the research will be based, and a *career plan for the proposed candidate must be included.
The full application will be reviewed by the relevant Interview Committee, which makes the final decision. Please note that candidates are not interviewed for these Fellowships.
*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.
*We are particularly interested in requests for research training support in the social sciences, demography, health economics, medical statistics and vector biology.
*You should give careful thought to identifying sponsors and supervisors who possess strong track records in research, training and mentorship. These individuals should provide you with guidance during the application process and throughout the Fellowship.
*You may not apply for more than one Wellcome Trust fellowship at any one time.
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