2016/2017 Wellcome Trust Master’s Fellowship in Public & Tropical Medicine – United Kingdom (Fully Funded)

Application 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
  • population studies
  • 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.

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

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.

Master’s Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine are not available to researchers in India. Instead, please see the funding schemes offered by the Wellcome Trust/Department of Biotechnology India Alliance.

Fellowship Worth:

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.


Applications are considered three times a year. Details of the next round:

  • Next application deadline: 30 August 2016
  • Final decision by Interview Committee: November 2016

Application Process:

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Wellcome Trust Master’s Fellowship in Public & Tropical Medicine 


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