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International Training Fellowships For Medical Practitioners UK 2019

This scheme offers nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at postgraduate or postdoctoral level.

Scheme at a glance
Career stage: Postgraduate training, Postdoctoral research

Where your host organisation is based: Low- or middle-income countries

Type of researcher: Public health

Level of funding: Salary, fees and research expenses covered

Duration of funding: 3 years

Who can apply
You can apply for an International Training 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.
You must:

have a PhD and be an early-career researcher

have a degree in a relevant subject and some initial research experience

be a clinically qualified doctor (and be qualified to enter higher specialist training), vet, dentist or clinical psychologist, and have some initial research experience.
If you don’t have a PhD, we would expect you to register for one if you’re awarded this fellowship.

You must want to undertake a guided period of research so that you can consolidate your existing experience and explore new areas of research.

If you’ve been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave), we’ll allow for this when we consider your application.

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:

your research experience
the quality and importance of your research question(s)
your knowledge of the scientific area
the feasibility of your proposal
the suitability of your choice of research sponsors and environments
your vision of how this fellowship will contribute to your career development.
We encourage fellows to collaborate with researchers in other low- and middle-income countries.

At the end of this fellowship, you should be able to show:

you have the potential to be an independent leader in your area of research
you have the skills and experience to apply for more advanced (intermediate level) funding schemes.

You can’t apply if:
you’re currently applying for another Wellcome fellowship.
If you’ve already been unsuccessful with a full application for this scheme, please contact us before you apply again.

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.

You can apply to:

stay in your current laboratory (even if you already hold an established post)
return to a laboratory that you’ve worked in before
move to a new laboratory in a low- or middle-income country.
You can do your training at centres of excellence regionally or internationally.

Sponsor and supervisor
You should give careful thought to your choice of sponsor and supervisors. 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 activites (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.

You can nominate your sponsor as a supervisor, if appropriate.


  • Preliminary application deadline

    22 November 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Full application deadline

    5 February 2019, 17:00 GMT

  • Interviews

    18–19 June 2019

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