Wellcome Trust Research Career Re-entry Fellowships - Runneth London

Do you have a PhD with postdoctoral research experience, have had a career break of two years or more, and are now ready to return to research? The Wellcome Trust wants to hear from you! 

They are offering postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers via Research Career Re-entry Fellowships.

For successful applicants, the Fellowship will cover your salary and basic research expenses for a duration of up to four years, and the research may be undertaken on a part-time basis.


You must have a PhD and postdoctoral research experience.

You should have started to make important contributions to your area of research before your career break (eg publications, patents, software development, or an impact on policy).

You must have an eligible sponsoring organisation in the UK or Republic of Ireland that will administer the Fellowship for the full duration of the award.

Note: The Wellcome Trust accepts career breaks taken because of family commitments, ill health and work outside of research.


At the end of this Fellowship it is expected that you will have re-established your research career and be ready to lead your own independent research programme.

How to Apply

For more details, including how to apply, see the Wellcome Trust website.

Important Dates

Preliminary Application Deadline (for April 2018 round): 18 April 2018, 5pm

Full Application Deadline: 26 June 2018, 5pm

Interviews: 31 October – 2 November 2018

To read more information about returnships in general, please visit the Runneth Returnship Page or for other opportunities (including the Daphne Jackson Trust Return to Research STEM fellowships) see our UK Returnship List for 2018.

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