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Durham University

Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East

Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences

This scheme supports humanities researchers and social scientists who want to explore areas of health but do not hold established academic posts.

What we offer

A Research Fellowship is for up to three years, or you can hold it part-time over a longer period.

Support includes:

  • · a basic salary (determined by your host organisation)

We will fund the total cost of your salary for the entire period of the grant.

You should ask your host organisation to calculate this. It should reflect the skills, responsibilities and expertise needed to carry out the role, and include:

  • your basic salary
  • employer’s contributions, including any statutory obligations (eg National Insurance contributions if you’re based in the UK) and pension scheme costs
  • any incremental progression up the salary scale
  • locally recognised allowances such as London allowance.

What we don’t offer

We don't fund on a proportion of full economic costs in UK universities.

Who can apply

You can apply for a Research Fellowship if you're:

  • a postdoctoral researcher who wants to carry out an extended period of enquiry on your own project
  • not in a tenured or long-term established post (including a rolling contract)
  • based (or plan to be based) in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country.

Go to the World Bank website (opens in a new tab) to see a list of low- and middle-income countries.

You must have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation.

In most cases, applicants should have been awarded a PhD before they apply.

What we're looking for

Our reviewers will assess:

  • the significance of your proposed research
  • the strength of your approach
  • your track record
  • the suitability of the host environment for your research and for the development of your independent career.

Most successful applicants will be pursuing university research careers. But we also encourage researchers who want to follow health-related research careers elsewhere.

What's expected of your host organisation

You must have an eligible sponsoring organisation that will administer your fellowship for the full duration of the award. You should give careful thought to your choice of sponsor and supervisor/research mentor; they should have strong track records in research, training and mentorship.

Your sponsor should be based at an eligible sponsoring organisation that will administer your fellowship for the full duration of the award. The sponsor should hold an established post and be in a position to guarantee you space and facilities for the full period of the fellowship.

Your supervisor or research mentor should:

  • provide support and advice during the application process and the period of the award
  • be committed to helping you achieve your career aspirations.

Your sponsor can also be your research sponsor or mentor.