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For outstanding post-doctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.
Sir Henry Dale OM GBE FRS was President of the Royal Society from 1940 to 1945 and was a founding Trustee and Chairman of the Wellcome Trust.
The scheme supports research ranging from the molecules and cells vital to life and their role in the global spread of disease, to clinical and public health research seeking to improve the quality of healthcare. It can be based in the laboratory, clinic or field, and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches.
It brings together the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust, two of the world's most prestigious and influential scientific organisations, in their shared commitment to supporting the future leaders of biomedical research.
The scheme seeks to support individuals who would have previously applied for a 'biomedical' Royal Society University Research Fellowship or a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship hosted by a UK academic organisation.
The applicant is expected to have relevant scientific or mathematical qualifications and, at the final decision point (i.e. at interview), be no more than seven years from the date of their PhD viva.
The applicant must be:
We will normally expect the applicant to have spent less than two years with their current department if they plan to apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship in the same location. A strong justification must be provided where the applicant has been at the proposed host organisation for longer. Please note that if you hold an established post you are not eligible to apply for a fellowship to be held at your current employing organisation. In exceptional cases, we are willing to consider a preliminary application if you wish to move organisation and are able to make a strong scientific justification for the move.
This scheme is not open to individuals who wish to combine research with a continuing clinical career in medicine, psychology, dentistry or veterinary practice.
Time spent outside the research environment will be taken into consideration (e.g time away due to personal reasons such as maternity, paternity, adoption leave or other caring responsibilities; ill health or working in a non-research environment/role such as industry).
Holders of a Royal Society University Research Fellowship or Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship are not eligible to apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship.
The applicant must have made intellectual contributions to research that have been published in leading journals, and be able to demonstrate their potential to carry out independent research.
Resubmissions are not normally encouraged. If a previous application has been unsuccessful, please contact the Wellcome Trust for advice.
The applicant must have an eligible sponsoring host organisation in the UK with the support of the relevant Head of Department, or equivalent e.g. Centre Director, Head of School, etc., who can guarantee that the applicant will be supported in developing their own independent career and that adequate space and resources will be provided for the duration of the award.
The Head of Department (or equivalent):
If the applicant proposes to undertake fieldwork or research in a low- or middle-income country, they may be required to identify an appropriate Head of Department, or equivalent (e.g. Director of Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme), in their overseas organisation.
Head of Departments are encouraged to view their support and mentorship of you as part of a longer-term commitment to help the applicant realise their career aspirations in research.
Sponsors are advised to read all the scheme information provided here.
Fellowships are tenable for five years in the first instance, with the potential to apply for competitive renewal for an additional three years.
Fellowships may be taken up on a part-time employment basis, where appropriate.
Unless stated otherwise, the following costs may be requested:
In addition the funders will provide:
Please note that only the funds provided by the Royal Society may be used towards indirect and estate costs.
The Wellcome Trust’s position on full economic costs is to pay the directly incurred costs of the research it funds, and other costs where these will further the Trust’s charitable mission. The Trust does not fund on a proportion of full economic costs (fEC) basis.
A preliminary application form must be completed and submitted by the published deadline. It should be sent electronically (as a Word document), with the requested accompanying information, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed forms will normally be assessed within four weeks of the preliminary deadline.
If eligible and assessed as competitive, the applicant will be advised to submit a full application via the Wellcome Trust's eGrants online application system. Guidance notes to accompany the full application form can be found here (PDF).
It is important that both the applicant and their Head of Department read this document when completing the full application form.
Sir Henry Dale Fellows are expected to conduct research in line with the agreed policies and position statements (PDF) of the funders.
Once the full application has been submitted it will be subject to external peer review prior to consideration by the scientifically relevant Expert Review Group.
The Expert Review Group will shortlist applicants for interview by the Sir Henry Dale Fellowship Interview Committee.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted at least two weeks before the interview date and interviews will take place in London.
Awards will be conditional upon a satisfactory performance at interview.
Reviewers and decision-making bodies typically assess:
The applicant is expected to write your own application for support of an independent project, which should normally be hypothesis-driven.
The applicant may not apply for more than one of the funders' fellowship schemes at any one time.
Successful applicants may have the opportunity to apply for Wellcome Trust Enhancement funding.
Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for a more senior fellowship or a permanent position within a UK research organisation at the end of their Sir Henry Dale Fellowship.
Enquiries may be directed to email@example.com, or by telephone to the Wellcome Trust's Grants Service Desk: +44 (0)20 7611 2020.
Schedule for preliminary applications submitted to the 1 November 2013 deadline.
The following documents are available:
Please email enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the Wellcome Trust's Grants Service Desk: +44 (0)20 7611 2020
Details of awarded fellows can be found on the Wellcome Trust's website here.
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