Wellcome Career Development Awards

This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and well-being.

Eligibility: You can apply for a Wellcome Career Development Award if you are a mid-career researcher and you are ready to lead a substantial and innovative research programme. You must aim to make a key contribution to your field by:

  • generating significant shifts in understanding


  • developing methodologies, conceptual frameworks, tools or techniques that could benefit health-related research.

Level of funding: A Wellcome Career Development Award provides a salary for the grantholder (if required) and research expenses. The award usually lasts for 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines, such as humanities and social science. The award may be held on a part-time basis. The duration of the award will be extended to reflect this. You should ask for a level and duration of funding that’s justifiable for your proposed research.

Additional information: If your host organisation is in the UK and you have team members who will spend at least 50% of their working time contributing to the award, they may be eligible to apply for a Global Talent visa through the endorsed funder route.

Key dates

  • 16 November 2024: deadline for application at 17:00 pm BST
  • February 2024: shortlisting
  • 30 April-02 May 2024: interviews

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