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International Development Research @ Cambridge


The Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards seek to enable humanities and social science researchers, particularly those with a compelling research vision, to tackle the most significant questions in human health.

This funding opportunity is intended to support researchers at various stages in their academic careers.

Early-career researchers should be able to show that they can drive advances in their fields of study and have considerable promise. They should also have a strong track record relative to your career stage of:

  • developing innovative and creative research
  • making contributions to their specialised area of research (eg publications and impacts on policy) and/or securing grant funding
  • leading or managing research projects

 More established researchers should have a track record of:

  • delivering innovative and creative research
  • making significant contributions to the relevant area of research, eg publications and impacts on policy
  • securing and managing research grants or gaining similar experience in a management role (eg in an academic department or in healthcare)
  • developing and mentoring less experienced researchers.
  • an established international reputation as a research leader in their field of study.

Applicants should have a permanent/open-ended or long-term rolling contract with a host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland, or a low- or middle-income country.

The Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards offer from £250,000 to £1 million, for awards lasting three to five years. Applicants should ask for a level and duration of funding befitting their career stage, research experience and the nature of the proposed project. Support covers research expenses, including research assistance or PhDs, research/teaching replacement, and conference and meeting costs.


For further details on this funding opportunity, please see the associated webpage here.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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Learn about the support we provide 

Information on how Cambridge Global Challenges can support your research is shared here.


Contact us

Research Strategy Manager (Dr Sara Serradas Duarte):​.