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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Wellcome Trust (WT) Senior Research Fellowships are designed to support independent researchers who want to tackle the most important questions in science and who are leaders in their field.

The WT Senior Research Fellowship Scheme is a recurring award with 3 funding rounds per year.

Career stage

Leading a research programme in basic, clinical or public health research

Applicants should be be able to show that:

  • their work is important, original and has impact
  • they have made important contributions to their area of research, eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on health policy or practice
  • they are developing an international reputation as a research leader in their field
  • they are committed to developing and mentoring less experienced researchers.


Researchers based at an organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- or middle-income countries.

Applicants must  have sponsorship from a head of department or equivalent at an eligible host organisation.

Level of funding

Salary and research expenses covered for up to 7 years (after this you can apply for one renewal of up to 5 years with 50% of your salary covered by WT)


For further details see the WT website.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative 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.


Join the Strategic Research Initiative

Register to Cambridge Global Challenges here.


Learn about the support we provide 

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


Contact us

Programme Manager (Sara Serradas Duarte):​