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Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentship

This scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health

Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentship

*The internal deadline is 5 working days before the national deadline*

National deadline: March 2020


This scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health.


Support includes:

  • a studentship stipend
  • approved tuition fees, according to the rate charged by the training organisation
  • conference attendance

research expenses necessary for the successful and safe completion of the research project, including the cost of overseas fieldwork. You will need to justify your research expenses.


You can apply for a Doctoral Studentship if you want to complete a period of research leading to a PhD in any humanities or social science area.  You must have been accepted onto the Faculty's PhD programme. You can be of any nationality. You should usually hold, or expect to hold, a relevant Master's degree or have equivalent experience.

A Doctoral Studentship is usually for three years, although we consider requests to undertake PhDs on a part-time basis (eg if someone has family commitments or intends to keep up another career for sufficient hours to maintain a professional accreditation). 

You should give careful thought to your choice of supervisor(s); they should have strong track records in research, training and mentorship.

If you have a multi-site or multi-method project, you may need more than one supervisor. You should make it clear on your application form how you will all work together. Your sponsor can also be your supervisor.


Your sponsor should be in a position to guarantee you space and facilities for the full period of your PhD. Sponsors are usually the head of department or head of school/faculty. The sponsor must:

  • be based at an eligible sponsoring organisation that will administer your fellowship for the full duration of the award
  • hold an established post.


Your supervisor 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 supervisor(s) and sponsor will write letters of support. These should discuss your suitability for doctoral research, the quality of your project, and the support that the host organisation and relevant department will offer you.

Please contact the Faculty's and (Director of Research) if you intend to apply to this scheme.

You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT).

For more details about the scheme, including guidance notes, please consult the Wellcome Trust website.