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Fellowships in Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Fellowships in Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Fellowships in Public Health & Tropical Medicine support outstanding researchers from low- and middle-income countries to establish themselves as leading investigators at an academic institution in a low- and middle-income country location.

Research projects should be aimed at understanding and controlling diseases (either human or animal) of relevance to local, national or global health.

Public Health Fellowship Eligibility

Applications are only accepted in the Public Health and Tropical Medicine Interview Committee remit. This covers research on infectious and non-communicable diseases within the fields of public health and tropical medicine that is aimed at understanding and controlling diseases (either human or animal) of relevance to local, national or global health.

This can include laboratory based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models will not normally be considered under this scheme.

You must be a national or legal resident of a low- and middle- income country, and be either a:


  • graduate in a subject relevant to public health or tropical medicine (for example; biomedical or social science, veterinary medicine, physics, chemistry or mathematics) with a PhD and at least five years’ postdoctoral experience, or
  • medical graduate with a higher qualification equivalent to membership of the UK Royal College of Physicians (i.e. qualified to enter higher specialist training), or be recognised as a specialist within a relevant research area, and have at least five years’ research experience.Applicants who do not have a PhD but who are educated to first degree or Master’s level and have substantial research experience, as evidenced by their publication record, may be considered.Public Health Fellowship Applications

    Fellowships are for up to five years in the first instance and provide support that includes:

  • a basic salary
  • research expenses (e.g. consumables, equipment, collaborative travel, research assistance, technical support, fieldwork and data collection)
  • training costs where appropriate and justified
  • an inflation allowance and support to attend scientific meetings.
  • Contributions to costs of the project that are directly incurred by the overseas institution may also be provided.The salary should normally be based on the pay scales of the employing institution and must be justified by the head of the institution.The salary level should be appropriate for the holder of a competitive grant and allow him/her to focus full time on research.

    If the fellow is already in receipt of a salary from the host institution, the host institution may use the salary to pay for a replacement member of staff while we provide the fellow’s salary for the duration of the fellowship.

    It is not expected that the fellow will hold a salary in addition to the one provided by the Trust.

    Overseas allowances will be provided for periods of training or collaborative research spent outside the home institution country, where appropriate.

    Research-dedicated costs (excluding salary costs) should not exceed £100 000 per annum.

    This fellowship is subject to competitive rolling scientific review every five years, and will be renewed on the basis that the Trust and the host institution will jointly fund the Senior Fellow’s basic employment costs through a partnership arrangement for the duration of any renewal period.

  • For more information and application materials, visit; Fellowships in Public Health & Tropical Medicine


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