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The College and the Wellcome Trust have established a fund to support our researchers to stimulate interdisciplinary research. A range of schemes are available to connect our excellent research capabilities to address the Wellcome Trust Research challenges.

The Strategic Support Fund is managed by a cross-College panel chaired by Professor Simon Taylor-Robinson, which reports to the Vice-Provost's Advisory Group for Research.

Open funding calls

Faculty Fellowships

Faculty Fellowships will provide flexible funding for up to 18 months for non-clinical, early career researchers, who have not yet submitted a Fellowship application but for who an award is in the pipeline because of the quality of the applicant, supervisor, and project.

These fellowships are open to researchers across all Faculties. Postdoctoral researchers from disciplines outside of biomedicine can request funding to apply their expertise to the goals of understanding health and disease, provided the proposed area of research is within the remit of the Wellcome Trust.

For further information and eligibility, please read the Faculty Fellowship Guidelines  (pdf).  Please note that these Fellowships require 50% matched departmental funding. 

How to Apply 

To apply please complete the Faculty Fellowship Application Form and submit to issf@imperial.ac.uk before 12.00 on 19 October 2017. Please note that within the Faculty of Medicine, the Departmental deadline for applications is 28th September.

Applications should include:

  • A completed Faculty Fellowship application form
  • Confirmation from Head of Department that they are willing to contribute 50% of the funds
  • Two letters of support, one from the host/supervisor and one from the Head of Department/Division
  • Infoed recovery and confirmation from Laura Rogers in the JRO that costings have been approved

These items should be converted to a PDF, and where possible combine into a single document in that order.

Application Deadlines 


Faculty of Medicine

Departmental Deadline

Final Application Deadline Decision Expected 
 28 September 2017   19 October 2017 (12.00)  24 November 2017
deadlines for departments and applications

Departmental Contacts 

Within the Faculty of Medicine, interested applicants should discuss their application with their departmental contact before 28 September 2017.  

Department of Medicine: Chrystalla Orphanides (c.orphanides@imperial.ac.uk)

National Heart and Lung Institute: Alun Owen (a.owen@imperial.ac.uk)

Department of Surgery and Cancer:

Surgery: Tony Tarragona (t.tarragona@imperial.ac.uk)

Cancer/IRDB:  Shirley Line (s.line@imperial.ac.uk)

CSM/Digestive Diseases: Susan Farrell (susan.farrell@imperial.ac.uk)

Institute of Clinical Sciences: Yalini Nathan (y.nathan@lms.mrc.ac.uk)

School of Public Health: Lyndsey Pallant (l.pallant@imperial.ac.uk)


Closed funding calls

Global Health Research Fellowships

These 1-year fellowships will support outstanding early-career clinical professionals wishing to undertake research, at least in part overseas, to improve the health of people and reduce health inequalities in developed and developing countries. Through the provision of clinical training fellowships in global health, we aim to provide opportunities for the most promising clinical academics, at the very beginning of their careers, to develop bids for independent fellowship funding. We anticipate that each fellow will be supported by two mentors, one based at an Imperial Campus, and one based overseas. All fellowships must commence by 1 September 2017.


Should you be an interested applicant looking for a sponsor, please provide a short (max 500 word) summary of your career to date, including details on your research experience and the proposed project to Susie Gray (ISSF@imperial.ac.uk) by 12.00 on 16 January 2017. We cannot guarantee that all interested applicants will be matched with an overseas sponsor.

To apply, please complete the Global Health Fellowship application form and submit it to Susie Gray (ISSF@imperial.ac.uk) before 12.00 on 6 March 2017. Please read the Global Health Fellowship guidelines  for further information on eligibility and the application process. 

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place the week commencing 1 May 2017.

Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships


Daphne Jackson Trust logoApplications are invited for a Daphne Jackson Fellowship that will be half sponsored by Imperial College London and hosted within any of the four Faculties. The fellowship is intended for individuals returning to research part time (0.5 FTE) after a career break of two or more years. As this Fellowship will be part-funded by Wellcome ISSF, the proposed research area should fall within their remit.


The Daphne Jackson Trust is dedicated to enabling talented scientists returning to a research career following a break of two or more years taken for family, caring or health reasons. 

Daphne Jackson Fellowships provide the unique opportunity to balance an individually tailored retraining programme with a challenging research project in a suitably supportive environment. 

For further details about the Trust and fellowship scheme, please visit the Daphne Jackson Trust website


Please complete the CV and personal details information forms that can be found on the Daphne Jackson Trust websitePlease email your submission to the Daphne Jackson Trust office (djmft@surrey.ac.uk) stating clearly Imperial College London Sponsored Fellowship Application.

Please note that a letter of support from the appropriate Head of Department, acknowledging that they agree to host the fellow, and cover associated costs within their department should be included with the application documents. If you require assistance with identifying a potential supervisor, please contact Dr Susie Gray (ISSF@imperial.ac.uk) by Monday 30 January 2017. We cannot guarantee that an appropriate supervisor will be found. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 March 2017.

For more information regarding this fellowship opportunity, including if you require assistance with identifying a potential supervisor, please contact Dr Susie Gray (ISSF@imperial.ac.uk)

Translational Networks of Excellence

The Translational Networks of Excellence scheme will support novel translational collaborations across disciplines, partner institutions and commercial entities. We will invite proposals for pilot or feasibility work for translational research, to support knowledge transfer, test or develop new methods, or proof of concept studies. Projects will be in the range of £40-80,000 for a maximum of 1 year, and we expect to support up to 7 projects per annum.

This scheme will be launched in February 2017, with further details in due course.