Wellcome funded scientist at microscope

The College and the Wellcome Trust have established a fund to support our researchers to stimulate interdisciplinary research

The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) scheme provides Imperial College London with funds to develop and embed areas of mutual strategic importance to Wellcome and The College within and across: 

> biomedical science
population health
product development and applied research
humanities and social science
> equality and diversity 
public engagement and creative industries.


A range of schemes are available to connect our excellent research capabilities to address the Wellcome Trust Research challenges.

We particularly encourage applications from female scientists and scientists from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in these schemes.

Imperial College London is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information see Research evaluation 

Open and Upcoming Funding Calls

Professor Robin Shattock, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Chair in Mucosal Infection and Immunity

ISSF Springboard Fellowships

ISSF Springboard Fellowships provide flexible funding for up to 12 months for early career researchers who have not yet had an external fellowship application accepted, and can demonstrate they are on track for a successful research career.

Multidisciplinary applications are strongly encouraged. We also encourage applications from female scientists and scientists from diverse backgrounds who are currently underrepresented in this scheme.

For further information and eligibility, please read the ISSF Springboard Fellowships Guidelines 2019-20 (April 2020) (Imperial login required)‌.  

Next Call OPEN

Departmental Deadline  31 March 2020
Application Deadline 28 April 2020 (12 noon)
Decision Expected 22 May 2020

Urban recruitment, Cole Town, Western Area Rural District, Sierra Leone, March 2017

Global Health Clinical Research Training Fellowships

These 1-year Global Health Clinical Research Training Fellowships support 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.

Please read the Global Health Fellowship Guidelines (Feb 2020) and the Global Health Fellowship Application Form (Feb 2020) ‌for further information on eligibility and the application process (Imperial login required). 

External applicants: please email issf@imperial.ac.uk to request a copy of the guidelines and application form.


Sponsor-matching request deadline 17 January 2020 
Application Deadline 28 February 2020 (12noon)
Interviews 5 May 2020
Decision Expected 22 May 2020

Photo credit: Dr Nathalie MacDermott Global Health Clinical Research Training Fellow (2012)- Urban recruitment, Cole Town, Western Area Rural District, Sierra Leone, March 2017

Open and Upcoming Funding Calls

IPPRF image Professor Robin Shattock Chair in Mucosal Infection and Immunity

Imperial Post-Doctoral, Post-CCT Research Fellowship (IPPRF)

The Imperial Post-Doctoral, Post-CCT Research Fellowship (IPPRF) scheme is jointly funded by the Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund.

The purpose of this fellowship is to draw on the research strengths of Imperial to attract early stage clinical academics finishing clinical training to work towards Clinician Scientist, Wellcome Trust or other externally funded clinical research mid-level awards.

There will be up to three opportunities, offering two-year awards, to talented individuals who possess the potential to become leaders in academic medicine.  Applicants must be fully qualified medical doctors, have been awarded a PhD or MD within the last 4 years and hold a CCT, or be within 12 months of obtaining CCT (or equivalent) at the time of application.

Please contact cato@imperial.ac.uk for queries about this award. Job reference number MED01594


Departmental Deadline 27 January 2020 (17.00)
Application Deadline 24 February 2020 (midnight)
Interviews 24 April 2020
Decision Expected 22 May 2020

Poster presentation at the Daphne Jackson Trust Conference 2019

Career Re-Entry Fellowship

Applications are invited for a Daphne Jackson Fellowship that will be half sponsored by Imperial College London and hosted within any of our 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. This fellowship will be part-funded by the Wellcome Trust ISSF, so the proposed research area should fall within their science remit
Please note: The application process for a Daphne Jackson Fellowship is very different to any other in the STEM area. Find out if you are eligible for a Daphne Jackson Fellowship.

*** Call Open ***

Application Deadline 20 January 2020
Applications under review

Imperial awarded its first Daphne Jackson fellowship in November 2018. Read about Dr Tanweer Beleil’s return to research.

Photo credit: Daphne Jackson Trust - poster presentation at the 5th Daphne Jackson Trust Conference, October 2019, held at the Institute of Physics

Dr Pantelis Georgiou's (Elec Eng) research involves the creation of novel medical devices

Translational Networks of Excellence

The Translational Networks of Excellence scheme - run as part of the Imperial Confidence in Concept scheme - supports novel translational collaborations across disciplines, partner institutions and commercial entities.

We 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, we expect to support up to 7 projects per annum.

For further information and eligibility, please read the ICiC Application Guidelines Feb 2019  (Imperial login required)

Next call TBA