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International Fellows Programme

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is seeking to appoint International Fellows to contribute to the Institute’s scientific portfolio.  Fellows should be early career stage scientists with existing faculty positions in a low or middle income country. Applications from senior scientists whose proposals are tightly aligned with the Institute’s strategic direction will also be considered.

The Institute is an internationally renowned genomic research centre with nearly 40 core faculty teams and 1,100 employees, based south of Cambridge. Our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens in order to improve human health. With core funding and state-of-the-art platforms in sequencing, model organisms, cellular genetics and information technology, we enable our researchers to concentrate on biological questions across a diverse range of genomic and genetic science, in both independent studies and large-scale collaborations. The result is a unique, vibrant and interactive research environment with synergies and cross-fertilisation of ideas across and between programmes. 

We welcome candidates with research interests that complement one of our four research programmes, bringing in new capacities and ideas.  Applications from exceptional individuals who have a different scientific focus within the broad field of genomics are also welcome. 

The successful candidate will initially be appointed for two years, with renewal for an additional two years upon successful review. Fellows will be allocated a yearly stipend that can be used to supplement salary costs at their home institution, as well as travel costs. Fellows are required to spend several months at the Wellcome Sanger Institute during the appointment, with access to the Institute’s research community and infrastructure.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates will have typically completed a PhD or MD within the past 10 years while having completed at least three years in a post-doctoral or clinical setting.  Candidates with more experience will need to demonstrate a well-defined research agenda that is relevant to the Wellcome Sanger Institute and impactful to their home Institution.  All candidates need to be associated with an institute of higher learning, research centre, or hospital within a low or middle income country.

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The Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the UK hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre, and Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to the Wellcome Conference Centre and the Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

Application enquiries should be directed to

For a discussion about the role, contact Marcus Lee

Applications should be accompanied by:

  • Curriculum vitae, complete list of publications and details of three referees;
  • A two page description summarising scientific achievements to date; and
  • A three page outline of future research plans indicating how these fit with, contribute to and make use of the Wellcome Sanger Institute’s programmes and infrastructure.

We strongly encourage applicants to reach out to our research programmes and faculty prior to submitting an application.

For successful candidates, support will be provided in obtaining the necessary visa required to take up this post.

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2018