Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Fellowships

The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) supports non-clinical and clinical early career researchers to realise their potential and position themselves for competitive external Fellowship application. 

The University of Leeds has been awarded a grant of £1.25m over five years from ISSF to support biomedical and related research. This has been matched by an equal investment by the University.

The funding also supports discipline-hopping activities to develop new research skills, including internal collaboration or short-term inter-institutional research visits. 

Fellowships

Early Career Researcher Fellowship Scheme (non-clinical/clinical)

Applications have now closed.

Interview date: Tuesday 21 April. Please ensure that you will be available to attend for interview on this date.

Funding amount available: Each award will normally be up to £60,000, but full justification of costs will be needed.

Note: This will be the last round of applications – successful candidates must take up the Fellowship by the end of 2020, and the tenure of the Fellowship must be completed by the end of 2021. 

Applications are considered by the University’s ISSF Steering Group.

Discipline Hopping Fellowship

Applications have now closed.

Interview date: Tuesday 21 April. Please ensure that you will be available to attend for interview on this date.

Funding amount available: Each award will normally be up to £60,000, but full justification of costs will be needed.

Note: This will be the last round of applications – successful candidates must take up the Fellowship by the end of 2020, and the tenure of the Fellowship must be completed by the end of 2021. 

Applications are considered by the University’s ISSF Steering Group.

The ISSF Steering Group

The University’s ISSF Steering Group is chaired by Professor Mark Harris, Professor of Virology, Faculty of Biological Sciences.

The group includes:

  • Professor Mark Harris (Professor of Virology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

  • Professor Philip Quirke (Professor of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health)

  • Dr Alexa Ruppertsberg (Head of Public Engagement with Research, University Communications Team)

  • Professor Ruth Wilcox (Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences)

  • Professor Stephen Evans (Molecular and Nanoscale Physics Group, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences)

  • Professor Ann Morgan (Professor of Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine and Health) 

  • Dr Elton Zeqiraj (Sir Henry Dale Fellow, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

  • Dr James Stark (Associate Professor of Medical Humanities, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures)

The administrative team for the steering group is Christine Gibson and Emma Pickering.

Contact us 

Email: wtissf@leeds.ac.uk