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Wellcome Trust Master's Award in Humanities and Social Science

A number of UCL Master's programmes fall under the remit of the Wellcome Trust's Master's Awards in Humanities and Social Science. UCL is permitted to propose only one candidate for Wellcome Master's funding per year. 

If you'd like to be considered for this candidature, please discuss this with the Admissions Team of your particular Master's course as soon as possible. Crucially, you must be able to make a strong case that you meet the Trust's priorities for funding. If asked, you should prepare a case of no more than 1000 words setting out your answers to the following prompts (drawn from Wellcome’s application):

  1. Motivation for choosing this subject and UCL (250 words max.)
  2. Provisional dissertation topic (500 words max.)
  3. Outline briefly the career you hope to pursue (250 words max.)

Please note:

  • In order to be eligible for this opportunity, you must already be accepted into a UCL Master's programme.
  • The application deadline for the Trust is in May. However, the deadline for sending your materials to be considered by the Admissions Team of your Masters is 1 March. The Admissions Team of your Master's will then forward your case to a multidisciplinary panel convened by the Health Humanities Centre, which will decide UCL's overall best candidate. 
  • The leaders of the relevant Master's will work with the winning candidate to prepare their final application. 
  • Selection to be UCL's proposed candidate for the award is no guarantee the application will be funded by the Wellcome Trust. Ultimately, we nominate, but they decide.
  • Only degree-seeking students are eligible; diploma and certificate students are not, unfortunately.

Further information

You can find further details of scheme here: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/masters-awards-humanities-and-social-science, and the sample final application form:https://wellcome.ac.uk/sites/default/files/sample-app-form-master%27s-awards-humanities-social-science.pdf.

The Wellcome Trust has other schemes, too (link).


Instructions for nominating Master's Programmes

Putting a student forward for nomination

No more than one candidate may be put forward by each Master’s programme. If you have more than one student on your Master’s programme who wants to be considered for the award, please perform an internal selection process to identify the best one.

For your selected candidate, please email James Wilson by the 5th March, saying which Master’s programme is putting the candidate forward, attaching (1) the full pdf of the student’s UCL Master's application form, and (2) a supplementary document from the student of no more than 1000 words setting out their answers to the following prompts (drawn from Wellcome’s application):

  1. Motivation for choosing this subject and UCL (250 words max.)
  2. Provisional dissertation topic (500 words max.)
  3. Outline briefly the career you hope to pursue (250 words max.)

A multidisciplinary panel will meet shortly after 5th March to select the best candidate.

Deadlines for the scheme:

5 March 2018: deadline for Master's programmes to make their nomination of the student.

20 March 2018: nominator and selected candidate notified of outcome.

23 March: deadline for confirmed candidate to be nominated to Wellcome. Nominated students who were not selected by the internal panel informed.

2 May 2018: deadline for completed electronic application to be submitted to Wellcome

June 2018: Wellcome decision

Panel and criteria

The multidisciplinary panel will be comprised of the Vice Deans (Interdisciplinarity) for A&H, and for SHS, one of the directors of the Health Humanities Centre, and the SLASH Director of Research Facilitation, Coordination & Planning.

The panel will aim to judge on the basis of (a) academic excellence, and (b) which candidate would be ranked most highly according to Wellcome's stated criteria, which are:

  1.  The award is open to students who “want to develop humanities or social science research skills and train in any area of health”.
  2. The candidate needs to be able to show that they are intending to make a long-term academic career in the field, and that they have the potential to do so.
  3. The appropriateness of the course/supervisory environment and the proposed topic.   

Further Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

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