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Wellcome directly funds thousands of scientists and researchers around the world at every step of the way from discovery to impact. Our funding schemes offer grants across biomedical science, population health, medical innovation, humanities and social science, and public engagement.

We also identify areas in which Wellcome can lead significant change within five or ten years, aiming to transform the global response to some of today’s biggest health challenges.

We work with policy makers to ensure that good research is well supported, and that health is improved by changes to policies and practices based on evidence.

And we engage the public so that people are more aware of science and health research, and feel able to make the most of it in their own lives.


At Wellcome, we’ll encourage you to try new things and develop your skills.

We want people to join us who:

·       think creatively 

·       aren't afraid to challenge the status quo

·       have a positive attitude and an enthusiasm for learning.

We take your career development seriously. You'll find out about the learning, volunteering and social activities available at your induction. 

Then each year you’ll work on your own development plan, deciding what you want to achieve and how you’d like us to help you get there.

Here are some of the ways you can develop your knowledge and abilities:

·       training programmes

·       time off to volunteer

·       working in other teams - anything from shadowing a colleague to a formal secondment

·       working as part of an ad-hoc team on special projects - within Wellcome and with our partners

'My Career' festivals throughout the year, designed to help you think about your career plans

a study scheme - we provide financial support to help you learn relevant skills.

We want to help you make the most of the opportunities on offer in our diverse organisation. 


Our two-year graduate development programme is your opportunity, as an enterprising, motivated recent graduate or Master's graduate, to help deliver Wellcome’s mission to improve health.

You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals in a range of areas across Wellcome. These include funding, policy, investments, public engagement, communications and operations.

The next programme is scheduled to start on 7 September 2020.


Our summer internships for undergraduates are designed to inspire, encourage and support a new generation who will go on to make a difference.

You'll work alongside our experienced staff in the area that most interests you, building on your existing skills and gaining new ones. We value your insights and ideas, and during your time with us you’ll have every opportunity to make a real contribution.


At Wellcome we take social responsibility seriously. We have created a culture of giving and we are passionate about giving back to a diverse range of local people and communities.

So much so that we give staff up to four paid volunteering days each year and encourage everyone to use them by providing a programme of accessible and flexible volunteering opportunities in line with our Principles.

We organise summer and winter volunteering seasons as well as events throughout the year. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference using your skills and experience to help others and potentially learn and develop new skills and expertise in the process. You will also have the chance to set your own volunteering agenda by supporting charities and causes that are important to you personally.

Core benefits

  • Holiday – 25 days’ holiday a year plus bank holidays (and we usually close between Christmas and New Year).
  • Pension (defined contribution plan) – you contribute at least 3% and we pay in 15% of your salary.
  • Income protection – to maintain your income if you have a prolonged illness or disability.
  • Life assurance – four to six times your basic salary if you’re a member of our pension plan.
  • Interest-free travel season ticket loan.

Health and wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance – we pay the cover, you pay the tax (and you can pay to add dependants).
  • Gym and fitness classes – free membership to on-site gym and subsidised fitness classes and treatments.
  • Employee assistance programme – free, independent 24/7 help and advice for work-related issues as well as problems affecting your home life.
  • Mental health support – our network of mental health first aiders can be a first point of contact, or help while you're receiving professional help.
  • Health assessments (free and voluntary) – after you’ve been here for one year, then every two years after that.
  • Occupational health – annual eye tests and flu jabs, as well as job-related vaccinations.

Work-life balance

  • Flexible working – we make every effort to support flexible working, including flexible working hours and remote working (we respect people's different working preferences and the need for a healthy work-life balance).
  • Flexi-leave scheme – you can buy or sell up to five days of your holiday entitlement a year.
  • Staff social club – a range of sports teams and fun events throughout the year.

Contribute to the community

  • Volunteering – we give you up to four days' paid leave a year to contribute to our local community.
  • Give As You Earn – allows you to make tax-free donations to the charities you care about.

Employee discounts

  • Cycle-to-work scheme – we offer at least 25% discount on bikes and cycling equipment and we have secure cycle storage, lockers and showers.
  • Subsidised restaurant and cafe.
  • Wellcome Collection discounts – 20% off food, drink and gifts from our cafe, restaurant and shop.
  • Discounts through Perkbox – shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, phone insurance and gift cards.


We offer Unconscious Bias training for all our staff and Reverse Diverse Mentoring for our Executive team. The D&I team regularly reviews our training offer to ensure we are equipping and supporting colleagues in D&I best practice.


We offer an Employee Assistance Programme to help colleagues deal with problems that might affect their work performance, health and wellbeing.

This is an information and support service operated by an external specialist provider, with a focus on helping colleagues through the day-to-day challenges we all face at one time or another. The range of services includes advice on home, life and work issues as well as emotional support and counselling.

Diversity and Inclusion

Embracing diversity and inclusion is fundamental to delivering our mission to improve health, and we are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment for the people work here and those we work with. As we learn more about barriers that disadvantage certain groups from progressing in our workplace, we will remove them.

We are updating our policies and providing training to support the people we employ. We’re also making changes to our recruitment and selection processes to ensure we can continue to attract people from all backgrounds, and achieve our goals

Three ways we are taking action...

1. Making UK science more inclusive:

We’re funding research to understand more about the causes of inequality within science, and making our grants more flexible to accommodate diverse needs, like providing adjustments for disabled applicants. 

We’ll also introduce innovative ways to measure, evaluate, incentivise and embed good practice in diversity and inclusion, and share what we learn with others.

With the Francis Crick Institute and GlaxoSmithKline, we’ve launched a network called EDIS (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Health Research)

Which aims to inspire and encourage the UK scientific community to make equality and diversity a top priority.

2. Engaging a wider range of people with science and health:

We’ll continue to engage people from all walks of life through our work in education and public engagement. We’re planning to build on the great work Wellcome Collection has already done to make its to different audiences.

We partner with organisations like BBC Children in Need and the Brilliant Club to spark young people’s curiosity in science and inspire more of them to see themselves as scientists in future. 

Leading by example

As one of the biggest funders of science and research in the UK, we want to lead by example. We know we’re not as inclusive as we could be. We’re enhancing our recruitment process, introducing bias awareness training, and investing in a seed fund to support people to develop their own ideas for making Wellcome more inclusive.


Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Wellcome. We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includesmaking adjustmentsfor people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you would like us to make adjustments during the application process, please contact us at