Janet Thornton Fellowship

Janet Thornton Fellowship

At the Wellcome Sanger Institute we are committed to enabling and opening routes back into science for those who have had a break from scientific research - for any reason.

The 2017 call is now closed
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We understand that even a short time out of research can have an impact on your career, which is why we have created a postdoctoral fellowship providing an additional opportunity specifically for those who have been out of scientific research for 12 months or more to return to high-quality postdoctoral training. One Fellowship will be awarded each year. Each Fellowship will last for three years and can be worked full time, part time or flexibly.

Fellowships will be awarded after a competitive selection process, with applicants developing their own project with prior agreement and in collaboration with a Sanger Institute Faculty member.

While the Sanger Institute provides the opportunity in its recruitment processes for job applicants to declare career breaks (taken for any reason) so that they can be taken into account when assessing applications for all roles, particularly in relation to the potential impact of time out on individuals' scientific and career outputs, this fellowship will be open exclusively to those who have taken a career break of 12 months or more.

What's included?

This postdoctoral Fellowship is for a duration of three years, can be worked full time, part time or flexibly at the Sanger Institute on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton near Cambridge and includes:

  • Salary £31,115 - £39,004 (2017 salary)
  • Research expenses, including consumables and travel costs for conferences and training courses
  • Access to training and support resources at the Institute
  • Access to the University of Cambridge Careers Service
  • Generous benefits

One Janet Thornton Fellowship will be awarded each year following a competitive selection process.

If you have questions about what is included in the Fellowship please email saher.ahmed@sanger.ac.uk


The Janet Thornton Fellowship is open to scientists who:

  • have had a break from scientific research, of 12 continuous months or more, for any reason
  • are not currently working in scientific research
  • have at least one years' postdoctoral experience

If you have questions about your eligibility for the Fellowship please contact saher.ahmed@sanger.ac.uk.


Please send any queries about the Janet Thornton Fellowship to saher.ahmed@sanger.ac.uk