Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Locations of Fellowship Positions
21 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC
How To Be Contacted
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. Its grant making strategies support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and areas of science that are poised for significant advancement but currently undervalued and underfunded.
BWF’s financial support is channeled primarily through competitive peer-reviewed award programs to degree-granting institutions in the U.S. and Canada.
BWF was founded in 1955 as the corporate foundation of the pharmaceutical firm Burroughs Wellcome Co. In 1993, a generous gift from the Wellcome Trust, enabled BWF to become fully independent from the company.
The Wellcome enterprise was established in 1880 by two American pharmacists, Henry Wellcome and Silas Burroughs, who moved to London to manufacture and sell “compressed medicines”-that is, pills-which they believed could replace the potions and powders of the day.
As the firm prospered, Wellcome held firm to his belief that research was fundamental to the development of excellent pharmaceutical products and established the industry’s first research laboratories. The importance of curiosity-driven research, as endorsed by Henry Wellcome, guides the mission of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and its commitment to the belief that fostering research by the best and brightest scientists offers the fullest promise for improving human health.
Career Development Resources
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund publishes a series of career development guides that provide insight and expertise from established scientists and other experts in topic areas relevant to early career researchers. To order copies, visit Career Tools at bwfund.org.
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