Applications and process for awarding

Applications for Soulsby Fellowships will be invited once per year using the application form provided and must be received before midnight GMT on the closing date indicated. Advertisements for applications are placed in mainstream medical, veterinary and tropical medicine media. You can hear from current Fellows in these brief YouTube videos and be inspired to draft your own application.

Applicants should note that the Board has adopted the following One Health definition developed by the OHHLEP and adopted widely including by the One Health tripartite (WHO, FAO and OIE):

“One Health is an integrated, unifying approach that aims to sustainably balance and optimise the health of people, animals and ecosystems.

It recognises the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider environment (including ecosystems) are closely linked and inter-dependent.

The approach mobilises multiple sectors, disciplines and communities at varying levels of society to work together to foster well-being and tackle threats to health and ecosystems, while addressing the collective need for clean water, energy and air, safe and nutritious food, taking action on climate change, and contributing to sustainable development.”

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, successful project proposals are likely to integrate knowledge of human health, animal health and ecosystem health, and to focus attention on the importance of these inter-connections. In addition to increasing understanding of zoonoses and emerging infections at the human/animal interface, the Foundation welcomes applications which consider wider issues such as socio-economic aspects and environmental impacts of One Health interventions.

All applications will be assessed against this description.

Early applications are strongly encouraged. All applications received by the closing date will be considered by the Trustees. Details of the process for assessing applications are available here.

The successful applicant(s) will be selected from the shortlist and will be notified in writing, normally within three months of the application closing date.

In summary, the schedule normally spans six months as follows:

  • Invitation for applications opened
  • After three months: Closing date for applications
  • During next six weeks: Applications assessed and shortlist agreed by the Trustees
  • During next month: Interviews of shortlisted applicants conducted
  • Final decision taken by the Trustees
  • Successful applicant(s) notified in writing and award(s) announced

Soulsby Fellows will be expected to commence and complete their proposed Project within twelve months of receiving notification of their award. Failure to do so without providing an acceptable reason to the Trustees may lead to withdrawal of the offer of a Fellowship.

Soulsby Fellows will be required to provide a report of their Project to the Trustees within twelve months of completion. This must be in a form agreed with the Trustees. Examples may be a published paper, the script/visual material of an invited presentation, or a written report to the Trustees prepared specifically for the purpose. Any publication or presentation arising from the Project should acknowledge the source of funding and a copy be provided to the Trustees. The Trustees may withhold part of the Fellowship funds pending receipt of a satisfactory report.

Successful applicants will be required to demonstrate to the Trustees that they hold appropriate insurance for the period of their Project, including cover for repatriation if necessary for health, personal, political or other reasons. The cost of insurance (and any necessary visas) can be included in the Project budget.

If any aspect of the Project involves research using animal or human subjects, the applicant is required to provide written assurances to the Trustees that all local and national ethical review requirements are being strictly adhered to and that the Project meets the ethical standards embodied in relevant UK, EU, North American or Australasian legislation and guidelines. Any publication arising from the Project should comply with the ARRIVE Guidelines[1] or similar.