STEM and research careers
Evaluation of the Sir Henry Dale Fellowships scheme
The Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society have operated the Sir Henry Dale Fellowships scheme for over 7 years. It has the aim of supporting outstanding early career researchers in biomedical research to enable them to become independent research leaders. These funders commissioned CRAC, supported by the Institute of Employment Studies (IES), to undertake an independent, external evaluation of the scheme. The project sought to understand scheme applicants’ and awardees’ experiences, how well the scheme is operating and whether its objectives were being met, including assessments of impact upon awardees. The evaluation comprised online surveys with applicants and awardees, interviews with a sample of awardees, analysis of scheme management information and a range of stakeholder perspectives.