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WIN Global Scholars (WINGS) is a programme that affiliates early-career researchers in the Global South with WIN over one year. The programme aims to build ties between WIN and MRI researchers in parts of the world where we have fewer links. WIN Global Scholars will continue their research projects at their current institution, while receiving remote training and opportunities to interact with WIN researchers.



Applications for WINGS 2023-2024 are now closed!

The deadline to apply is 17 September 2023 at 5pm GMT. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in September. The WINGS Programme starts on 2 October 2023.



Candidates must:

  • Be a PhD student, post-doc, or other early-career researcher.
  • Be currently conducting MRI-based research with a focus on the brain, including physics or analysis.
  • Be affiliated with a university or academic institution within the Global South for the duration of the programme.
  • Dedicate 8 hours per week to the programme during term time (3 terms/year, 8 weeks/term). 
  • Be supported by their research supervisor to participate in the programme.
  • Be able to communicate scientific concepts in English fluently.
  • Have reliable internet connectivity sufficient to attend the MRI Graduate Program and participate in remote events.
  • Have access to computing resources sufficient to run programs including FSL, Python, and Zoom locally. No previous knowledge is required.

 WINGS is targeted at researchers from countries with limited investment in research training and infrastructure. Candidates in countries with expenditures on research and development per capita listed as greater than US$250 (listed here) are unlikely to be competitive.


Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed by a selection committee composed predominantly of WIN researchers with previous experience of education and/or research in the Global South. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a remote interview with the selection committee. The selection committee will have representation from different regions and continents.

The committee will assess candidates based on:

  • Research potential. Candidates will be assessed on their accomplishments to date within the context of the opportunities they have had available to them.
  • Benefit to the Scholar. Candidates need to outline how the knowledge acquired from the programme will be used to further their research career.
  • Benefit to their environment. Candidates and their supervisors need to describe how they will translate benefit to other members of their local research community.
  • Fit to WIN research themes. Candidates need to be working in a research area aligned to research at WIN, to maximise knowledge and skill transfer. 


How to apply

Candidates can apply by emailing the following documents to 

  • Application form
  • CV (max. 3 pages)
  • Personal statement. This statement should describe how WINGS will benefit the candidate’s research and career development. (max. 2 pages)
  • Supervisor letter of support. The letter should describe how participation in WINGS will benefit both the candidate and the candidate’s local research environment. (max. 2 pages)

WIN values diversity and inclusion in research. We aim to be an agent of positive change in research culture. We particularly encourage applications from groups that are underrepresented at WIN.



If you have questions regarding WINGS, including whether we will be able to provide adjustments for specific needs, please get in touch with the WINGS Committee: