Newton International Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers in UK

Designation/Position- Postdoctoral Researchers

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40 Newton international Postdoctoral fellowships position is offered to researchers by The British Academy and the Royal Society for 2018-2019 entry. Scholarships are awarded to undertake research programme in Physical sciences, Natural sciences, Social sciences, and the Humanities at UK research institutions.

About-The Newton International Fellowship scheme will select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world, and offer support for two years at UK research institutions. The long-term aim of the scheme is to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK. The Newton International Fellowships scheme is run by the British Academy, The Royal Society and The Academy of Medical Sciences. The Fellowships are tenable at any UK university or public research institute. You need to agree a research project with your proposed host prior to application.

They provide grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence (tax exempt) and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. In addition, Newton International Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 5 years following the completion of the Fellowship. The Newton International Fellowships Scheme covers researchers in the following disciplines: physical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The scheme also covers clinical and patient orientated research, for applicants from China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey during the current round.

Research/Job area- Physical sciences, Natural sciences, Social sciences, and the Humanities

Fellowship Name- Newton International Fellowship

Location- United Kingdom

Eligibility- To be eligible to apply you must-

  • have a PhD, or will have a PhD by the time the funding starts
  • have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry)
  • be working outside the UK
  • not hold UK citizenship
  • be competent in oral and written English
  • have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host scientist

If you have any concerns about your eligibility, please contact us at [email protected] .

Job/Position Description- The Newton International Fellowships scheme is delivered by The Royal Society, the British Academy and The Academy of Medical Sciences. Approximately 40 Newton International Fellowships will be available in this round, with additional Fellowships awarded to individuals from Newton Fund countries. Additional fellowships are also made available by private foundations. Fellows will receive up to £2,000 for relocation expenses, £24,000 per annum for subsistence (tax exempt) and up to £8,000 per annum for research expenses, for the duration of the award. In addition, UK host universities will receive 50% of the annual value of the Fellowship as a contribution towards their overhead costs. The Fellowships run for two consecutive years in the UK.

Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 5 years following the completion of the Fellowship. The scheme covers the broad range of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. It also covers clinical and patient orientated research for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries.

How to Apply-

Applications are made online through Flexi-Grant®, an electronic application system runs by the Royal Society. You must have a strong research project and a UK Co-applicant.

Applications for all Newton International Fellowships should be made online through the Royal Society’s new Electronic Grant Application and Processing system Flexi-Grant®.

You should also be aware that an application is made jointly by you and your proposed UK Co-applicant. Please note that no help in finding a UK Co-applicant will be provided by either of the three implementing academies. You need to have agreed a research project with your proposed UK Co-applicant before you apply.

You will be asked to identify two independent referees who are familiar with your area of research. You should send them a copy of your application; please make sure that they are aware of the main features of your proposal.

You will also be asked to provide details of two additional individuals (as specified on the scheme notes) who will have to submit statements of support via Flexi-Grant® outlining your suitability for the Fellowship and explaining how it will benefit your research career.

The scheme is very competitive and as such it is important to make the best case for your application. You should:

  • Include all relevant information and supporting arguments in the application. The application stands alone and there is no opportunity for reconsideration on further evidence after assessments have been made.
  • Observe the assessment criteria to ensure you are providing the necessary information to show how your application meets these.
  • Present your application clearly; evidence of good planning, financial responsibility and measurable outcomes can be as important as excellent research.
  • Save information entered on Flexi-Grant® as you proceed: you may be automatically logged out after a long period of inactivity and any unsaved information will be lost.
  • Print a copy of your application and check that no information is omitted before submitting: once submitted you will not be able to edit your application without asking your approver to return it to you.

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