Fellowship Opportunity at British Academy
The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.
The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early-career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Newton International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by the British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal Society.
The aims of the Newton International Fellowships Scheme are to:
- Support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years.
- Ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world are supported in the UK.
- Foster long-term relations between Newton International Fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni programme for former Fellows of this Scheme.
Postdoctoral experience/ PhD
- Applicants must have a Ph.D. or be in the final stage of their Ph.D. provided that it will be completed (including viva) before the start date of the fellowship. Confirmation of award of the Ph.D. will be required before any fellowship award is confirmed.
- Applicants should have no more than seven years active full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application, including teaching experience, time spent in industry, honorary positions and/or visiting researcher positions. Career breaks must be clearly detailed and explained in the application, for example “Start and end dates - career break – maternity/paternity leave”.
Nationality and country of residence/ employment
- Applicants should be working outside the UK and should not hold UK citizenship at the time of application.
- Applicants who are not currently employed are still eligible but will need to provide details of their previous supervisor.
- Applications covering natural and physical sciences (including engineering, maths and computer science), social sciences and humanities are welcomed from eligible applicants from any country outside the UK.
- Applications covering clinical and non-clinical patient orientated research are welcomed from China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa only.
- Individuals already living, working or researching in the UK are not eligible to apply.
- Individuals working outside the UK but employed by a UK organization are also not eligible to apply.
- Applications from individuals who have not studied or worked in the UK previously are encouraged as the scheme aims to establish new links between the applicant and the UK.
- Applicants who completed their Ph.D. at a UK organization must have been working and based outside the UK for at least one year at the deadline for the application.
- Applicants proposing to return to their UK-based Ph.D. organization and/or Ph.D. supervisor will normally be considered to be ineligible and so applicants must have exceptional reasons for proposing to do so.
- Proposed Fellowships must be carried out in the UK at the UK host organization for the two year period.
Value of the award Funding will consist of:
- £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs (tax exempt)
- up to 8,000 per annum for consumables
- a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation expenses in year one only
- A contribution will also be made to enable the UK host institution to host a Fellowship; this will be equal to 50% of the total award.
Applicants may also be eligible to receive follow on Alumni funding following the tenure of their Fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers.
Additional Fellowships will be supported through the Newton Fund, specifically for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries. This new initiative aims to develop long-term sustainable growth and welfare of partner countries through building research and innovation capacity and forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance commitment. Newton Fund countries (for applications in the humanities and social sciences) include Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.
The application form is available on the Royal Society's grants management system.
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