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In this section you will find information relating to internal and external funding opportunities, events, conferences, news etc. available to postdoctoral and early career researchers.

These are just a selection of some of the opportunities for postdoctoral and early career researchers.  To discover more funding opportunities relevant to your discipline visit Research Professional.

PERCAT Mini Career Development Competition 2019

We are pleased to announce that this year EPS & LES PERCAT will be running a mini Career Development Competition, to fund postdocs and early career researchers in the Colleges of EPS and LES to undertake innovative career development activities which can be undertaken within a fixed timescale.

The funding is limited and a limited number of awards of up to £1,000 will be made. The number of awards made will depend on the number and quality of the applications received.

Please note the very short deadline: deadline for applications is 4pm, Thursday 30th May 2019.

For further information please see the Competition Announcement and Guidelines document.


Opportunities, Fellowships and Funding

Opportunities are arranged by closing date, please expand the box for each month to see all the opportunities with closing dates in that month.

May 2019

THIS Institute: Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 14th May 2019

Post-doctoral fellowships are an opportunity for exceptional early-career individuals to lead an extended period of research and contribute to the development of the field of healthcare improvement studies.

We are seeking applications from the head of an academic department nominating a candidate fellow to be hosted by that department. Nominated individuals may have a clinical or non-clinical professional background in any discipline that can make a contribution to research focused on improving healthcare for people in the UK.

The award has a maximum value of £225,000 over the period of funding, regardless of length or clinical/non-clinical status of fellows. It is expected, at a minimum, that a university will use the funding to pay for:

Salary costs for the fellow including all on-costs (superannuation and NI)

Research costs (e.g. conference attendance, items of small equipment, transcription costs, meeting costs, and expenses for service-user participants)

Dissemination and publication costs, including at least two open-access publications

Leadership development is a key component of the post-doctoral fellowship. Fellows will participate in a facilitated cohort learning set, meeting regularly over the three-year period of their fellowship. Further details can be found in the guidance for applicants.

We offer membership of THIS Community and access to a mentoring scheme at no cost to fellows.


For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Institute of Engineering and Technology: Travel Awards

Closing Date: 15th May 2019

The Institution of Engineering and Technology invites applications for its travel awards. These support individuals in presenting a paper at a conference around the world, or by participating in international research visits or projects.

Applicants must have been members of the institution for a minimum of one year at the date of application. They can be based anywhere in the world.

A total of two awards, worth up to £500, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

BIG Event Bursary

Closing Date: 15th May 2019

The British Interactive Group (BIG) is offering early career bursary places for their BIG Event conference, in Edinburgh in July. You must be a member (no minimum time) and have not attended a previous BIG Event. Deadline 15th May.  

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

International Association for Mathematical Geosciences: Computers and Geosciences Research Scholarships

Closing Date: 31st May 2019

The International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, in collaboration with Elsevier, invites applications for its computers and geosciences research scholarships. These support early career scientists working in the fields of computational geosciences or geoinformatics. The awarded funds may be used either to support the applicant’s project in their home institution or to undertake a period of research at a different university or commercial or industry laboratory, of which the latter is favoured.

Postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers within three years following completion of their PhD may apply. Candidates working in interdisciplinary areas which have relevance or application to computational geosciences or geoinformatics are eligible.

The annual budget is USD 10,000 to fund between two and four scholarships. Projects will normally be sponsored for one year but applications for sponsorship for a second or multiple years may be submitted.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Institute of Physics: Public Engagement Grant Scheme

Closing Date: 31st May 2019

Provide <£3,000 for physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland. Projects should start after August 2019 and last less than 12 months. FAQs here.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Science Foundation Ireland: ELITE-S Fellowships

Closing Date: 31st May 2019

The Science Foundation Ireland invites applications for its ELITE-S fellowships. These support researchers in taking up a career developing position to forge themselves to be the next generation of thought leaders in ICT. The programme is a full research training and career development programme, focusing on domain-specific and transferrable skills and offering a wide range of training elements. Fellows will be based in one of the following institutions:

•Dublin City University;

•Dublin Institute of Technology;

•University College Dublin;

•Trinity College Dublin.

Researchers of any nationality may apply. Applicants must possess a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience in academia or industry. They must be fluent in English and must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Ireland for more than 12 months in the previous three years prior to the application deadline. Applications from researchers at risk, such as those who are displaced by conflict, or whose situation makes it difficult to pursue their research career are addressed on a case by case basis.

The fellowship is for a period of two years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

June 2019

Institute of Physics: Early Career Researchers’ Fund

Closing Date: 1st June 2019

The Institute of Physics invite applications for their early career researchers fund. This enables early-career researchers to attend international meetings and visit international facilities. It aims to broaden their professional development and maximise their potential.

Early-career researchers who are within three years of beginning their first paid contract of employment in industry or academia, either full-time or part-time, where research or the application of physics is the primary function of their role. This excludes any career breaks. Eligible applicants must be a member of the Institute and at least one of its special interest groups.

Bursaries are worth up to £300.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Microbiology Society: Travel Grants

Closing Date: 1st June 2019

The Microbiology Society invites applications for its travel grants. These enable members to present work at scientific or education meetings in the UK and overseas, or to attend short courses related to microbiology.

Applicants should be current standing members or full concessionary or postgraduate student members of the society who have made a minimum of two consecutive membership subscription payments.

Grants are worth up to £750 and may cover half of the costs associated with presenting at the chosen meeting. Funding may be used towards registration, travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

STFC: Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum

Closing Date: 3rd June 2019

The STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum (the ‘PEER Forum’) will support talented scientists and engineers to develop their PE goals.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Velux Foundations, Denmark: Villum Young Investigator Programme

Closing Date: 20th June 2019 (forecast)

The Velux Foundations invite applications for their Villum young investigator programme. This enables young researchers in natural science and technology to establish their own research group at a Danish university.

Applicants should at the time of application be an experienced postdoctoral researcher, assistant professor or associate professor of no more than two years' standing. Applicants must have a clearly defined research goal for the next five years and be within two to eight years of being awarded their PhD.

Grants are worth between DKK 7 million and DKK 10m to cover a research period of five years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

London Mathematical Society: Early Career Travel Grants

Closing Date: 28th June 2019 (forecast)

The London Mathematical Society invites applications for its early-career travel grants. These provide partial support for UK-based early-career mathematicians to attend conferences or undertake research visits in either UK or overseas.

Master’s level, PhD and research students and anyone within five years of completing their PhD in mathematics may apply. Non-members must have their application countersigned by a member of the society.

Grants are worth up to £500 each and may cover travel costs, including visas.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

BBSRC: Strategic training awards for research skills – bioprocessing skills school, embedding the industrial perspective

Closing Date: 29th June 2019 (forecast)

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its strategic training awards for research skills – bioprocessing skills school. These enable early-career researchers to work in teams and to develop innovative, entrepreneurial spirit while working on a real-life industrial case study and promoting research translation. The school is one-week long, taking place from 9 to 14 September 2018, and is an intensive residential training programme, designed around the insights and advice of senior industrialists. The purpose is to engage with the process of entrepreneurship, focus on the development of the ability to promote research ideas and their value to audiences and the key importance of the societal impact of industrial biotechnology.

Applicants must be early-career researchers, normally undergoing PhD training or on the first postdoctoral positioning in an academic environment but potentially in the early stages of an industrial career. They should be working in the area of bioprocessing of biopharmaceuticals or novel biological therapeutics, and preferably working on a project that has an industrial collaborator.

BBSRC supports accommodation, meals and all training activities to a maximum of 18 participants.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Wellcome Trust: Early Career Fellowships

Closing Date: 30th June 2019 (forecast)

The Wellcome Trust and the Indian Department of Biotechnology invite applications for their early-career fellowships. These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to carry out biomedical research relevant to human and animal welfare in laboratories in India. This scheme provides an opportunity to help researchers make an early start in establishing their own research programme.

Applicants must be basic science or veterinary researchers who are in the final year of their PhD or have no more than four years of postdoctoral research experience. Fellowships should not be carried out at the laboratory where the fellow conducted their PhD thesis.

Fellowships are tenable for five years and provide personal support, research expenses, including research assistance and additional allowances such as travel and overseas subsistence.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Society of Chemistry: Analytical Biosciences Awards

Closing Date: 30th June 2019

The Royal Society of Chemistry, under the Analytical Biosciences Group, invites applications for its analytical biosciences awards. This enables UK-based academic scientists working in the area of analytical biosciences to attend events such as conferences and symposia. Grants may be used for participation in relevant training events, such as summer schools, and conferences and meetings where the applicant is presenting their research.

Applicants must be PhD students, post-doctoral researchers within 10 years of completion of a PhD, members working in industry within 10 years of leaving full time education, or technicians within 10 years of leaving full time education. Each member can be awarded one grant per calendar year.

Grants are worth up to £500 for non-UK events, and up to £200 for UK-based events.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

July 2019

AACR-CRUK Transatlantic Fellowships: New four-year grant to support promising Postdocs

Closing Date: 25 July 2019

Our new Transatlantic Fellowships, funded in partnership with AACR, give high-potential final year PhD students and early career postdocs the opportunity to develop independence, gain experience and broaden their international network. We’re teaming up with AACR to provide funding of £300,000/$400,000 to conduct research for four years at some of the world’s leading research institutions. UK applicants are expected to spend the greater part of their fellowship in the US, and vice versa.

The Fellowships offer you the opportunity to:

  • Develop your own research programme
  • Build a transatlantic network of collaborators
  • Gain independence at an earlier career stage than most postdoctoral fellows

The scheme is highly accommodating – all research subjects are welcome, and the locations of your destination institutions are also flexible, as long as they are US- or UK-based, so you can make your fellowship truly your own.

Application deadline:     25 July 2019
Interviews:                        Early December 2019 at AACR headquarters, Philadelphia
Awards starting:              1 February 2020

For more information visit the funder’s webpage

August 2019

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences: Early Career Practitioner and Researcher Grants

Closing Date: 1st August 2019

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences invites applications for its early-career practitioner and researcher grants. These enable early-career practitioners and researchers to develop their applied and research potential.

Applicants must be members of the association and be within five years of obtaining either association accreditation or a PhD. BASES will consider making adjustments for individuals who have taken a career break within the first five years of their career.

A total of two awards, worth £2,000 each, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

National Institute of Health:  Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship

Closing Date: 8th August 2019

The purpose of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) is to support promising applicants during their mentored postdoctoral training under the guidance of outstanding faculty sponsors.  The integrated program of research and training should enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent researcher. The training plan should document the need for, and the anticipated value of, the proposed mentored training in relationship to the individual’s research career goals. The training plan should also facilitate the fellow’s transition to the next stage of his/her career.

The Kirschstein-NRSA F32 award may provide up to three years of support for postdoctoral research training. The NIH encourages applications from individuals sufficiently early in their postdoctoral training period that they can benefit from the mentored research and training opportunities of an individual fellowship award.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Human Frontier Science Programme: Long-Term Fellowships

Closing Date: 9th August 2019 (forecast)

The Human Frontier Science Programme invites applications for its long-term fellowships. These enable applicants with a PhD in a biological discipline to broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous PhD or postdoctoral work.

Applicants must have been awarded their doctoral degrees in the three years. They must have at least one lead author paper accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed international journal where they are either single, first or joint first author by the application deadline. Candidates from outside the HSFP supporting countries may apply to work only in supporting countries, while candidates from supporting countries may apply to work anywhere. Candidates cannot apply to work in an institution where they are already based or have previously spent more than 12 months.

Fellowships last for three years and include living, relocation, research and travel support, as well as child and parental leave allowances. The value of the allowances is based on the country in which the fellowship is carried out.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

September 2019

Royal Academy of Engineering: RAEng Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Enterprise Fellowship

Closing Date: 1st September 2019 (forecast)

The Royal Academy of Engineering invites applications for its Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 enterprise fellowship. This encourages and rewards creativity and innovation in engineering by identifying and supporting the founders and leaders of tomorrow’s high-tech companies. The aim is to:

•bring engineering innovations to market for a wider public benefit;

•improve the skills of the awardee;

•develop role models of entrepreneurship;

•develop a wider alumni network to further the aims of the hub.

Applicants may be postdoctoral researcher at a UK-based university wishing to spin-out a company, or recent graduates wishing to create a company in the UK. Recent graduates must have graduated within the last five years.

Each award includes funding worth up to £60,000, mentoring from an academy fellow, 12 days of business training, public relations support, access to the academy’s network and to the enterprise hub meeting facilities, as well as membership of the enterprise hub.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research): Post-Career Break Fellowships

Closing Date: 2nd September 2019

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) invites applications for its post-career break fellowship. This enables science and engineering graduates to restart their careers after taking time out for personal reasons.

Applications are invited from candidates with a senior or junior profile who are nationals of a CERN member or associate member state. Senior applicants must hold a master’s-level diploma or PhD with between four and 10 years of post-master’s relevant experience. Junior applicants must hold a bachelor of science or technical engineer diploma and have no more than four years of relevant experience. Those applying in the field of experimental or theoretical physics must hold a PhD, or be about to finish their thesis. Applicants should have been on a career break for personal reasons, such as family or caring responsibilities or health issues, for at least two years.

Full-time and part-time fellowships are available for between six and 36 months. Fellowships are worth between CHF 5,185 and CHF 7,994 per month and also cover insurance, travel expenses, settling-in and family allowances, and paid leave.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research): Senior Research Fellowships in Theoretical and Experimental Physics

Closing Date: 2nd September 2019

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) invites applications for its senior research fellowships in theoretical and experimental physics. These enable researchers working in theoretical and experimental physics to spend time working in a research group at CERN.

Applicants must hold a PhD in particle physics or have between four and 10 years of experience following their master’s. They must be nationals of CERN member or associate states, although a limited number of fellowships are also available for nationals of non-member states. Staff members at CERN may not apply.

Stipends are worth between CHF 7,113 and CHF 8,078 per month for six to 36 months. An installation grant, family, child and infant allowances and travel expenses to and from Geneva may also be attributed, depending on circumstances.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research: Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni – Applied and Engineering Sciences

Closing Date: 3rd September 2019

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) invites applications for its innovation research incentives scheme Veni – applied and engineering sciences. This enables researchers in the fields of the applied and engineering sciences who have recently obtained their PhD to conduct independent research and develop their ideas.

Candidates must have completed their doctorates within the last three years. Researchers from outside the Netherlands may apply, but the project must be carried out at a Dutch institution recognised by NWO. Female researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Grants are worth up to €250,000 each.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research: Senior Fellowships

Closing Date: 4th September 2019 (forecast)

CERN invites applications for its senior fellowship programme. This enables researchers working in applied sciences, computing or engineering to spend time working in a research group at CERN.

Applicants must hold a PhD or have between four and 10 years of experience following their MSc. They must be nationals of CERN member or associate member states, although a limited number of fellowships are also available for nationals of non-member states.

Stipends are worth between CHF 7,113 and CHF 8,078 per month for six to 36 months. Fellowships may also cover travel and insurance.

For more information visit the funders’ webpage.

 


 

Medical Research Council: New Investigator Research Grant – Molecular and Cellular Medicine

Closing Date: 4th September 2019

The Medical Research Council invites proposals for its new investigator research grant in molecular and cellular medicine. This supports researchers who are capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are ready to take the next step towards that goal within the areas of molecular and cellular medicine. Applicants are expected to combine their time with a portfolio of other activities, such as other research grants or clinical duties, teaching, administration duties, or other time spent in faculty. They are expected to spend up to 50 per cent of their contracted working time on the grant. Research involving trials of clinical treatments is not supported.

Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate that their skills and experience at the time of their application match those of the transition to independence career stage. They must hold at least a graduate degree, and are usually expected to have a PhD or an MD. The research may be carried out at the UK institution at which the applicant is based or an eligible UK research organisation to which they wish to move. Applicants may hold a lecturer appointment, a junior fellowship, or be in another research staff position. Those who hold or have held early-career training fellowships are also eligible. Co-investigators are allowed if they bring expertise to the project that is outside of the applicant’s field.

Grants are tenable for three years and are usually given on the basis of 80 per cent of full economic costs of the research to the applicant’s institution. Funding may cover the following:

  • a salary commensurate with the time attributed to the project, up to 50 per cent of the applicant’s total contracted working time;
  • a salary for the hours attributable to the project of any co-investigators;
  • support for additional research or technical costs;
  • consumables and equipment;
  • travel costs;
  • data preservation, data sharing and dissemination costs.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Society: University Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 5th September 2019 (forecast)

The Royal Society invites applications for its university research fellowships. These enable early-career scientists to build an independent research career in their field. This covers all fields of natural sciences, including biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and

physics, but excludes clinical medicine and biomedical research. Three additional awards are available for fellows working in areas primarily and directly relevant to global challenges faced by developing countries, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Applicants must hold a PhD and have three to eight years of research experience since obtaining their PhD. They must not hold a permanent post in a university or non-profit organisation. There are no nationality restrictions, but fellowships are tenable in the UK only.

Fellowships are awarded for five years, but extensions may be awarded for three additional years. Awards include a maximum salary of £40,300 per year and research expenses of up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 for every year thereafter. The Royal Society will cover costs at 80 per cent full economic cost.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

European Molecular Biology Laboratory: EI3POD Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 12th September 2019 (forecast)

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory and Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions invite applications, under the EMBL interdisciplinary postdocs (EIPOD) initiative, for the EI3POD postdoctoral fellowship programme. This enables researchers to take part in international and interinstitutional collaborations, or an intersectorial experience, whilst carrying out interdisciplinary research.

Applicants should propose their own research projects, and choose one of the three available specialisation pathways.

Applicants of any nationality who hold a PhD or have four years of full-time equivalent research experience may apply. Scientists who are currently doing postdoctoral research at other institutions may apply, as well as postdoctoral researchers at EMBL, provided that the previous affiliation does not exceed 12 months in the last three years prior to submission deadline.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research: Training Fellowships

Closing Date: 12th September 2019

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) invites applications for its training fellowships. These support early-career researchers from any area of medical, biological or veterinary research, focusing on developing new skills and gaining a breadth of research experience. Applications that integrate a range of disciplines or include an industrial partner are particularly encouraged. In 2019, applications incorporating greater use of non-mammalian model organisms for 3Rs purposes are preferred.

Applicants must have a maximum of three years of postdoctoral experience. Final year PhD students may apply but must be awarded their PhD before the fellowship commences. UK higher education institutes, independent research organisations and research council institutes are eligible to host the fellow. Researchers who already hold a permanent contract of employment at the host institution, such as lectureship position, are not eligible. There are no residency requirements and international applicants are eligible to apply, however, the host organisation must ensure that all necessary work permits are in place prior to the fellowship starting.

Funding covers a commensurate salary and up to £15,000 per year for other directly incurred research costs over two years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Medical Research Council: Career Development Award

Closing Date: 18th September 2019

The Medical Research Council invites proposals for its career development award. This enables postdoctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from postdoctoral researcher to independent investigator. Proposals are encouraged across all areas of MRC’s remit, and may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease, to translational and developmental clinical research. Additionally, jointly funded awards with a specific research focus are offered in collaboration with the following organisations:

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society;
  • Parkinson’s UK;
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health;
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Association.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the opportunities to establish collaborative networks and for cross-sector development as the award will support a period of research overseas, at a second UK institution or within industry if appropriate.

Applicants must hold a PhD or demonstrate sufficient research experience for the transition to independence career stage. There are no eligibility rules based on years of postdoctoral experience, and career breaks, flexible working and changes in discipline are taken into account. Applicants who require a visa to work in the UK will be eligible to be considered under the tier 1 visa route. Researchers proposing to continue research they are undertaking in their current position are not eligible.

Funding is provided for five years and covers salary, support for research staff, consumables, travel costs and capital equipment. There is no limit for funding, and awards are made at the full economic costing framework.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Government of Canada: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 19th September 2019 (forecast)

The Government of Canada, via the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, invites applications for the Banting postdoctoral fellowships. These support postdoctoral applicants who will contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth. The specific objectives are:

•attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent both nationally and internationally;

•develop fellows’ leadership potential;

•position them for success as research leaders.

The areas of research supported are health, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities.

Candidates may be of any nationality and must hold a PhD, a PhD-equivalent or health professional degree. Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have obtained their degree from a Canadian university may hold their fellowship at a Canadian or foreign institution. Non-Canadian applicants or Canadian citizens and permanent residents who obtained their qualifications from a foreign university must hold their fellowship at a Canadian institution. Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position. Eligible host institutions are universities, affiliated research hospitals, and colleges or non-profit organisations with a strong research mandate and capacity.

Fellowships are worth CAD 70,000 each per year for two years and approximately 70 awards are available every year.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Academy of Engineering: Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 24th September 2019 (forecast)

The Royal Academy of Engineering invites applications for its research fellowships. These support engineers in developing their academic research careers.

Applicants must be early-career researchers about to complete their PhD or who have been awarded their PhD in the last four years. There are no nationality restrictions, but posts must be held at UK HEI’s in an engineering department and applicants must not hold a permanent academic position. PhD students may apply but must have received their degree before starting the fellowship.

Fellowships are tenable for five years. The academy provides 80 per cent of the full economic costs of the research programme.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

October 2019

Federation of European Biochemical Societies: Long-Term Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st October 2019 (forecast)

The Federation of European Biochemical Societies invites applications for its long-term fellowships. These support long-term visits to FEBS country for the purpose of scientific collaboration or advanced training.

Applicants should be scientists, members of FEBS and working in a FEBS country and have a PhD and no more than three years’ postdoctoral experience.

The amount of the fellowship varies by country. Travel costs, costs of living and assistance for children are supported. Grants are for one year initially and are renewable for a further year, up to a maximum of three years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Wood-Whelan Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st October 2019

The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology invites applications for the Wood-Whelan research fellowships. These support young biochemists and molecular biologists in travelling to other laboratories to carry out experiments that require special techniques or for other forms of scientific collaboration or advanced training.

Applicants must be residents of a union member country, and should generally be graduate students or young researchers under 35 years of age.

Fellowships cover travel lasting one to four months up to a maximum of USD 4,000.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Douglas Bromford Trust: Project Grants over £1,500

Closing Date: 1st October 2019

The Douglas Bomford Trust invites applications for project grants over £1,500. These aim to advance knowledge, understanding, practice, competence and capability in the application of engineering and physical sciences to agriculture, horticulture, forestry, amenity and allied land-based and biological activities, for the sustainable benefit of the environment and mankind. Grants enable candidates to pursue:

•education, training, research and knowledge transfer;

•innovation and the application of science and technology with respect to the design, development, evaluation and construction of machines, systems and techniques;

•travel to acquire or disseminate knowledge;

•development and maintenance of professional competencies;

•development or acquisition of new skills, techniques and capabilities.

Individuals must have a connection with the UK, either through nationality, residency, or place of learning or registration. Organisations must have charitable status or aim to use the funding for charitable purposes.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Academy of Engineering: Public Engagement Awards

Closing Date: 1st October 2019 (forecast)

The Royal Academy of Engineering invites applications for its public engagement awards. These support projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. Projects that reach and engage with engineers and audiences from deprived neighbourhoods, different genders and diverse, ages and ethnic backgrounds are given preference. All projects should aim to achieve the following:

•inspire public engagement with engineering projects;

•motivate engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise in innovative ways with wider audiences;

•develop engineers’ communication and engagement skills;

•raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering among people of all ages and backgrounds;

•provide opportunities for engineers to engage with members of the public from groups currently underrepresented in engineering.

Applicants must be employed and based in the UK. Joint applications between engineers and organisations that specialise in communication or engagement with the public are welcomed. Engineers involved in the project must be based in and studying or employed in the UK. They must be graduate level or equivalent and above, from academia, industry or the public sector.

Awards are worth between £3,000 to £30,000 per project.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

NERC: Independent Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 2nd October 2019 (forecast)

The Natural Environment Research Council invites applications for its independent research fellowships. These aim to develop scientific leadership among early-career environmental scientists, by giving them five years’ support for developing their research programmes and to gain international recognition.

The fellowships are open to researchers of any nationality, and may be held in any area of NERC remit, but the fellowship must be based at an eligible UK research organisation. Applicants should have been awarded their PhD before the start of the fellowship and they should not hold a permanent academic position in a university or equivalent organisation. They must have a maximum of eight years of full-time postdoctoral research experience.

There are no funding limits. Applications generally request £500,000 total funding although this varies between research areas and according to the research objectives of the fellowship proposal. No equipment costing more than £10,000 may be requested.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 8th October 2019

The Wellcome Trust invites preliminary applications for the Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships. These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to start independent research careers in high quality research environments. Fellowships are aimed at researchers who want to undertake a guided period of research and will go on to lead their own independent research.

Applicants must be in the final year of their PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with some initial postdoctoral experience. They must be a UK or European Economic Area national or have a PhD from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. Applicants must also have an eligible sponsoring institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland to administer the grant for the full tenure and to offer a mentor, who holds an established post at the host organisation, to provide independent support and advice. They should have started to make important contributions to their area of research.

Fellowships include an award of £300,000 over four years on a full-time or part-time basis, covering the basic salary and a fellowship supplement of £2,500 per year for personal support.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

NERC: Introduction to Metabolomics for the Microbiologist Course Bursaries

Closing Date: 8th October 2019

The Natural Environment Research Council, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, invites applications for its introduction to metabolomics for the microbiologist course bursaries. These enable NERC-funded PhD students and selected postdoctoral researchers to attend a course on metabolomics, to be held from 9 to 11 October 2019 at the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre. The course addresses how untargeted metabolomics can be applied to study microbial systems in academic and industrial research and provides an overview of the metabolomics pipeline, experimental design, sample preparation, and data acquisition.

NERC-funded PhD students and selected postdoctoral researchers may apply.

Bursaries cover registration fee, travel and accommodation.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Québec Health Research Fund (FRQS): Postdoctoral training grants for applicants living outside of Québec

Closing Date: 15th October 2019 (forecast)

The Québec Health Research Fund (FRQS) invites applications for its postdoctoral training grants for applicants living outside of Québec. These enable non-Canadian citizens to pursue their postdoctoral training in the province. The programme aims to help PhD holders to enhance their training and broaden their fields of interest in human health sciences research. It is also intended to encourage these researchers to experience new scientific environments, to acquire new research methodologies and management and communication skills, and to supervise students.

Applicants must have obtained their PhD no more than two years before 15 October 2018, and must choose a host university different from the one which awarded the PhD. Projects must be supervised by a university researcher or clinical university researcher.

Grants are worth CAD 45,000 each per year for two to three years. Additional funding may be available in collaboration with FRQS partners.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Society of Edinburgh: BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 17th October 2019 (forecast)

The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invite applications for their enterprise fellowships. These enable science and technology researchers based in the UK to develop a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, and become successful entrepreneurs. Fellows are supported and equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in the global business environment. The fellowships have a focus on life science, health, food, biotechnology and biological sciences.

Fellowships are open to postgraduates, academic researchers and members of staff in eligible UK research organisations. Applicants can be hosted by a UK HEI or research institute. Applicants must demonstrate commercial and technical proof of concept, and be able to remain and work legally in the UK for the duration of the fellowship. Previous commercial and technical proof-of-concept, including BBSRC follow-on funding is highly recommended. Previous fellows may not apply.

Fellowships include up to £90,000 and in-kind support, and up to £10,000 of business support funding over one year. Fellows also receive expert training in entrepreneurship and access to mentorship from the society’s business fellows and other entrepreneurs in the business community.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

November 2019

Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 1st November 2019

The Smithsonian Institution invites applications for its fellowship programme. This enables graduate, predoctoral students, postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities or research interests of the institution and its staff and to utilise the resources of the institution. The following awards are available:

  • Graduate student fellowships – worth USD 7,500 each over 10 weeks, for currently enrolled graduate students who have completed at least one full semester or its equivalent or who have completed the graduate program within the past four months;
  • Predoctoral fellowships – each of which include a stipend of USD 36,000 per year and a research allowance of up to USD 4,000 for periods between three and 12 months, for enrolled PhD candidates;
  • Postdoctoral fellowships – each of which include a stipend of USD 50,400 per year plus a research allowance of up to USD 4,000 for periods between three and 12 months, for applicants who have completed their doctoral degree by the time the fellowship begins;
  • Senior fellowships – each of which include a stipend of USD 50,400 per year plus a research allowance of up to USD 4,000 for periods between three and 12 months, for applicants who have held a PhD or equivalent for at least seven years.

Past or current fellowship recipients are eligible to apply for another award. Applications are open to US and non-US citizens.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Fulbright Commission: Fulbright-Smithsonian Institute Scholar Award

Closing Date: 6th November 2019 (forecast)

The Fulbright Commission and the Smithsonian Institution invite applications for their scholar award. This enables UK academics or professionals to undertake independent postdoctoral research or study related to medicine and the Smithsonian’s collections, facilities or experts.

Applications are welcome from those whose research interests lie within medicine, biology, chemistry, social sciences and the humanities, as it applies to any aspect of medicine. Applicants should consider the merits of working with the suite of collections and facilities, not only at the Smithsonian’s Washington, DC National Mall locations, but all Smithsonian locations within the US.

The award is worth USD 5,000 per month for three months, and is intended as a contribution towards any institutional fees and accommodation and maintenance costs while in the US.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust: Ramsay Memorial Fellowship

Closing Date: 15th November 2019 (forecast)

The Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust invites nominations for its fellowship. This enables early-career postdoctoral chemists to initiate a programme of original and independent research in the UK.

Self-nominations are allowed. Nominees may have already some postdoctoral experience but must be in their early stages of their career. Fellowships are tenable at a university or other place of academic research within UK. Nominees are expected to hold a PhD, preferably at a university within the British Commonwealth or its equivalent. They must have submitted their PhD thesis by 31 December following the deadline. Preference is given to nominees who have been born within the Commonwealth and who have graduated with distinction in chemistry from a university within the Commonwealth.

The fellowship is normally tenable for two years, but can be exceptionally extended for a third year. The fellowship may be fully funded by the trust, but cosponsorship from a university department, industrial company or other relevant body is normally expected. Where co-sponsored, the trust will contribute 50 per cent of the fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £17,500 per year, with the balance of all other costs to be paid by the cosponsor. Also, a grant of up to £1,000 per year is available for research expenses.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.


  

American Museum of Natural History: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Closing Date: 15th November 2019 (forecast)

The American Museum of Natural History invites applications for its postdoctoral research fellowships. These advance the training of postdoctoral investigators by having them pursue a project in association with museum professionals in the museum setting. Research can be conducted in the following areas:

  • anthropology;

  • invertebrate zoology;

  • palaeontology;

  • physical sciences, including astrophysics and earth and planetary sciences;

  • vertebrate zoology.

Applicants must have received their degrees or submitted their dissertations before they can begin their appointments. There are no citizenship or geographic requirements to apply.

Successful applicants receive a salary, full medical insurance and other AMNH employee benefits. Limited relocation, research and publication support is provided. Appointments are typically made for up to two years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Lundbeck Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Denmark and Abroad

Closing Date: 27th November 2019 (forecast)

The Lundbeck Foundation invites applications for its postdoctoral grants in Denmark and abroad. These support researchers with original ideas for free and independent biomedical, clinical and health sciences research at Danish or international non-commercial research institutions. The proposed research must be within the fields of biomedical, clinical or health science, or must facilitate research within these fields. Postdoctoral projects may be fully based in Denmark at Danish non-commercial research institutions or be based at international non-commercial research institutions where the postdoctoral candidate is employed by a Danish research institution for the duration of the grant.

Applicants may be based in Denmark but planning to move abroad for a lengthy period, or be based abroad and planning to move to Denmark for a lengthy period, or based in Denmark and planning to stay in Denmark. Applicants must have obtained a PhD or be able to document that they are expected to gain their PhD within six months of the application deadline and must have obtained their PhD no more than four years ago. Applicants who wish to spend part or most of their time in international research groups are prioritised.

The budget is worth DKK 100 million and grants are worth DKK 800,000 each per year over between two or three years. If at least nine consecutive months are spent abroad, there is an additional grant worth DKK 75,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 

Opportunities with No Deadline

 

Opportunities with No Deadline

Call for Events: University of Birmingham Arts & Science Festival 2019-20

The seventh Arts & Science Festival will take place from June 2019, with a special programme running throughout the year in celebration of the University’s striking new parkland, the Green Heart. Arts & Science Festival will run alongside the Green Heart launch programme and align around four seasonal themes: celebration (summer); change (autumn); illumination (winter) and hope (spring). The programme will showcase culture, research and collaboration at the University and beyond through talks, concerts, exhibitions, performances, workshops, screenings and special events.

We are currently inviting individuals and departments from across campus to submit events – these may be events already scheduled to happen, or events developed and realized especially for the festival. All suitable submissions will be marketed as part of the festival programme, and included in online listings and printed publicity.

There is a small amount of funding available for events developed specifically for the festival that could not otherwise be realized without a financial contribution. We are looking to fund events that respond to the festival themes, explore the intersection between arts and sciences, and represent good value for money.

Should you wish to take part, please download and complete our event submission form and send it to us at artsandscience@contacts.bham.ac.uk. For further information or to discuss an idea, please email us at the same address.

 


 

Data PER Training

DataTree is a free online course with all you need to know for research data management, along with ways to engage and share data with business, policymakers, media and the wider public.  The self-paced training course will take 15 to 20 hours to complete in eight structured modules. The course is packed with video, quizzes and real-life examples of data management, along with valuable tips from experts in data management, data sharing and science communication.  The training course materials will be available for structured learning, but also to dip into for immediate problem solving.

The course is for researchers, scientists and anyone working with data.  The course is especially aimed at postgraduates, PhD students and early career researchers who want to learn research data management skills, but it is for anyone who wants to get the right data habits now, including thinking of end-users of your data.

Data Tree is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), delivered by the Institute for Environmental Analytics and Stats4SD and supported by the Institute of Physics.

For more information, see here.

 


 

Daphne Jackson Trust: Fellowships

No Deadline

The Daphne Jackson Trust invites applications for its fellowships. These aim to return scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists to their careers after a break of two or more years for family, caring or health reasons. Fellowships are normally undertaken on a part-time basis in a university or research establishment in the UK. They are flexible and include a tailored training programme and a challenging research project to update the skills and knowledge of the fellow, allowing them to return at the appropriate level to their career.

Applicants must be permanent UK residents, with a good first degree in a STEM discipline and at least three years in research or a PhD qualification prior to the career break. A good command of English and computer skills are expected, while postdoctoral experience and publications are an advantage.

Fellowships last for two years part-time and cover a salary, bench fees and consumables. Additionally, there is an extraordinary expense allowance of £1,500 per annum available which may be used for courses, travel to conferences and for personal computer equipment.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

EPSRC: Fellowships

No Deadline

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites applications for its fellowships. These aim to develop the next generation of researchers with the greatest potential across the postdoctoral, early and established career stages. Fellows develop their leadership by establishing or extending their research group and act as an advocate for the STEM disciplines in general and the EPSRC. Applications are invited only in specific research areas and it is expected that a greater proportion of fellows will be focused on areas where growth is required and where developing leaders can integrate their work into the wider landscape. 

Fellowships may be held at any UK university or higher education institution eligible for research council funding. Applicants should hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience but consideration is given to applicants who have taken a non-standard career path after their primary degree. There are no nationality restrictions.

Fellowships may last up to five years for early-career and established career researchers, or up to three years for postdoctoral researchers. Shorter fellowships that allow fellows the freedom to initially explore new research avenues are welcomed. Support covers salary, travel and subsistence, staff, visiting researchers, equipment, consumables, access to facilities and public communication training. Applicants can choose to spend anywhere between 50 per cent to 100 per cent full time equivalent on their fellowship.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

BBSRC: International Travel Award Scheme

No Deadline

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its international travel award scheme. This aims to help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by establishing new contacts with international counterparts. Eligible activities include:

•first contact type activities that require short-term travel support, such as travel outside the UK to initiate collaboration or prepare proposals with partners for international programmes;

•stays of up to one month in another country to visit specific facilities not available in the UK to undertake a particular piece of work, or gain access to new techniques or materials.

BBSRC-supported researchers, including research grant holders and researchers employed at institutes of the BBSRC, may apply. The application must be made by the PI, but it does not have to be the PI undertaking the travel. Students are not eligible.

Grants are worth up to £3,000 each, to cover travel and subsistence costs.

https://bbsrc.ukri.org/funding/filter/itas/

 


  

Institute of Physics: Carers’ Fund

The Institute of Physics invites applications for its carers fund. This enables members to attend physics-related meetings, events or conferences that they might not otherwise have been able to go to, due to caring responsibilities. Funding contributes to costs of additional care during the applicant’s absence.

Members may apply. Priority is given to those who have not previously received the award.

Each applicant may request up to £250 per calendar year. In any one year, a total of £2500 will be allocated between January and June and the same amount between July and December. Grants may be used for extending hours for a child-minder or care worker, babysitter costs, travel expenses for friends and relatives to look after dependants, after school activities, clubs or play-schemes, or additional medical, nursing or respite care.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Funding for Public Engagement Activities 


There are a number of funding pots currently open. Check the Public Engagement with Research funding blog pages for a list. In particular the Wellcome Trust offer a Public Engagement Fund enabling individuals and organisations to use creative approaches in engaging the public with health research. 

 

Public Engagement with Research manage the University’s own internal public engagement funding scheme, open to all staff and PGRs who carry out research as part of their role.  Visit the fund’s pages on the PER blog or contact engage@contacts.bham.ac.uk for more information.

 

 

Previous Opportunities from the Past Three Months

 

May 2019

Royal Society of Edinburgh: BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st May 2019 (forecast)

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, invites applications for its enterprise fellowships. These enable science and technology researchers to focus solely on refining their business ideas and develop into entrepreneurs. Fellowships may be conducted on any subject within the BBSRC remit, provided that the original research or technological developments draw substantially from the research that has been funded by BBSRC.

Academic and research staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduates with relevant experience may apply. PhD students must have submitted their thesis before the start of the fellowship. Fellowships must be undertaken within a UK HEI or similar academic institution, including research organisations in receipt of BBSRC funding.

Fellowships are tenable for one year and include salary support worth up to £37,000 plus national insurance and pension costs and allowance worth up to £10,000 to cover equipment, consultancy, legal costs and conference and trade show attendance. Fellows also receive expert training in entrepreneurship and access to mentorship from the society’s business fellows and other entrepreneurs in the business community.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Biochemical Society: General Travel Grants

Closing Date: 1st May 2019

The Biochemical Society invites applications for its general travel grants. These enable members to attend scientific meetings and present cases of high-quality research related to biochemistry.

Applicants must have been members of the society for at least 12 months standing. All postgraduate students may apply. The meeting must have a substantial biochemical content, and evidence of active participation in the meeting must be provided through an abstract.

Grants are usually worth between £200 and £500, although up to £750 may be provided in exceptional cases.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

UK Research and Innovation: Future Leaders Fellowships

Closing Date: 2nd May 2019

UK Research and Innovation invites applications for its future leaders fellowships. These enable early-career researchers and innovators to transition to or establish their research or innovation independence in any area supported by UKRI. The objectives of the scheme are to:

•develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK;

•foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic or business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors;

•provide sustained funding and resources for the best early-career researchers and innovators;

•provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

Applicants are expected to hold a doctorate by the start date of the fellowship or to be able to demonstrate equivalent research experience or training. Applicants may be from the UK or overseas. Senior academics are not eligible to apply. There are no restrictions on years since PhD or whether the applicant currently holds an academic position or job role. Applicants who have already demonstrated research independence, for example by securing funds aimed at the early career stage, are not eligible. Fellowships can be held at any UK-based organisation currently registered as eligible to apply to the research councils or Innovate UK, or at companies or other privately owned research organisations if suitable. Cross-sector and organisation links and research and innovation collaborations in the UK and internationally are encouraged.

Fellowships are tenable for up to seven years with a compulsory review in year four. Applications exceeding £1.2 million over the first four years must contact UKRI office staff prior to submission. Funding for host organisations depends on the organisation type. For academic institutions, funding will be at 80 per cent of the full economic cost of the fellowship.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

MRC: New Investigator Grant – Molecular and Cellular Medicine

Closing Date: 2nd May 2019

The Medical Research Council invites proposals for its new investigator research grant in molecular and cellular medicine. This supports researchers who are capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are ready to take the next step towards that goal within the areas of molecular and cellular medicine. Applicants are expected to combine their time with a portfolio of other activities, such as other research grants or clinical duties, teaching, administration duties, or other time spent in faculty. Research involving trials of clinical treatments is not supported.

Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate that their skills and experience at the time of their application match those of the transition to independence career stage. They must hold at least a graduate degree, and are usually expected to have a PhD or an MD. The research must be carried out at a UK HEI, independent research organisation, government-funded organisation, university unit, MRC unit or institute, or the Frances Crick institute. Applicants may hold a lecturer appointment, a junior fellowship, or be in another research staff position. Those who hold or have held early-career training fellowships are also eligible. Co-investigators are allowed.

Grants are tenable for three years and are usually given on the basis of 80 per cent of full economic costs of the research to the applicant’s institution.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

BBSRC: David Phillips Fellowships

Closing Date: 9th May 2019

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for the David Phillips fellowships. These support researchers who wish to establish their first independent research group in any area of science within the council’s remit, which includes research on plants, microbes, animals, and tools and technology underpinning biological research. Applications that are aligned to the council’s strategic priorities are particularly encouraged.

Applicants should hold a PhD but not hold, or have held, an open-ended academic position of lecturer level or equivalent. Those who have previously applied for a grant as a PI or co-investigator are therefore not eligible. They should have at least three years of active postdoctoral research experience prior to February 2019. Overseas researchers may apply but the host institution must be a UK-based university or BBSRC-sponsored institute.

Up to five fellowships per year are available. Each fellowship is worth up to £1 million at 80 per cent full economic cost over five years for personal salary costs and research support. The host institution should also make a substantial demonstration of support for the fellow, in terms of access to facilities and equipment, training and research costs.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

BBSRC: Discovery Fellowship

Closing Date: 9th May 2019

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its discovery fellowship. This enables early-career researchers to gain leadership skills by undertaking independent research in any area of science within the council’s remit, which includes research on plants, microbes, animals, and tools and technology underpinning biological research. Applications that address the council’s strategic priority areas are particularly encouraged.

Applicants should have a PhD, or be expecting to have passed their viva prior to 30 November 2019. They should have no more than five years of active postdoctoral research employment. Overseas researchers may apply but the host institution must be a UK-based university or BBSRC-sponsored institute.

Up to 10 fellowships, each worth up to £300,000 at 80 percent of full economic cost over three years, are available. Awards include personal salary as well as support for travel and subsistence, training activities and research consumables. The host institution should also make a substantial demonstration of support for the fellow, in terms of access to facilities and equipment, training and research costs.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



  

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences: Applications now Open

Closing Date: 10th May 2019

We are pleased to announce that the University of Birmingham (UoB) has once again been selected as a Hub for the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences and internal applications are now open for the Festival taking place 2nd - 9th November 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your social science research to a public audience including young people, businesses, and policy makers. You do not have to have previously been funded by the ESRC, but your event will need to include social science research.

Key details

This year, the University’s theme for the Festival will be ‘The future of…’, with applications being welcomed on events that fit the following topics:

  • The future of the workplace
  • The future of food and health
  • The future of education and leadership
  • The future of cities
  • The future of democracy
  • The future of the family

Applications can be made for sponsorship of up to £1000 to cover event costs, including venue hire and refreshments, but will not cover staff salary costs. Marketing, printing and stationery costs will be handled centrally.

Activities can take any format that you feel will create the biggest impact. Previous events have included film screenings, online events, debates, workshops, exhibitions, as well as hands-on activities. These do not need to take place at the University, they could for example be hosted by a school, museum or library, sports centre or even a local pub! Please click here for more details on last year’s Festival at UoB.

Please note that your event, if accepted, may be subject to changes and suggestions to encourage an interdisciplinary approach or to fit with the themes outlined above.

How to Apply

Please apply using the attached application form and submit directly to Beth Clewes, B.L.Clewes@bham.ac.uk 

All applications for events (both funded and unfunded) must be received by 10th May 2019, 5pm.

 


  

Institute of Photonic Sciences, ES: BIST Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 13th May 2019

The Institute of Photonic Sciences, together with seven other Catalan research centres, invites applications for the BIST postdoctoral fellowship programme. This supports fellows with the different stages of their career development, aiming to develop and foster their individual competences and help them become leading scientists. The programme provides training in entrepreneurial skills and technology transfer issues, such as industrial and intellectual property, industrial collaborations, spin-off development, and other related subjects. Applicants have complete research freedom but may subscribe to one or several generic research topics published with the calls. Proposals may address topics including physics, health and science and technology of light.

Applicants must not have spent more than one year of the prior three years in Spain. They should be no more than five years after receipt of their PhD and be the main author in at least one publication in an internationally reputed journal.

A total of 61 fellowships, worth €36,000 each per year for three years, are available. An additional payment of €1,500 is also provided in relocation support.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

April 2019

Royal Academy of Engineering: UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 1st April 2019

The Royal Academy of Engineering, in collaboration with the Government Office for Science, invites applications for the UK intelligence community postdoctoral research fellowship programme. This supports the promotion of unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community. The research will be conducted by postdoctoral researchers, working in partnership with university research advisors and collaborating with advisors from the intelligence community.  

Early-career researchers of any nationality, who have been awarded their PhD no more than five years prior to the closing date may apply. PhD students may apply, but must have completed their PhD before commencing the fellowship. Applicants may not hold a permanent academic position. Fellowships must be held at a UK HEI in a department that can show it is capable of fully supporting the research project and researcher.

Fellowships are worth up to £200,000 over two years. Fellowships may be extended for a third year.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology:  Wood-Whelan Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st April 2019

The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology invites applications for the Wood-Whelan research fellowships. These support young biochemists and molecular biologists in travelling to other laboratories to carry out experiments that require special techniques or for other forms of scientific collaboration or advanced training.

Applicants must be residents of a union member country, and should generally be graduate students or young researchers under 35 years of age.

Fellowships cover travel lasting one to four months up to a maximum of USD 4,000.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Society of Chemistry: Bursaries to attend the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry congress and general assembly

Closing Date: 1st April 2019

The Royal Society of Chemistry invites applications for its bursaries to attend the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry congress and general assembly. These enable early-career researchers to attend the IUPAC congress and general assembly in Paris, to be held from 5 to 12 July 2019. Funding enables scientists to present their work, establish international collaborations and gain knowledge of global research activities.

Applicants should be members of the society and resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland. They must either be a doctoral student or have obtained their PhD in the last five years. They should be intending to give either a poster or oral presentation at the congress.

Bursaries are worth up to £1,200 each to cover the cost of travel, registration and accommodation.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey: International Researchers Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 5th April 2019 (forecast)

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) invites applications for its international researchers fellowship programme. This enables PhD students and young postdoctoral researchers to pursue research in Turkey in the fields of natural sciences, engineering and technological sciences, medical sciences, agricultural sciences, social sciences and humanities. The aim is to promote Turkey’s scientific and technological collaboration with the countries of the prospective researchers.

Each applicant must be a non-Turkish citizen, and may not hold a dual citizenship with Turkey either. They should have an invitation from a university or research institute in Turkey. Applicants must be 35 years old or younger. PhD students must certify that they will be successful in their PhD thesis examination within the deadline of the application process. Postdoctoral applicants who hold a PhD degree from Turkey must have a GPA of at least 3.5 or 4.

Fellowships are available for a maximum of 12 months. Funding includes a monthly living allowance of up to TRY 2,500, travel costs worth up to TRY 2,250 and health insurance premiums worth up to TRY 70 per month.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Academy of Medical Sciences: Career Development Event - Remaining Resilient in Research

Thursday 11th April 2019 – Birmingham, venue TBC

Chaired by Professor Janet Lord FMedSci, Professor of Immune Cell Biology, University of Birmingham, and Director of the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research.

Remaining resilient in research is an important and often overlooked skill when navigating the research career pathway. As a response to this, we invite early career researchers from different disciplines and institutions across the midlands and elsewhere in the UK, to come together to discuss how to face the challenges, remain resilient and develop from these experiences through your career. This event will include:

Keynote: ‘Stronger: Rejection and Resilience in Academia’, Dr Eileen Parkes, Queen’s University Belfast

‘How to get funded’ grant workshop

A resilience forum led by an expert panel to discuss the hurdles of a research career

Mental Fitness Resilience Training delivered by an expert facilitator

Our Career Development events are for pre- and post-doctoral researchers in biomedicine and health, to give practical skills and the chance to network with colleagues.

This event is open to all and free but places are limited, please register to secure a place

 


 

Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Premium Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 11th April 2019

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences invites applications for its premium postdoctoral researcher fellowships. These support young investigators’ research in the sciences at a Hungarian scientific research centre.

Applicants must be under the age of 40 at the start date, within five years of obtaining a PhD and have experience in conducting research.

Fellowships are worth HUF 600,000 each per month over three years, with a funding commencement date of 1 September 2019.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



 

European Society for Evolutionary Biology: Congress attendance aid grant for women

Closing Date: 15th April 2019

The European Society for Evolutionary Biology invites applications for its congress attendance aid grant for women. This provides financial aid for female scientists to help with the additional costs borne privately due to responsibilities for dependants when attending the conference to be held in Turku, Finland.

Applicants must be ESEB members at any stage of their scientific career. Applicants must also present an oral communication or a poster at the meeting.

The grant is worth €250, in certain cases up to €500, and may cover childcare on site, childcare at home, extra care at home for dependants and extra travel costs for babysitter.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 17th April 2019

The Wellcome Trust invites preliminary applications for the Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships. These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to start independent research careers in high quality research environments. Candidates are expected to identify a biomedical or population health research question and to develop the proposal and their scientific independence so as to go on to lead their own independent research.

Applicants must be in the final year of their PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with some initial postdoctoral experience. They must be a UK or European Economic Area national or have a PhD from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. Applicants must also have an eligible sponsoring institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland to administer the grant for the full tenure and to offer a mentor, who holds an established post at the host organisation, to provide independent support and advice.

Fellowships include an award of £300,000 over four years on a full-time or part-time basis, covering the basic salary and a fellowship supplement of £2,500 per year for personal support.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Society of Edinburgh / BBSRC: BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 17th April 2019 (forecast)

The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invite applications for their enterprise fellowships. These enable science and technology researchers based in the UK to develop a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, and become successful entrepreneurs. Fellows are supported and equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in the global business environment. The fellowships have a focus on life science, health, food, biotechnology and biological sciences.

Fellowships are particularly relevant to postgraduates, academic researchers and members of staff in eligible UK research organisation. Applicants must demonstrate that they can remain and work legally in the UK for the duration of the fellowship. Previous commercial and technical proof-of-concept, including BBSRC follow-on funding is highly recommended. Previous fellows may not apply.

Fellowships include up to £90,000 and in-kind support, and up to £10,000 of business support funding over one year. Fellows also receive expert training in entrepreneurship and access to mentorship from the society’s business fellows and other entrepreneurs in the business community.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Microbiology Society: Microbiology in Society Award

Closing Date: 18th April 2019

The Microbiology Society invites applications for its microbiology in society award. This supports individuals or organisations for any education, outreach or public engagement work that promotes the art and science of microbiology. It should inspire and educate people about microbiology, and allow them to make informed decisions which recognise the importance of microbiology and its advances.

Applications are open to full, full concessionary and postgraduate student members based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Eligible projects should have a significant regional, national or international impact, and be delivered over a sustained period of time.

The award is worth up to £5,000.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research: Individual Grants for Future Research Leaders

Closing Date: 24th April 2019

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research invites applications for its individual grants for future research leaders. These aim to support young scientists in the fields of natural sciences, engineering and medicine, who have the potential and the ambition to become the future leaders of academic or industrial research in Sweden.

Scientists born in 1979 or later, from Sweden or abroad, may apply. Applicants must have obtained their PhD degree between 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014. Swedish applicants are encouraged to host their research at a Swedish department or group other than the one where their PhD was earned. Applicants currently working outside of Sweden must be prepared to work full-time at a Swedish research organisation.

Up to 20 grants, worth SEK 12 million each including overhead costs, are available for a five-year period. Grants are primarily intended for building research groups and up to 25 per cent of the funds may be used to cover the recipient's salary.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

MRC: Career Development Award

Closing Date: 25th April 2019

The Medical Research Council invites proposals for its career development award. This enables postdoctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from postdoctoral researcher to independent investigator. Proposals are encouraged across all areas of MRC’s remit, and they may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease, to translational and developmental clinical research. Also, additional jointly funded awards with a specific research focus are offered in collaboration with the following organisations:

•Multiple Sclerosis Society;

•Parkinson’s UK;

•Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health;

•Tuberous Sclerosis Association.

Applicants must hold a PhD or demonstrate sufficient research experience for the transition to independence career stage. There are no eligibility rules based on years of postdoctoral experience, and career breaks, flexible working and changes in discipline are taken into account. Applicants who require a visa to work in the UK will be eligible to be considered under the tier 1 visa route. Researchers proposing to continue research they are undertaking in their current position are not eligible.

Funding is provided for five years and it covers salary, support for research staff, consumables, travel costs and capital equipment. There is no limit for funding, and awards are made at the full economic costing framework. MRC encourages applicants to consider the funding for research outside the UK, at a second UK institution or within industry in order to establish collaborative networks or cross-sector development.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

MRC:  Opportunities to work in the research complex at Harwell – career development awards

Closing Date: 25th April 2019

The Medical Research Council invites proposals for its career development awards in support of scientists wishing to work in the research complex at Harwell. These enable postdoctoral researchers wishing to establish an independent research career to occupy space within the Research Complex at Harwell. Proposals may address any area of research within MRC’s scientific remit. Preference is given to researchers using Diamond Light Source or other facilities at the the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory site.

Applicants must hold a PhD or demonstrate sufficient research experience for the transition to independence career stage. Career breaks and changes in discipline are taken into account. Researchers working in RCaH are expected to be employed by a university or research institute. Applicants requiring a visa to work in the UK are considered under the tier 1 visa route and are subject to the standard Home Office criteria. Collaborations are encouraged.

Funding is provided at up to 80 per cent of the full economic cost of the research. Equipment requests are fund up to 100 per cent of the costs under the condition that the RCaH retains ownership of the equipment after the duration of grant support has ended. Proposals may address either short- or long-term visits.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 26th April 2019

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowship programme. This supports young postdoctoral investigators in conducting research in cooperation with host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions.

Applicants must be citizens of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan and hold a doctoral degree received on or after 2 April 2013, at the time when the fellowship begins, or be scheduled to receive one before the fellowship begins. Japanese citizens and permanent residents of Japan are not eligible. Individuals that have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS postdoctoral programme are also not eligible.

Fellowships have a duration of one to two years and provide airfare, a monthly maintenance allowance of JPY 362,000, a settling-in allowance of JPY 200,000 and travel insurance.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Enterprise Ireland: Career Development Fellowships in the National Technology Centre Programme

Closing Date: 30 April 2019 (forecast)

Enterprise Ireland invites applications for its Marie Skłodowska-Curie cofunded transnational Career-FIT programme. This enables experienced researchers to develop their careers in market focused applied research in Ireland’s Technology Centres.

Researchers from outside the Republic of Ireland in possession of a doctoral degree or at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience are eligible to apply.

Fellowships are worth €9,600 each for direct research, training and networking expenses. Each fellow will receive an annual salary of €56,191 or €61,608 with a family allowance. The duration of the fellowships is 36 months, including a 12 month enterprise secondment.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

National Research Foundation of South Africa: Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 30th April 2019

The National Research Foundation of South Africa, together with the Department of Science and Technology, invites applications for its freestanding postdoctoral fellowships. These aim to increase the number and quality of postdoctoral research fellows in South Africa, enable South African postdoctoral fellows to obtain international research exposure and to encourage international postdoctoral research fellows to undertake research in South Africa. Fellowships are available within the natural sciences, engineering, technology, social sciences and the humanities.

Applications are open to South African citizens or permanent residents as well as candidates from outside South Africa who wish to undertake postdoctoral research in South Africa. Applicants must have obtained their doctorate within five years of application. Applicants currently completing their doctoral dissertation may apply, however, should complete their degree by 31 December 2019 and awards must be taken up by 30 June 2020. Individuals applying for a second NRF postdoctoral research placement will be eligible if undertaking research on a new project. Applicants applying for a third research placement are not eligible. Full-time employees of higher education institutions may only apply if they intend to take unpaid leave for the duration of the fellowship. Fellowships may not be held simultaneously with another fellowship from any other government, NRF source or NRF administered source and the fellowship may not concurrently be held with any full-time salaried employment position. Fellows may spend up to 20 per cent of their time undertaking lecturing and student supervision.

Fellowships include a stipend of ZAR 155,000 per year for up to two years as well as ZAR 45,000 per year towards research expenses. The host institution is expected to contribute ZAR 15,000 per year. Fellows may also apply for a travel grant of up to ZAR 15,000 for local travel or up to ZAR 45,000 for travel abroad.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

National Research Foundation of South Africa: Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 30th April 2019

The National Research Foundation, together with the Department of Science and Technology, invites applications for its innovation postdoctoral fellowships. These aim to leverage innovation in universities and implement science and related skills development, implement equity and career growth opportunities and enable young scientists and professionals to access research opportunities in a university environment. The fellowships also aim to attract young scientists and professionals to complement senior researchers in innovation. Fellowships are available in:

  • biotechnology;
  • cellular and molecular biology;
  • engineering;
  • computer science;
  • physics;
  • astronomy;
  • mathematical sciences;
  • nanotechnology;
  • chemistry;
  • Earth science;
  • ecology;
  • medical sciences;
  • social sciences and humanities

Applications are open to South African citizens or permanent residents as well as candidates from the African continent and other countries, who wish to undertake postdoctoral research in South Africa. Applicants must have obtained their doctorate within five years of application. Applicants currently completing their doctoral dissertation may apply, however, should complete their degree by 31 December 2019 and awards must be taken up by 30 June 2020. Individuals applying for a second NRF postdoctoral research placement will be eligible if undertaking research on a new project. Applicants applying for a third research placement are not eligible. Full-time employees of higher education institutions may only apply if they intend to take unpaid leave for the duration of the fellowship. Fellowships may not be held simultaneously with another fellowship from any other government, NRF source or NRF administered source and the fellowship may not concurrently be held with any full-time salaried employment position. Fellows may spend up to 20 per cent of their time undertaking lecturing and student supervision.

Fellowships include a stipend of ZAR 255,000 per year for up to two years as well as ZAR 50,000 per year towards research expenses. The host institution is expected to contribute ZAR 15,000 per year. Fellows may also apply for a travel grant of up to ZAR 25,000 for local travel or up to ZAR 50,000 for travel abroad.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics: Alain Bensoussan Fellowships

Closing Date: 30th April 2019

The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics invites applications for the Alain Bensoussan fellowship programme. This enables early-career scientists to conduct research at leading European centres outside their own country. Research must align with the following topics: computer applications, computer systems organisation, computing methodologies, computing milieux, data, hardware, information systems, mathematics, mathematics of computing, software, theory of computation and other related disciplines.

Applicants must have obtained a PhD during the last eight years, or be in the last year of their thesis work, although the PhD degree must be completed before the start of the fellowship programme. Member institutes may not host a candidate of the same nationality. Candidates should not have worked at the institute they are applying to for six months or more during the last three years. Scientists in industry are also encouraged to apply.

Fellowships last for one year and each fellow receives a monthly allowance of between €1,250 and €3,740, depending on the host country, and is reimbursed for travel expenses. Fellows must spend at least one week visiting another ERCIM member institute.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Akademie Schloss Solitude: Fellowship

Closing Date: 30th April 2019

The Akademie Schloss Solitude invites applications for its fellowship. This enables international artists, scientists, scholars and business representatives to attend the Akademie Schloss Solitude to devote themselves to their research projects. Two programmes are supported:

•residence programme;

•interdisciplinary thematic call – this supports a group of seven fellows in jointly investigating DNA mutations as a subject to be explored from intertwining points of view, both scientifically and artistically, for which artists from non-western knowledge backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants in the disciplines of architecture, visual arts, performing arts, design, literature, music, media, digital art, gaming, digital journalism, digital publishing, language, education, mediation, theory and humanities, social, natural and economic sciences may apply. Candidates must be 40 years old or younger. Applications from students enrolled in degree programmes are not eligible, but PhD students may apply. Groups of artists may apply. All fellows must have their permanent residence in Stuttgart for the fellowship’s duration.

Fellowships include a grant of €1,200 per month for six to 12 months in addition to working facilities, accommodation and travel expenses. Up to 65 fellowships are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

March 2019

Douglas Bromford Trust: Project Grants over £1,500

Closing Date: 1st March 2019

The Douglas Bomford Trust invites applications for project grants over £1,500. These aim to advance knowledge, understanding, practice, competence and capability in the application of engineering and physical sciences to agriculture, horticulture, forestry, amenity and allied land-based and biological activities, for the sustainable benefit of the environment and mankind. Grants enable candidates to pursue:

•education, training, research and knowledge transfer;

•innovation and the application of science and technology with respect to the design, development, evaluation and construction of machines, systems and techniques;

•travel to acquire or disseminate knowledge;

•development and maintenance of professional competencies;

•development or acquisition of new skills, techniques and capabilities.

Individuals must have a connection with the UK, either through nationality, residency, or place of learning or registration. Organisations must have charitable status or aim to use the funding for charitable purposes.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Society of Biology: Travel Grants for Early Career Members

Closing Date: 1st March 2019

The Royal Society of Biology invites applications for its travel grants for early-career members. These enable early career members to conducted biology-related projects abroad or travel to overseas conferences where they are presenting a talk or poster. Applicants may also use the award to attract additional funding.

MRSB members from anywhere in the world in the early stages of their research careers, with up to 10 years in paid employment, may apply. Non-members may apply providing they have submitted a paid membership application for the MRSB grade of membership. Previous recipients of the grant may not reapply. Travel must take place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.

A total of five grants, worth £500 each, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Institute of Physics: Early Career Researchers Fund

Closing Date: 1st March 2019

The Institute of Physics invite applications for their early career researchers fund. This enables early-career researchers to attend international meetings and visit international facilities. It aims to broaden their professional development and maximise their potential.

Early-career researchers who are within three years of beginning their first paid contract of employment in industry or academia, either full-time or part-time, where research or the application of physics is the primary function of their role. This excludes any career breaks. Eligible applicants must be a member of the Institute and at least one of its special interest groups.

Bursaries are worth up to £300.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel: Blaustein Postdoctoral Fellowship

Closing Date: 3rd March 2019 

The Ben Gurion University of the Negev's Jacob Blaustein Center for Scientific Cooperation invites applications for the Blaustein postdoctoral fellowship. This supports postdoctoral research at the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research on topics related to drylands, including desert ecology, solar energy, environmental physics, architecture and urban planning, rainfed and irrigated agriculture, hydrology, aquaculture, environmental microbiology, desalination and water treatment and biotechnology.

Scientists throughout the world who have received their PhD within the last five years may apply. Those who received their PhD at BGU are ineligible.

The fellowship is worth approximately USD 25,000 for a duration of one year with a possibility to renew for second year. Exceptional candidates may be awarded an additional fellowship worth approximately USD 27,000 and including a return air ticket and housing.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities: Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers in Israel

Closing Date: 3rd March 2019

The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowships for foreign researchers in Israel. This enables scholars in the fields of natural sciences, exact sciences, medicine, life sciences and engineering to join a research laboratory in Israel for two years. The aim is to leverage international collaboration, strengthen Israel's leading laboratories, further the scholar’s own professional and personal ties with researchers at the outset of their careers and create fruitful collaboration for future research.

Candidates must be non-Israeli citizens who are residing outside of Israel at the time of submission, and should be in Israel for no more than three months at the start of the fellowship. They must be within four years of obtaining their PhD at the time of application. Nominators must be university rectors, who may propose up to five candidates each.

Fellowships are worth USD 45,000 per year for two years. Half of the funds are provided by the IASH and half by the hosting university.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research): Senior Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 4th March 2019

CERN invites applications for its senior fellowship programme. This enables researchers working in applied sciences, computing or engineering to spend time working in a research group at CERN.

Applicants must hold a PhD or have between four and 10 years of experience following their MSc. They must be nationals of CERN member or associate member states, although a limited number of fellowships are also available for nationals of non-member states.

Stipends are worth between CHF 7,113 and CHF 8,078 per month for six to 36 months. Fellowships may also cover travel and insurance.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research): Senior Fellowships in Theoretical and Experimental Physics

Closing Date: 4th March 2019

CERN invites applications for its senior research fellowships in theoretical and experimental physics. These enable researchers working in theoretical and experimental physics to spend time working in a research group at CERN.

Applicants must hold a PhD in particle physics or have between four and 10 years of experience following their master’s. They must be nationals of CERN member or associate states, although a limited number of fellowships are also available for nationals of non-member states. Staff members at CERN may not apply.

Stipends are worth between CHF 7,113 and CHF 8,078 per month for six to 36 months. An installation grant, family, child and infant allowances and travel expenses to and from Geneva may also be attributed, depending on circumstances.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

  


 

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research): Senior Post-Career Break Fellowship

Closing Date: 4th March 2019

CERN invites applications for its senior post-career break fellowship. This enables science and engineering graduates to restart their careers after taking time out for personal reasons.

Applications are invited from candidates with a senior profile. Senior applicants must have a master’s-level diploma or PhD with between four and 10 years relevant experience after the MSc. Those applying in experimental or theoretical physics must have a PhD, or be about to finish their thesis. Applicants should have been on a career break for personal reasons such as family or caring responsibilities or health issues for the last two years.

Full-time and part-time fellowships are available for between six and 36 months. Funding includes a stipend worth between CHF 5,185 and CHF 7,994 per month and covers insurance, travel expenses, family allowances and leave.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

University of Birmingham: Public Engagement with Research Light of Understanding Award

Closing Date: 5th March 2019

The Light of Understanding is our new Institutional Award to recognise individuals and groups who are carrying out amazing public engagement work. After long consideration, we named the Award from a quote by Sir Peter Medawar, Nobel Laureate and Alumnus of University of Birmingham, who was also a pioneer of research communication and storytelling. We wanted to create an Award that not only rewards brilliant work, but catalyses more activity and acts as a beacon to be passed to other researchers. Therefore, winners of the Light of Understanding are rewarded with a grant of £2,000 to spend on further public engagement activity that helps spread their good practice to other researchers.

All research-active staff are eligible and group submissions are acceptable, though we have a separate scheme to recognise PGRs. Nominations can be made by anyone and self-nominations are acceptable. Applications should demonstrate not only a body of good public engagement, but should take care to stipulate where and why the work is of excellent quality. Deadline for 2019 nominations is 5th March with winner(s) to be decided by the Public Engagement Committee and presented by Prof Alice Roberts at our PER Day conference, on 5th April, 2019.

Apply now! Simply complete this application form and return it to PER Team.

 


 

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 8th March 2019

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Leibniz Association invite applications for their research fellowships. These enable international postdoctoral researchers to conduct research at one of the Leibniz institutes in Germany.

Each applicant must have completed their PhD studies or equivalent no more than two years previously and should have an excellent knowledge of English. Applicants should not be German nationals, nor should they have resided in Germany for more than six months prior to applying.

Grants provide a monthly instalment of €2,000, insurance and a research allowance of €460 per year, over one year. A two-month German language course may also be funded.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.


 

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 13th March 2019 (Forecast)

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Royal Society invite applications for their postdoctoral fellowship programme. This enables young postdoctoral researchers from the UK to conduct cooperative research with research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. Research must address a subject within the natural sciences.

Applicants must have received their doctoral degree within six years prior to 1 April 2018 and must be UK or EU citizens resident in the UK. Host researchers in Japan must be employed full-time at a university, inter-university research institute, research institute or scientific research corporation.

Fellowships are tenable for one to two years and provide subsistence worth ¥362,000 per month, a settling-in allowance of ¥200,000, a return air ticket and insurance. Japanese hosts may also apply for a research grant worth up to ¥1.5 million per year.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Society International Exchanges

Closing Date: 13th March 2019

 The International Exchanges Scheme is designed to offer a flexible platform for UK based scientists to interact with the best scientists around the world. Funds for a contribution towards travel, subsistence and research expenses can be requested for either a one-off short visit to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations. This scheme is not intended to support continued research activities between a UK applicant and a co-applicant who was a former colleague or PhD student or to support other existing or recent collaborations between the applicant and co-applicant. Rather, the scheme is intended to stimulate new collaborations between scientists in the UK and overseas.

The schemes are not intended to support continued research between a UK applicant and co-applicant who was a former colleague or PhD student or to support other existing or recent collaborations between the applicant and co-applicant.

All activities must be on a subject within the natural sciences, including: physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, agricultural, biological and medical research, geography and experimental psychology. The Royal Society does not cover social science, clinical or patient-oriented research.

You can apply for this scheme if both you and the overseas co-applicant:

  • hold a PhD or equivalent research experience
  • hold a fixed or permanent contract at an eligible organisation for the duration of the project (ineligible organisations include industrial, private and commercial organisations, university spin-out companies and government bodies)
  • are based in the respective countries at the time of the application

Collaborations should be based on a single project and travel can only take place between the UK and a country where the overseas collaborator is based. In the case of cost share applications, a relationship between both parties should already be established prior to making an application.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

University of Birmingham: Developing as an Independent Academic Researcher – Funding Available for EPS Postdocs

Closing Date: 15th March 2019

In association with the University's project in the EPSRC "Inclusion Matters" programme (https://epsrc.ukri.org/newsevents/news/inclusionmatters/) the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences are offering funding extensions of 3 months each to post-docs who wish to help establish themselves as independent researchers, and explore the next steps in an academic career. These opportunities are particularly aimed at those from under-represented groups. The time provided should be used to enhance your academic research career, for example by writing a personal fellowship proposal, establishing research networks in industry, writing papers that help establish your own independent line of research.  We particularly encourage you to think about the value of placements in industry that might support your research. You will be appointed a mentor (a senior member of your School) to provide advice and guidance during this time.

To be considered for a 3-month extension to your contract under this scheme, please email Mani Bhesania (M.Bhesania@bham.ac.uk) by 15th March 2019 with the following information:

  • your name and School

  • a brief description of your research area

  • summary of your career status and future aspirations

  • why you consider yourself to be from an under-represented group

  • what you plan to use the 3 month period for (Note that the 3 months will need to be taken before the end of 2019)

  • any external organisations (e.g. industry placements) or collaborators that would be involved

  • when you would plan to take the three month extension

  • emails from your current project supervisor and Head of School/Department giving their support

Expressions of interest will be considered by a College Panel, and we will inform people of the outcome as soon as possible.

Please note this opportunity is available to postdocs in EPS only.

 


 

Foulkes Foundation: Fellowships

Closing Date: 15th March 2019 (forecast)

The Foulkes Foundation invites applications for its fellowships. These support recently qualified scientists and medical graduates who intend to contribute to medical research.

Applicants with science degrees wishing to study medicine should indicate in what way the possession of a medical qualification will assist them in their subsequent career. Similarly, medically qualified applicants wishing to take a postdoctoral degree in science should indicate how this will assist them in their future career. Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent degree, and those who are likely to make use of recent developments in molecular biology, biological sciences and biotechnology are preferred. Fellowships are tenable in the UK only.

The size of the fellowship depends on the circumstances of the applicant and is intended to cover personal maintenance only, not fees, salaries or research grants. Fellowship are awarded for up to three years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Institute of Engineering and Technology: Travel Awards

Closing Date: 20th March 2019

The Institution of Engineering and Technology invites applications for its travel awards. These support individuals in presenting a paper at a conference around the world, or by participating in international research visits or projects.

Applicants must have been members of the institution for a minimum of one year at the date of application. They can be based anywhere in the world.

A total of two awards, worth up to £500, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

British Academy: CONFAB / Newton Young Investigator Awards for UK Researchers in Brazil

Closing Date: 25th March 2019

The Brazilian State Funding Agencies, articulated by its National Council (CONFAP), the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy and the Newton Fund invite proposals for their young investigator awards for UK researchers in Brazil. These enable UK researchers to develop the strengths and capabilities of their research groups through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with partners in research groups in Brazil.

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent title and typically have two to five years’ postdoctoral experience in a research group in the UK. In addition, applicants must have a Brazilian-based collaborator as a co-applicant. Researchers may be from the natural sciences, engineering, medical sciences, including clinical and patient-oriented research, and social sciences and humanities.

Awards cover the following expenses:

•equipment, consumables, services and travel for a four-year research project;

•a monthly scholarship of BRL 8,152 for a maximum period of four years, or until the candidate obtains a permanent position at the chosen university or research institute in the State of São Paulo;

•a quota of scholarships for undergraduates, MSc and direct doctorate scholarships for graduate students to be selected and supervised by the young investigator;

•funding equal to the value of 15 per cent as overhead costs to cover non-anticipated expenses such as travel and visitors, and an additional 10 per cent for institutional overhead costs.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Science Media Centre: Introduction to the News Media

Event Date: 27th March 2019

University of Strathclyde in Glasgow city centre (16 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ), from 1pm to 5pm.

Science has never been as prominent in the news as it is today – from statins to fracking, genome editing to diet, and antidepressants to drones.  It is paramount that these issues are communicated correctly and that evidence has its say.  We have some excellent science journalists in the UK, but the news stories will never be covered as accurately as we want them to be without the direct involvement of the experts themselves.  At the Science Media Centre we spend a lot of time putting scientists and journalists in touch when science hits the headlines, and experts like you are often in great demand.

This event is a beginner’s guide to the media, giving an insight into the way the news media works.  You will hear from media-experienced scientists, news journalists, science correspondents and press officers about the realities of the news media.  Topics include:

  • how and why scientists and journalists should engage with each other

  • how journalists find stories

  • top tips for dealing with the media

  • the role of the press officer

  • the role of the news editor

The event will be divided up into two sessions with a tea break, and we’ll finish off over a glass of wine and the opportunity to network informally with your peers.  Lunch will not be provided.

Register your interest

If you’d like to attend, please send your full name, job title, institution, institutional e-mail address and phone number to introduction@sciencemediacentre.org and we will send you confirmation, the programme and more information in due course.

Places are limited and we are looking for scientists at least part way into their careers – so it’s not aimed at students.

Please do not request a place unless you are sure you can make the date and it is in your diary.  Please also direct any queries to introduction@sciencemediacentre.org

 


 

Royal Society of Chemistry: Alan Tetlow Memorial Bursary

Closing Date: 31st March 2019

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Water Science Forum invites applications for the Alan Tetlow memorial bursary. This enables early-career chemists to develop their professional career. Activities may include:

•attending and presenting at conferences;

•attending research meetings;

•visiting UK or international laboratories;

•completing training courses;

•assisting in research relating to water science projects.

Applicants must be in the first 10 years of their career or returning to work after a career break. They must be members of the society and preferably members of the forum.

Each bursary is worth up to £2,000 to cover up to 50 per cent of the agreed cost.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage

 


 

Rosetrees Trust: Young Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 31st March 2019

Rosetrees Trust invites applications for its young enterprise fellowships. These support recently qualified postdoctoral researchers primarily in the fields of engineering, computer science, maths and physics who wish to develop a long-term programme of biomedical research within a UK university. Projects should be truly innovative rather than an extension of current research. The fellow’s skills should be applied to address an important unmet clinical problem, to develop scientific independence and establish new collaborations across disciplines in the field.

Applicants must either be in the final year of PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with up to three years postdoctoral experience. They must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or be in receipt of another stipendiary fellowship. All candidates must hold a doctorate by the time they take up the fellowship. The host institution must be a UK university. Applicants are expected to move to a new institution and department, however, may stay at their current institution if they can demonstrate that an innovative programme of research can be delivered.

Awards are worth up to £60,000 per year for three years for salary and other research expenses.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Society for Experimental Biology: Travel Grants

Closing Date: 31st March 2019

The Society for Experimental Biology, with the support of the Company of Biologists, invites applications for its travel grants. These support biologist who wish to attend a conference, workshop or gain research experience in the UK or abroad.

Applicants must be students or early career scientists and must be in the second consecutive year of membership or apply for a multi-year membership when joining.

Grants are worth up to £250 each for home country travel and £500 each for overseas travel. Only one person per laboratory may apply for an overseas visit.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.