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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.


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.

February 2020

UKRI: Future Leaders Fellowships

EPS and LES internal deadline: 09 Feb 20

As the host RO is expected to provide a high level of commitment, we will be running an internal selection process to ensure that the most competitive applicants are put forward.

Internal Process for EPS

Confirm Head of School support, and contact the Research Facilitator in your School for grant development support a.s.a.p. All supported applicants are expected to also work with an academic mentor, identified by the School, in the development of their proposals.

Completed, 1) 2 page CV, 2) 4 page Internal Outline Case for Support (templates for both attached), and, 3) an outline cost (Excel or Word) to be sent to your EPS Research Development Manager, Iwona Spill (i.spill@bham.ac.uk) by 9th February 2020. Match funding equipment requests and other required resources (e.g. laboratory space) should be identified at this stage.

Internal process for LES

You will need to complete the following internal documents:

Please note that it is mandatory that applicants contact their Head of School and seek their approval to apply. The HoS will need to indicate their approval on the CfS form.

For further information and supporting documents about the internal processes please contact the EPS Research Support Office or the LES Research Support Office.

 


 

Lindemann Trust: Fellowships

Closing Date: 11th February 2020 (forecast)

These fellowships enable postdoctoral scientists to produce original research in the applied sciences and to carry out research at a host institution in the US. Up to three one-year fellowships, worth USD 50,000 each, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP: ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Closing Date: 11 Feb 20

Seven ESRC funded Postdoctoral Fellowships, at least one of which must be aligned with the Industrial Strategy, to be based at one of our partner institutions: Aston University, the University of Birmingham, the University of Leicester, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

AXA: Research Fellowship

Internal deadline: 12 Feb 20

AXA Fellowships aim at supporting promising researchers (max. PhD+5 years2 ) on a topic aligned with AXA’s priorities and societal challenges. The support of the AXA Research Fund should be transformative for the researcher and the advancement of their field.

Interested candidates should a 1 page summary of their research programme, along with a CV, to Louisa Day.

 


 

European Institute of Innovation and Technology: Food innovator fellowship

Closing date: 15 Feb 20 (Forecast)

This fellowship fosters innovators who are ready to respond to global food challenges and allows them to transform a lab-idea into a business idea.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

European Association for the Study of Diabetes: Rising Star fellowship programme

Closing date: 17 Feb 20

The aim is to identify young researchers who are developing their research activities in Europe and encourage innovative research in the field of diabetes. Four fellowships are available, each worth €30,000.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Royal Academy of Engineering: Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 19th February 2020

These support entrepreneurial engineers who have demonstrated innovation in engineering and want to develop this further. The programme focuses on equipping the awardee with the confidence, skills, experience and network of expert advisors necessary to enable them to develop their innovation. Funding is available for researchers wishing to spinout a company from a university or research institute, recent graduates wishing to create a company, and international PhD students based in the UK, wishing to spin out or start up.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Geologists’ Association: Curry fund

Closing date: 20 Feb 20

This supports initiatives within geology which might otherwise not be possible, to encourage innovation, and to help a wider public understand and enjoy geology. Grants are normally worth between £100 and £3,000.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Science Foundation Ireland: ELITE-S fellowships

Closing date: 20 Feb 20

These support researchers in conductng fellowships in technology and standards development for the European Commission standardisation priority areas of 5G, internet of things, cloud computing, cybersecurity and data technologies. The fellowship is for a period of two years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

London Mathematical Society: Early-career travel grants

Closing date: 22 Feb 20

These provide partial support for UK-based early-career researchers to attend conferences or undertake research visits in either UK or overseas. Grants are worth up to £500 each.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies: Klaus Töpfer sustainability fellowship

Closing date: 24 Feb 20

This enables young early- to mid-career professionals to spend one year at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Germany to conduct research on sustainable development that builds bridges between science, politics and society.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Leverhulme Trust: Early Career Fellowships

Closing Date: 27th February 2020

These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. The fellowship covers 50 per cent of salary costs as well as other research expenses over three years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Gen Foundation: Grants

Closing date: 28 Feb 20

These support students or researchers undertaking research in natural sciences, particularly food sciences and technology.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Singapore National Research Foundation fellowships

Closing date: 28 Feb 20

This enables early-career researchers to carry out independent research in Singapore in any discipline related to science or technology. Fellowships are worth up to SGD 3 million each over five years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

National University of Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew postdoctoral fellowship

Closing date: 28 Feb 20

This promotes the development of young academics in science, medicine and engineering. The fellowship is tenable for three years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

BBSRC: Secondment bursary for early-career researchers

Closing date: 28 Feb 20

This facilitates secondment of UK-based members to another academic laboratory or to industry for the purpose of learning new techniques, acquiring new skills or carrying out a piece of work not possible in their laboratory. Grants are worth up to £3,000 for secondments of up to two months.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Islamic Development Bank: PhD and postdoctoral research scholarship programme

Closing date: 28 Feb 20

This enables scholars and researchers to undertake PhD studies and postdoctoral research in development-related fields, with a particular focus on sustainability science.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Sakari Alhopuro Foundation: Medical and environmental sciences grants

Closing date: 29 Feb 20

These support research in the fields of medicine, environmental sciences, biodiversity and environmental conservation. Grants are worth up to €60,000 each.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

PER: Light of Understanding Awards

Closing Date: 29 Feb 20

If you or someone you know at UoB has been doing amazing public engagement please submit a nomination for the Light of Understanding Award for Excellence in Public Engagement. Any individual or team engaging the public with UoB research in innovative and creative ways is eligible and the winner(s) receives £2,000 to further their good practice.

Find out more and make a nomination here

 


 

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute: Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing travel award

Closing date: 29 Feb 20

This supports a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow in attending a conference relating to manufacturing and materials processing. The award is worth CHF 800.

Link to *Research Professional

March 2020

Academy of Natural Sciences, US: Jessup and McHenry awards

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

These support students wishing to conduct studies at the postgraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral level under the supervision or sponsorship of a member of the curatorial staff at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Awards have a duration of between two and 16 weeks.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Federation of European Microbiological Societies: Meeting attendance grants

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

These enable early-career scientists working in Europe to attend microbiology meetings that are not supported by a Federation of European Microbiological Societies meetings grant. Grants are worth between €250 and €600 each.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Royal Society of Biology: Travel grants for student affiliate and associate members

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

These enable student affiliate and associate members to conducted biology-related projects abroad or travel to overseas conferences. Five grants, worth £500 each, are available.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Royal Society of Biology: Travel grants for early-career members

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

These enable early career members to conducted biology-related projects abroad or travel to overseas conferences where they are presenting a talk or poster. A total of five grants, worth £500 each, are available.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Institute of Physics: Early career researchers fund

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

This enables early-career researchers to attend international meetings and visit international facilities related to a group of which they are a member. Bursaries are worth up to £300.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking: Best PhD thesis in applied sciences and engineering for aeronautics awards

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

These recognise PhD theses in scientific fields related to aeronautics by young persons at the start of their scientific careers. Three finalists will have their travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses reimbursed to attend the award ceremony.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research): Post-career break fellowship

Closing date: 02 Mar 20

This enables science and engineering graduates to restart their careers after taking time out for personal reasons and work in an international environment at the forefront of research. Fellowships are worth up to CHF 8,143 per month for between six and 36 months.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research): Senior research fellowships in theoretical and experimental physics

Closing date: 02 Mar 20

These enable researchers working in theoretical and experimental physics to spend time working in a research group at CERN. Stipends are worth up to CHF 8,143 per month for six to 36 months.

Link to *Research Professional             

 


 

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research): Post-career break fellowship

Closing date: 02 Mar 20  (Forecast)

This enables science and engineering graduates to restart their careers after taking time out for personal reasons. Fellowships are worth up to CHF 8,078 per month for up to three years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research): Senior research fellowships in theoretical and experimental physics

Closing date: 02 Mar 20  (Forecast)

These enable researchers working in theoretical and experimental physics to spend time working in a research group at CERN. Stipends are worth up to CHF 8,078 per month for six to 36 months.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Closing Date: 2nd March 2020

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.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

HGF: IP in Healthcare Conference

Tuesday 3rd March 2020 – Alderley Park, Manchester
Thursday 12th March 2020 – Barber-Surgeons Hall, London

HGF's sixth annual IP in Healthcare Conference reviews the latest intellectual property issues in the pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medical devices sectors.

To register visit the conference registration page.

 


 

Federation of European Biochemical Societies: Congress bursaries

Closing date: 05 Mar 20

These enable early-career researchers to attend the federation’s annual congress. Bursaries are worth up to €650 each.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Royal Society: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral fellowship programme

Closing date: 13 Mar 20  (Forecast)

This programme enables young postdoctoral researchers from the UK to conduct cooperative research with research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. Fellowships are tenable over two years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Foulkes Foundation: Fellowships

Closing date: 15 Mar 20  (Forecast)

These support recently qualified scientists and medical graduates who intend to contribute to medical research. Fellowships cover personal maintenance for up to three years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Psychonomic Society: Early-career award

Closing date: 15 Mar 20

This recognises young scientists who have made significant contributions to scientific psychology. Up to four awards of USD 2,500 each will be awarded.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

STFC: Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement

Closing Date: 19th March 2020

This enables researchers in an STFC-funded area of science and technology to deliver a prolonged, thematic programme of public engagement at an institution, covering multiple different events and activities. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Guarantors of Brain: Non-clinical postdoctoral fellowships

Closing date: 20 Mar 20

These provide salary support to non-clinical postdoctoral researchers who are working in a clinical neuroscience setting and wish to bring basic science approaches to bear on key problems in clinical neuroscience.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

British Science Association: Media fellowships

Closing date: 25 Mar 20  (Forecast)

These fellowships enable practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend two to six weeks working at a media outlet. Up to fifteen fellows are selected each year, with support of up to £1,000 provided for placement costs.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

UKRI: Landscape Decisions Fellowship

Closing Date: 26 March 20

This is a four-year multidisciplinary programme. All fellowships will be in the area of landscape decision-making and may be in the form of: Research Synthesis Fellowships, Research Translation Fellowships, Community Engagement Research Fellowships.

There is £1 million available for this call, from which UKRI expect to fund at least 4 -5 fellows, which can be either full or part time.

Please see this Announcement of Opportunity for full details of the call.

 


 

Alzheimer's Society: Junior fellowships

Closing date: 27 Mar 20

These support postdoctoral researchers who have shown promise at the start of their research career and have demonstrated a potential to be independent dementia researchers. Fellowships are worth up to £225,000 each over three years full-time or four years part-time.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology: Young plant scientist

Closing date: 28 Mar 20

This recognises young scientists in the field of plant biology at the Plant Biology Europe 2020 congress. Two awards, worth €2,000 each, are available to cover travel, registration and accommodation at the congress.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining: Mining club award

Closing date: 31 Mar 20

This supports travel by young British individuals who are actively engaged in the minerals industry. The award is worth up to £1,500.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

AVS Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces and Processing: Peter Mark memorial award

Closing date: 31 Mar 20  (Forecast)

This recognises a young scientist or engineer who has contributed theoretical or experimental work. The award comprises a cash prize, a plaque, an honorary lectureship and reimbursement of travel expenses to the meeting where the award is presented.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

International Astronomical Union: Gruber Foundation fellowship programme

Closing date: 31 Mar 20

This aims to promote the science of cosmology and other branches of astronomy. The fellowship is worth USD 50,000 for one year.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Rosetrees Trust: 2020 Enterprise Fellowships

Closing date: 31 Mar 20

Aimed specifically at recently qualified postdoctoral researchers primarily in the fields of engineering, physical sciences, maths and computer science, who wish to develop a long-term programme of biomedical research.  Awards of up to £180,000 over three years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.  Please inform Louisa Day if you intend to apply to this scheme. Louisa can also provide support with the application process.

April 2020

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Wood-Whelan research fellowships

Closing date: 01 Apr 20

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. Fellowships are worth up to USD 4,000 for between one and four months.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Royal Society of Edinburgh: Enterprise Fellowships

Closing date: 3 April 20

The RSE Enterprise Fellowship is a leading, UK-wide business development and training programme for the higher education sector; enabling researchers to develop into world-class entrepreneurs.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Academy of Engineering: UK intelligence community postdoctoral research fellowships

Closing date: 06 Apr 20

These support the promotion of unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community. Fellowships are worth up to £200,000 over two years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund: Intermediate research fellowships

Closing date: 08 Apr 20

These aim to facilitate the careers of biomedical scientists by allowing them to gain experience in an international centre of excellence prior to establishing an independent research group of their own. The fellowship is tenable for up to four years, and supports salary costs.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Premium postdoctoral researcher fellowships

Closing date: 11 Apr 20  (Forecast)

These support young investigators’ research in the sciences at a Hungarian scientific research centre. Fellowships are worth HUF 600,000 per month each over three years, with a funding commencement date of 1 September 2019.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis: PKU-IIASA international postdoctoral fellowship programme

Closing date: 13 Apr 20

This enables early-career postdoctoral researchers to carry out research in fields of mutual interest at both PKU and IIASA.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Wellcome: Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships

Closing date: 15 Apr 20

These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to start independent research careers in high quality research environments. Fellowships are worth up to £300,000 over four years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Medical Research Council: Career development award

Closing date: 22 Apr 20

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. There is no limit for funding that can be requested over the five-year period.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

National Geographic Society: Early-career grant

Closing date: 22 Apr 20

This enables less experienced individuals to lead research, conservation, education, storytelling or technology projects. Grants are typically worth between USD 5,000 and USD 10,000 for a maximum period of one year.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

European Meteorological Society: EMS young scientist award

Closing date: 30 Apr 20  (Forecast)

This award recognises performance in terms of scientific publications or presentations during the early stages of a scientific career. The award includes a cash prize of €1,000.

Link to *Research Professional

May 2020

Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Dale fellowships

Closing date: 12 May 20

These support postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups addressing an important research question within their scientific remit. Fellowships are tenable for five years.

Link to *Research Professional

June 2020

Royal Society: Kan Tong Po visiting fellowships

Closing date: 03 Jun 20

These enable UK- or US-based scientists to collaborate with Hong Kong-based academics, or Hong Kong-based scientists to collaborate with academics in the UK or US.

Link to *Research Professional

 

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/

 


 

ESRC New Investigator Grants

No Deadline

The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.

For more information visit the ESRC Research Grants webpage.

 


  

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.

 


  

Fellowships for visiting researchers

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

These enable researchers to spend up to two months at the institute to undertake their own research whilst also participating in research and teaching programmes at AIMS.

Closing date: None

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

British Society for Developmental Biology: Childcare grants

Closing date: None

These help offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at the society’s spring or autumn meetings. Grants are worth up to £250 each.

Link to *Research Professional

 

Previous Opportunities from the Past Three Months

 

February 2020

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

Closing Date: 1st February 2020

These enable early-career practitioners and researchers to develop their applied and research potential.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Western University, CA: BrainsCAN postdoctoral fellowship – cognitive neuroscience

Closing date: 01 Feb 20  (Forecast)

This supports postdoctoral research in cognitive neuroscience.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

European Molecular Biology Organisation: Gold medal

Closing date: 01 Feb 20

This recognises a young scientist and their contributions to the life sciences in Europe. The winner will receive a bursary worth €10,000.

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

Society for Applied Microbiology: Early-career scientist symposium travel grant

Closing date: 02 Feb 20

This supports student and early-career members in participating in the society’s early-career scientist symposium, to be held on 18 March 2020 in Cardiff. Up to £100 per delegate is available.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Wellcome: Intermediate fellowships

Closing date: 03 Feb 20

These enable scientists to undertake research and establish themselves as independent researchers in an academic institution in India. Fellowships are tenable for five years and provide personal support, research expenses, including research assistance, and additional travel allowances.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Cancer Research UK: Career development fellowship

Closing date: 05 Feb 20

This enables scientists without a salaried independent position to set up their first independent cancer research group. The fellowship covers salaries for the fellow, one postdoctoral researcher and one technician, and associated running expenses and equipment costs over up to six years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

International Association for the Study of Pain: Early-career research grants

Closing date: 05 Feb 20

These support young researchers starting careers as independent investigators in any area of pain research including clinical, social and basic sciences. Grants are worth USD 20,000 each.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Danish Diabetes Academy: Postdoctoral fellowships

Closing date: 06 Feb 20

These support postdoctoral researchers in the field of diabetes in conducting research at a Danish institution. Fellowships are worth DKK 600,000 per year for two to three years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education:  JSPS Summer Programme

Closing date: 07 Feb 20

This enables investigators to pursue collaborative research at Japanese universities and research institutes. Fellowships include round trip airfare, a maintenance allowance of JPY 534,000, a research support allowance of JPY 158,500 and insurance.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Durham University: Addison Wheeler Fellowships

Closing date: 07 Feb 20

Three postdoctoral Addision Wheeler Fellowships are available commencing no later than 01 October 2020.  These Fellowships have no residency restrictions.  The normal period of the Fellowship will be 3 years with starting salaries in the range £33,797 - £40,322 p.a. 

Addison Wheeler enquiries to: enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk

 


 

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851: Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering

Closing Date: 7th February 2020

These give early-career scientists or engineers the opportunity to conduct an innovative research project of their own instigation.

The Brunel Fellowship which forms part of this programme has been updated to make it more attractive and thereby encourage more researchers in the core engineering disciplines of Civil, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering to apply, candidates will in future be assessed separately from those in the broader science subjects.  Projects involving collaboration with industry are also encouraged:  we recognise that postdoc research fellows have a vital role in helping to ensure that advanced academic research is successfully transferred into industry.

A further significant change from 2020 is that the Commission will make a grant to the host institution sufficient to cover the full payroll cost of a Research Fellow, at a point on the postdoc pay scale appropriate to experience. 


For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

Internal UoB deadline: midday 07 Feb 20

The objective of this call is to provide support to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD at a research organisation which is part of a DTP, to support them in consolidating their PhD, and preparing them for the next stage of their research careers. The grants provide funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time.

Applicants must inform Ella Tebay if they intend to apply, in order to receive appropriate support.

 


 

Wellcome Trust: Engagement Fellowships

This opportunity is temporarily closed.

These support and develop the careers of emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage with the public in health research. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

January 2020

Society of Toxicology: Biotechnology SS outstanding young investigator award

Closing date: 01 Jan 20

This award recognises a young investigator who has contributed to the evolution of scientifically relevant approaches to, and interpretation of, toxicology aspects unique to biotechnology-derived projects. The award includes a monetary prize.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, INT: Visiting Fellowships

Closing Date: 5th January 2020 

These enable researchers in the field of mathematics to make short visits to the centre.  Applications are open to mathematicians of any age or nationality. They must have a PhD in mathematics. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: Advanced study programme postdoctoral fellowships

Closing date: 06 Jan 20

 These enable early-career scientists in the fields of atmospheric and related sciences to work at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Fellowships are worth a minimum of USD 138,920 over two years.

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Dutch Research Council: Innovational research incentives scheme Veni – domain science

Closing date: 09 Jan 20

This enables researchers who have recently obtained their PhD in a science domain to conduct independent research and develop their ideas. Grants are worth up to €250,000 each over a three-year period.

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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: NOAA climate and global change postdoctoral fellowship programme

Closing date: 10 Jan 20

This enables recently graduated PhDs to pursue an independent research opportunity while hosted at a US university or institution. The fellowship is for two years and includes a fixed annual salary and benefits.

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MQ: Fellows Award

LES Internal Deadline: 10 Jan 20

The Fellows Award supports talented researchers with bold ideas from across the globe, who aspire to be the next generation leaders in mental health research, as they establish their independence. We know that this will be a highly competitive process and that there are likely to be only a couple of Fellowships awarded. It may be necessary to undertake an internal selection process, therefore please register interest with Louisa Day.

To register interest please send a brief summary of your intended project along with a CV to Louisa Day by Friday 10th January.

 


 

Graduate Women in Science, US: National Fellowships

Closing Date: 11th January 2020

These promote increased knowledge in the natural sciences and encourage research careers in the sciences by women.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Irish Software Research Centre (Lero): Advanced learning in evolving critical systems (ALECS) fellowship programme

Closing date: 13 Jan 20

This provides training and career development to computer science and software engineering researchers, or those from complementary disciplines, through the provision of international mobility and inter-sectoral exposure. Fellowships are tenable for two years and provide a salary worth up to €45,000.

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BIG Little Event

Tuesday 14th January 2020, 9.30am-5pm, Birmingham and Midland Institute

The Little Event is BIG’s one-day training session for people who are new to STEM communication.

Programme and tickets available here. Tickets cost £45 and attendees must be BIG members (membership is £30 a year).

 


  

Harvard University: Belfer Center research fellowship – managing the atom

Closing date: 15 Jan 20

This enables researchers to spend a year in an interdisciplinary work environment that blends policy and technical concerns. Fellowships last for ten months and are worth USD 40,000 for predoctoral fellows and USD 50,000 for postdoctoral fellows.

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Harvard University: Belfer Center research fellowship – low-carbon development in China and India

Closing date: 15 Jan 20

This enables researchers to work on pathways and policies for decarbonisation in China and India. Fellowships last for ten months and include a stipend, benefits and research and travel support.

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Harvard University: Belfer Center research fellowship – international security programme

Closing date: 15 Jan 20

This enables researchers in security studies to spend a year conducting research at the Belfer Center. Fellowships are for ten months and are worth USD 44,000 for postdoctoral fellows and USD 33,000 for predoctoral fellows.


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American Society for Microbiology: Career development grant for postdoctoral women

Closing date: 15 Jan 20

This supports postdoctoral women conducting research in microbiology. Four awards of USD 1,500 each are available.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Eppendorf AG, DE: Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators

Closing Date: 15th January 2020

This recognises contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts.  European researchers, not older than 35 years, who hold a PhD or MD may apply.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, INT: Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics

Closing Date: 15th January 2020 (forecast)

These enable young scientists to carry out research at the CMSP section and to participate in activities in developing countries in order to promote the mission of ICTP.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics: Youth in high-dimensions – machine learning, high-dimensional statistics and inference for the new generation

Closing date: 15 Jan 20

This supports young researchers from academia and industry in participating in a conference entitled youth in high-dimensions – machine learning, high-dimensional statistics and inference for the new generation, to be held in Trieste, Italy in April 2020. A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants.

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The Bruno Weiss Fellowship: Society in Science

Closing Date: 15 Jan 20

A unique postdoc program which awards young researchers around the world with a generous personal research grant, giving them the freedom to work on whatever topic they choose anywhere in the world, for up to five years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

The Academy of Medical Sciences: Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships

Closing Date: 15 Jan 20

Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships give early-career biomedical researchers the chance to undertake short-term visits to further their research experience and learn new techniques. This scheme aims to build research links and developing ongoing scientific collaborations between the UK and the Middle East.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Society for Applied Microbiology: President’s fund

Closing date: 15 Jan 20

This assists members presenting at scientific meetings or attending workshops related to their area of work. Grants are worth up to £1,200 each.

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Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics: Quantitative life sciences senior postdoctoral fellowships

Closing date: 15 Jan 20

These support young scientists in conducting research in theoretical and computational neuroscience at the quantitative life sciences section of the centre. The fellowship includes €2,700 per month, health insurance, pension contributions and compensation for family members.

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European Society for Evolutionary Biology John Maynard Smith prize

Closing date: 17 Jan 20

This recognises a young researcher in any field of evolutionary biology. The award includes a cash prize worth €2,500, and the possibility of a junior fellowship of six months at the Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin, Germany.

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European Society for Evolutionary Biology: Godfrey Hewitt mobility award

Closing date: 17 Jan 20

This enables PhD or postdoctoral students to conduct fieldwork or research at a facility they have not previously visited. The award is worth up to €2,000.

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Postdoctoral fellowships in mathematical sciences

Closing date: 19 Jan 20

These enable postdocs to conduct research in partial differential equations and calculus of variations at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in South Africa. Fellowships cover health insurance, a monthly research allowance of €100, and a monthly instalment of €1000 for up to two years.

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POST: Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme

Closing Date: 19 Jan 20

Applications are sought for 14 projects, which have been proposed by offices across the UK Parliament. Projects include supporting select committees and Library teams, providing Parliament with accessible research evidence, and helping parliamentary teams to understand and improve their work and processes.  

The scheme is open to any UK-based academic with a PhD, or university staff working in impact or knowledge exchange.  Applicants must seek funds to cover the costs of their fellowship (buy out of teaching time, travel, subsistence, and other associated costs) from impact funding sources in their university, or other research organisations.  

For more information visit the scheme webpage.

 


 

Alan Turing Institute:  Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow - Environmental Science

Closing Date: 19 Jan 20

The Alan Turing Institute’s Data Science for Science programme is looking to hire two Research Fellows to work on research that applies data science and AI methods to environmental science. The posts are for either full-time research position at Turing, or a significant secondment, and different levels of seniority will be considered.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Microbiology Society: Society conference grants – annual meeting

Closing date: 20 Jan 20

These enable members to attend the society’s annual meeting, to be held from 31 March to 3 April 2020, in Edinburgh, UK. Grants are worth up to £750 each.

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Institution of Engineering and Technology: Travel awards

Closing date: 22 Jan 20

These support individuals in presenting a paper at a conference around the world, or by participating in international research visits or projects. Awards are worth up to £1,500 each, covering 75 per cent of the cost of the visit.

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Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare: International postdoctoral programme

Closing date: 23 Jan 20

This enables early career researchers from Swedish institutions to stay in another country, or early career researchers from other countries to stay at a Swedish institution. The total budget is worth SEK 35 million and grants are worth SEK 2.3 million over two years.

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National University of Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew Postdoctoral Fellowship

Closing Date: 25th January 2020 (forecast)

This promotes the development of young academics in science, medicine and engineering. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

2020 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Rising Talent Programme

Closing date: 27 Jan 20

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Rising Talent Programme are now looking for five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research.   The Rising Talents Awards recognises research in the fields of physical science; engineering; mathematics and computing; and life science.  You could be awarded £15,000 towards research in physical science.

For further information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Linnean Society of London: Percy Sladen memorial fund grants

Closing date: 30 Jan 20

These support fieldwork abroad in the earth and life sciences, through expeditions and individual research projects. Grants are worth up to £1,000 each.

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Biochemical Society: Colworth Medal

Closing Date: 31st January 2020 (forecast)

This recognises research by a young biochemist.  Nominees may be of any nationality but must have carried out the majority of their work in the UK or Ireland. Nominees must be within 10 years of completing their PhD. Those who have had a career break may still be considered. The prize is worth £3,000. The winner is also given the opportunity to deliver a lecture at a society conference and at Unilever research laboratories and invited to submit an article to a society-owned publication.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Biochemical Society: Early-Career Research Awards

Closing Date: 31st January 2020 (forecast)

These recognise the impact of research carried out by early-career scientists who have produced international quality research outputs.

Nominees should have no more than six years postdoctoral research experience. The majority of the research must have been carried out in the UK or Republic of Ireland.  Awards are worth £1,000 each and include a medal, the delivery of a lecture at a society conference and an invitation to submit an article at a society-owned publication.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Postdoctoral fellowship programme for research in Japan – short-term

Closing date: 31 Jan 20

This supports young researchers in conducting research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The programme provides a round-trip air ticket, a monthly maintenance stipend worth JPY 362,000 for PhD holders or JPY 200,000 for non-PhD holders, a settling-in allowance worth JPY 200,000 and travel insurance.

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Ludwig-Maximilians University: Carson fellowship programme

Closing date: 31 Jan 20

These support researchers in working on a major project and participating actively in the life at the research centre. Fellowships cover travel to Munich and a teaching replacement of the successful candidate’s home institution, alternatively a stipend that is commensurate with experience and current employment, for between four and 12 months.

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Society for the Study of Evolution: Theodosius Dobzhansky prize

Closing date: 31 Jan 20

This recognises the accomplishments and future promise of a young evolutionary biologist. The prize includes USD 5,000.

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

American Society for Nutrition: Nutrition translation award competition for early-career investigators

Closing date: 31 Jan 20

This enables early-career scientists and clinicians to demonstrate how their research can be translated to a defined audience to improve public health or health outcomes. Pending external funding, the award will include travel support for four finalists.

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Royal College of Psychiatrists: International bursaries

Closing date: 31 Jan 20

These enable candidates to attend the European Association of Psychosomatic medicine conference to be held between in June 2020 in Vienna, Austria. A total of five bursaries, worth up to £1,000, are available.

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International Society for Neurochemistry: ISN-JNC flagship school – funding

Closing date: 31 Jan 20

This supports young PhD student and postdoctoral members of the society in participating in a school on neurodegenerative disease, to be held in September 2020 in Alpbach, Austria. Up to 40 places are available, each including free accommodation and travel support.

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European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling: ECORD research grants

Closing date: 31 Jan 20

These enable young investigators to conduct innovative research related to the International Ocean Discovery Programme. Grants are worth up to €3,000 each.

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Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development: Conference funding for young investigators

Closing date: 31 Jan 20

This supports postgraduate students and early-career researchers with an accepted abstract in attending the Interest conference, to be held in Windhoek, Namibia in May 2020. Funding comprises free registration for the presenting author.

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UoB: IGI Resilient Cities Theme – Invitation to apply for small funding awards

Closing date:  31 Jan 20

The IGI Resilient Cities theme invites researchers to make proposals for cross-disciplinary research that would support the theme’s objectives. The call is open to all researchers at the University of Birmingham, including PhD students and post-doctoral researchers on fixed-term contracts. Applications must include researchers from at least two colleges.

Please use the attached template for this call and send it to Dr Carlo Luiu (c.luiu@bham.ac.uk).

December 2019

Institute for Advanced Study, US: Mathematics Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st December 2019

These enable researchers to pursue research projects in mathematics at the school.  Mathematicians and theoretical computer scientists at the postdoctoral and mid-to-senior career levels may apply. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged. Candidates will be free to devote themselves full-time to research.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Institute of Physics: Early Career Researchers Fund

Closing Date: 1st December 2019

This enables early-career researchers to attend international meetings and visit international facilities. It aims to broaden their professional development and maximise their potential.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Microbiology Society: Travel Grants

Closing Date: 1st December 2019

These enable members to present work at scientific or education meetings, or to attend short courses or training events related to microbiology. Grants are worth up to £750 and may cover half of the costs associated with presenting at the chosen meeting.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

American Association of University Women: Research publication grant in engineering, medicine and science

Closing date: 01 Dec 19

This supports research in engineering, medicine or science that will lead to a publication. Grants are worth between USD 10,000 and USD 35,000 for one year.

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Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin: College for Life Sciences Fellowship

Closing Date: 2nd December 2019 (forecast)

This enables early-career postdoctoral scientists to live and work on the campus of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and attend the weekly colloquia in the area of life sciences and medicine.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

STEM for Britain: A poster competition at Westminster for early-career researchers

Closing date: 02 Dec 19

STEM for Britain 2020 will take place in the Houses of Parliament on Monday 9th March during British Science Week.

Applications are open to early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who wish to exhibit posters.  

For more information and to apply visit the STEM for Britain webpage.

 


 

Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR: NIHR Advanced Research Fellowship

Closing Date: 3rd December 2019

This supports the career development of postdoctoral researchers who do not yet hold a research chair. The fellowship supports individuals who have recently completed or are soon to be awarded a PhD but haven’t yet established themselves as an independent researcher, researchers who are already established as independent researchers, but not yet recognised as an international leader in a field, and those who are looking to transition into applied health research from a basic science background or to re-establish their research career following a significant career break.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Microbiology Society: Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year

Closing Date: 9th December 2019

This recognises science communicators presenting a poster or offered paper at the society’s annual conference, which will take place from 31 March to 3 April 2020 in Edinburgh, UK. First, second and third prizes, worth £500, £200 and £100 respectively, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, CH: Plants Journal Travel Award

Closing Date: 15th December 2019

These support postdoctoral fellows and PhD students in presenting at an international conference on plants in 2020. One award, worth CHF 800, is available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Black hole initiative postdoctoral fellowship

Smithsonian Institution

This supports the study of black holes by postdoctoral fellows. The fellowship lasts for two years, with the possibility of a one-year renewal.

Closing date: 15 Dec 19

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Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics: Nordita postdoctoral fellowships in theoretical condensed matter physics

Closing date: 15 Dec 19

These enable scientists to carry out research in theoretical physics at Nordita. Appointments are for one year with the possibility of extension for up to two years.

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Enterprise Ireland: Career-FIT PLUS fellowship programme

Closing date: 19 Dec 19

This programme aims to connect researchers with companies in the Republic of Ireland to support industry-focused research projects. A total of 50 fellowships each lasting three years are available, including a mandatory secondment of between six and 12 months at the company partners.

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American Association for Cancer Research: AACR-Genentech cancer disparities research fellowships

Closing date: 19 Dec 19

These support postdoctoral or clinical research fellows in conducting cancer disparities research and in establishing a successful career path in the field. Fellowships are worth USD 120,000 each for two years.

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International Society for Neurochemistry: Return home grant

Closing date: 31 Dec 19

This supports an early career researcher working in the field of neurochemistry who is moving from a postdoctoral position in a developed country to a country with limited financial support. Awards are generally worth up to USD 10,000.

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European Association for Signal Processing: Early-career award

Closing date: 31 Dec 19

This recognises a researcher or engineer who, at an early or mid-stage in their career, has contributed to the field of signal, speech and image processing. The award is worth €2,000.

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Department for International Development: Postdoctoral fellowships on innovative methods and metrics for agriculture and nutrition actions (IMMANA)

Closing date: 31 Dec 19

These support emerging leaders in agriculture, nutrition and health research. Fellowships are awarded to early-career researchers who are using, developing or adapting new methodological approaches with mentors in ongoing research programmes in low and middle income countries.

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Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute: Water Journal travel awards

Closing date: 31 Dec 19

These support PhD candidates or postdoctoral fellows in presenting at a conference relating to water in 2020. Three awards, worth CHF 800 each, are available.

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