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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.


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Early Career Researcher Workshop 2018: ‘Sustainable Futures’

9 - 12 October 2018, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), Shanghai, China

Internal Deadline: 18th July 2018

The University of Birmingham can nominate up to 7 researchers to attend the 'Sustainable Futures' Early Career Workshop. To be eligible for the workshop you must have been awarded your PhD and have no more than 8 years post-PhD experience.

Each university may nominate seven early career researchers: four guaranteed nominees and three reserve nominees from their own institution. The top four ECRs on each University’s list of nominees are guaranteed a place. Depending on availability, further places may be offered to the reserve nominees. U21 will cover all workshop costs, and attending UoB staff must source funding to cover travel and accommodation costs. Accommodation costs are likely to be in the region of US$80 - 120 per night.

If you would like to be nominated to attend, please RSVP to Matt Clulee with your name, email, a sentence on your general research area and whether or not you would require a visa to attend by Wednesday July 18th please.

 


 

Medical Research Council: Skills Development Fellowships

Closing Date: 27th July 2018 (Forecast)

The Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council invite applications for their skills development fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to develop new skills in a priority area as well as researchers at all career stages willing to transform their career. Fellowships are offered in the following priority areas which are not mutually exclusive:

•quantitative skills, covering mathematics, statistics, computation and informatics applicable to any biomedical or health related data sources;

•skills at the social science interface, focusing on health economics or mixed method research.

Applicants from a quantitative, economics or social science research background should be seeking to develop new expertise and skills by applying these methods to biomedical or health research across MRC’s remit. All applicants should be planning to acquire training in quantitative, economics or social science research methods as applied to biomedical or health research.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

RAEng: Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships 2018/19

Internal Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 30th July 2018

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships 2018/19 are now open with a submission deadline of 1600 on Monday 24 September 2018. These highly prestigious five-year Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering by providing support for high-quality candidates to become future research leaders. The Engineering for Development Research Fellowships (Exception Two; see below) is a RAEng scheme with an additional £25,000 per annum funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to develop international collaborations in order to deliver the research outputs and build pathways to positively impact, or contribute to the sustainable economic or social development of a country or countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list (http://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/daclist.htm).

Applicant Guidance is available here:  https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/raeng-research-fellowship/how-to-apply

Only three to five submissions per institution, depending on whether any applicants meet one of the two exceptions (persistently underrepresented groups and the Engineering for Development Research Fellowship), explained on page 6 of the Applicant Guidance, are allowed. There is, therefore, an internal selection process.

If you wish to be considered, please complete the expression of interest (EOI) form, including sections Exception One and Exception Two if applicable, which will be used by an internal panel to select 3-5 applicants to go forwards to the full submission stage. The selected applicants will be supported by the College Research Support Teams to develop their applications.

Please send completed EOIs, plus a 2 page maximum CV, to Paul Reay by 1200 on Monday 30 July.  Please refer to the Applicant Guidance document when completing the EOI.

 


 

Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

Closing Date: 7th August 2018

The Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society invite applications for the Sir Henry Dale fellowships. These support postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups in the field of public health.

Applicants must have a PhD, significant postdoctoral research experience, and have made important contributions to their area of research via publications, patents, software development or an impact on policy. They must be driving their research and be ready to lead an independent research programme. They must have sponsorship from a head of department or equivalent at an eligible host organisation in the UK. In case applicants propose to stay in their current department, they must describe how the proposal will further their independent career.

Fellowships cover salary, which is determined by the host organisation, a supplement of £7,500, personal removal expenses, research expenses and an annual contribution of £11,000 towards indirect and estate costs. Fellowships are tenable for five years, but fellows may further apply for three more years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Human Frontier Science Programme: Long-Term Fellowships

Closing Date: 9th August 2018

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.

 


 

UK Research Software Engineers Conference

3rd & 4th September 2018, University of Birmingham

The Third Conference of Research Software Engineers will take place in the Bramall Building at the University of Birmingham.  This will be a  great opportunity to look at the latest technical updates and network with the best in UK academia and industry in the field of research software engineering.

For more information visit the Conference website.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 3rd September 2018

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.

 


 

Royal Society: University Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 4th September 2018 (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 natural sciences, including agriculture, mathematics, technology and engineering science, but excludes clinical medicine and biomedical science. Three additional awards are available for both fellows working in areas primarily and directly relevant to global challenges faced by developing countries, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund, and for candidates in the physical sciences and engineering subject areas, supported by the Tata group.

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. The fellowship must be held at a UK or Irish institution.

Fellowships are awarded for five years, but extensions may be awarded for three additional years. Awards include a maximum salary of £40,030 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.

 


 

University Research Conference 2018

Save the Date: 10th September 2018, Great Hall

Now in its second year, the University Research Conference brings together academic and professional services staff working on groundbreaking research at UoB. The day will offer a range of sessions designed to explore the delivery of effective and impactful research at the University and beyond. A call for session proposals has just been launched; if you would like more information about this visit the conference intranet site: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/planning/rpt/University-Research-Conference.  

New for this year the conference will include a group of sessions dedicated to linking researchers with key professional service teams for on-the-day advice and support as well as a range of sessions focusing on global innovation in research. We will be launching the Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Research Impact and welcoming another prominent keynote speaker to the conference.

The event is aimed at the University’s academic staff, and staff supporting research. If you would like to attend please hold this date in your diary and we will be in touch with further information as soon as this becomes available.  Keep an eye on the conference intranet site for more information or email us at urc@contacts.bham.ac.uk

 


 

Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 9th October 2018

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Society: Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Closing Date: 16th November 2018 (Forecast)

The Royal Society invite applications for the Dorothy Hodgkin fellowships. These enable early-career scientists who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstance to take the first step into an independent research career. Research may address all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

Applicants must have completed their PhD but have no more than six years of research experience after receipt of their PhD award. Individuals who hold a permanent post in a university or non-profit organisation may not apply. Preference may be given to applications from underrepresented groups.

Approximately four to five awards are available. Funding covers 80 per cent of the basic salary costs up to £40,030 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs; as well as research expenses worth up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter. Successful applicants who are about to start their first year are eligible to apply for a research grant worth up to £150,000.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Leverhulme Trust: Early Career Fellowships

Next call expected to open January 2019

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its early-career fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. The research may be in any subject area, with the exception of studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, and research that is intended to inform clinical practice and the development of medical applications.

Fellowships may be held at universities or at other HEI in the UK. Applicants must not yet have held a full-time established academic post at a UK university or comparable UK institutions. Candidates must be within four years of their doctoral thesis submission or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the fellowship. They must also either hold a degree from a UK HEI at the time of taking up the fellowship or at the time of application hold an academic position, such as a fixed-term lectureship or fellowship, in the UK.

Approximately 100 fellowships are available. Each fellowship provides up to £25,000 per year to cover 50 per cent of the fellow’s total salary costs, up to £6,000 a year towards research expenses, up to £150 a day for UK and overseas subsistence and funding for capital items up to £1,000 per item. Fellowships are tenable for three years full time, but the trust may consider part time requests. The host institution must contribute remaining 50 per cent of salary costs for the fellow.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

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.

 

June 2018

Community University Partnership Initiative

The Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI) supports community organisations (including community businesses, charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations) and university researchers to create trusting and useful research collaborations which benefit all the partners involved.  Each CUPI Match event is held in a specific geographical region, to enable partnerships to develop within that region. Therefore participation is invited from academics and individuals from community organisations who identify with that region e.g. through being based there, or working alongside people who live there.

A pilot match event will be taking place in Birmingham on July 3rd, 2018. Find out more on the CUPI webpage and register now for the Birmingham event (registration deadline 4 June, 2018).

May 2018

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

The UKRI has launched a new Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme with the following objectives:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes

The scheme will support early career researchers and innovators (senior academics and innovators are not permitted to apply) to transition to or establish independence in any area supported by UKRI.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

There will be an internal selection process in each College. 

  • For EPS please contact Claire Farrell to receive further information and application documentation, application deadline is 5pm on Friday 18th May 2018.
  • For LES please contact Helen Lambert to receive further information and application documentation, application deadline is 5pm on Friday 18th May 2018.

April 2018

Public Engagement Day

Tuesday 17th April 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm, Winterbourne House, (G11 on Campus Map).

Get Engaged!

The (almost) Annual Public Engagement with Research Day (PER Day) will be held on 17th April 2018 and we’d like to invite you along. Sign up to find out about public engagement at the University; what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, how you can get involved and how the PER team can help.

This is for you if you:

  • Are a researcher who wants to engage the public with your work
  • Want practical help and advice on doing PER
  • Want the bigger picture on the what, how and why of PER at UoB

The day will include:

  • An update on PER at Birmingham from Prof Alice Roberts
  • Showcasing of great PER projects
  • Practical skills workshops with engagement experts
  • Lots of other opportunities to find out more and get involved

The day will be held from 9:30am until 4:30pm (lunch included) at Winterbourne House and Garden and registration is open now. Unfortunately places are limited so priority will be given to researchers, but we will accommodate others wherever possible. Find out more & sign up HERE. Please direct any questions to the Public Engagement Team here

 


 

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 18th April 2018

The Wellcome Trust invites preliminary applications for the Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships. These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working 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 includes an award of £250,000 over four years on a full-time or part-time basis, covering the basic salary, fellowship supplement of £2,500 a year for personal support and research expenses.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage

  

March 2018

Leverhulme Trust: Early-Career Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st March 2018

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its early-career fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. The research may be in any subject area, with the exception of studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, and research that is intended to inform clinical practice and the development of medical applications.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers

 Start date: 5th March 2018.

 An online course developed by the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Sheffield enabling you to explore different career options, learn what you want out of a career and understand how to implement good career decisions. The course lasts for three hours per week over four weeks.

 The basic course is free, with a charge made if you wish to access the upgrade and certificate of achievement.  Further information.

University of Birmingham Arts & Science Festival

12th-18th March 2018

The University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival is back for its sixth edition. Running 12–18 March 2018, the festival celebrates research, culture and collaboration across campus and beyond.  Join leading artists and academics as they respond to this year’s theme ‘Stop Start!’ and enjoy a diverse programme exploring life, death, time, movement, migration, attitudes, behaviours and a whole lot more...

Visit the website.

February 2018

Lindemann Trust Fellowships

Closing Date: Wednesday 14th February 2018

The English-Speaking Union invites applications for the Lindemann Trust fellowships. These enable postdoctoral scientists in both the pure and applied physical sciences to carry out research in the US. Fields of research include astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics and physics.

Applicants must be British, Irish or Commonwealth citizens, resident in the UK and have completed a doctorate within the last three years.

Up to three one-year fellowships, worth USD 40,000 each, plus £500 towards each fellow’s airfare are available.

For more information visit the funders’ webpage.

 

2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowship Awards Programme.

Deadline: Friday 16th February 2018

The fellowship awards are open to female early-career researchers working in the field of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences. Five outstanding female early-career scientists will be awarded a bursary of £15,000.

Applicants should apply online at www.womeninscience.co.uk.

 Eligibility criteria and FAQs are available here: www.womeninscience.co.uk/faq

This unique award is designed to provide practical help to aid female researchers in continuing their cutting-edge research. The fellowship can be spent as the fellow wishes; it could buy a piece of scientific equipment, help to cover child care costs or be used to fund conference travel.

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us at: ForWomeninScienceUK@loreal.com