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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.

***Please note some closing dates may have changed.  Please check with the funding provider.***

April 2021

Alain Bensoussan fellowships

European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics

This enables early-career scientists to conduct research at leading European centres outside their own country. Fellowships last for one year and each fellow receives a monthly allowance of between €2,070 and €3,900, depending on the host country, and is reimbursed for travel expenses.

Closing date: 30 Apr 21

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Computers Journal travel awards

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 30 November 2020 has been extended to 30 April 2021. All other call details remain unchanged. This award supports a postdoctoral fellow or PhD student in attending an international conference related to computer science in 2021. The award is worth CHF 800. ***

Closing date: 30 Apr 21

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COMING SOON: Young scientist travel awards – EMS annual meeting

European Meteorological Society

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in February 2021. The following information is subject to change. These awards enable young scientists to attend the society’s annual meeting, to be held from 6 to 10 September 2021. The award includes a registration fee waiver and a travel grant worth €300. ***

Closing date: 30 Apr 21  (Forecast)

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PKU-IIASA international postdoctoral fellowship programme

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

This enables early-career postdoctoral researchers to carry out research in fields of mutual interest at both Peking University and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Closing date: 30 Apr 21

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Emmy Noether fellowships

London Mathematical Society

These aim to enhance the mathematical sciences research of holders either re-establishing their research programme after returning from a major break associated with caring responsibilities, or those requiring support to maintain their research programme with dealing with significant ongoing caring responsibilities. The total budget is £25,000 for grants worth between £2,000 and £10,000.

Closing date: 30 Apr 21

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May 2021

Early career publication award – PhD and Post-docs

European Society for Cognitive Psychology

This recognises the first author of the best article accepted for publication in 2020. The awards are worth €1,000 each.

Closing date: 01 May 21

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Dick Woodhouse award to young professionals

London Petrophysical Society

This recognises young professional petrophysicists and other geoscientists involved in formation evaluation. The award is worth £1,000.

Closing date: 01 May 21

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Discovery fellowship

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

This enables 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. Up to 15 fellowships, each worth up to £400,000 at 80 percent of full economic cost over three years, are available.

Closing date: 06 May 21

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University of Liverpool: Making an Impact Series

Key sessions that are opened to University of Liverpool’s external partners include:

 



Westminster fellowship

Royal Society of Chemistry

This enables society members to spend three months working at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, where they will provide briefing material for MPs and peers and and help select committees with ongoing inquiries. The fellowship includes a bursary worth £6,500 for three months.

Closing date: 10 May 21

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Postdoctoral programme

Campus France

This enables early-career researchers to conduct environmental research in France. A total of 40 grants are available, covering a monthly income of €2,500, and installation grant of €500 and support for social security coverage and health insurance costs for one year.

Closing date: 10 May 21

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Postdoctoral fellowships

THIS Institute

These fellowships enable early-career researchers to lead high-quality studies that advance the field of healthcare improvement, to join a supported community of improvement researchers and to develop their research leadership skills. Fellowships are worth up to £225,000 over three years.

Closing date: 11 May 21

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COP26 UK Universities Network: Call for Innovation Showcase ideas

Deadline 11 May 21

The Innovation Showcase Subgroup of the COP26 UK Universities Network is organising an Images of Innovation exhibition to showcase the innovative ways in which research is being applied to tackle climate change and build a more sustainable world. The exhibition will include images from across the UK HE sector, with a focus on how the innovations developed by UK universities and research institutes are supporting our journey to a better future.

If you are interested in participating in the Innovation Showcase activities, we would be delighted to hear from you! Entries can be submitted using the on-line form, which can be accessed here, as can the full guidance for this call.

 


 

Clean Air Early Career Researcher Ideas Competition

Deadline: 6pm on 14th May 2021

Are you and Early Career Researcher? Do you have a research, innovation, policy or other idea that can lead to cleaner air? In June 2021, the Institute of Global Innovation (IGI) Clean Air theme will hold a Clean Air ideas competition to search for the best ideas from ECRs across all colleges at the University of Birmingham.

The Clean Air Early Career Researcher Ideas Competition will take place over two rounds. Initially, all interested applicants are invited to submit a 300 word Abstract (deadline 14th May 2021) outlining how their idea can lead to cleaner air. These will be judged by an interdisciplinary panel (academics/non-academics/mixed career stage) from across the University of Birmingham. The ECRs with the top six ideas will subsequently be invited to pitch their ideas to the panel and an online audience at taking place on Clean Air Day – 17th June 2021.

The panel will award three prizes for the best three pitches and ideas (1st place, £500; 2nd place, £300; 3rd place- £200), and the six finalists will receive recommendations on how to translate their idea into future funding applications. Applications will be considered within the context of career stage.  The prize winners will be required to write a short article for the IGI Clean Air website. All Abstract applicants will be invite to join the cross-college ECR Clean Air network and take part in activities later in the year.

Applications that address challenges within Low and Middle Income Countries are strongly encouraged, as are applications from researchers working in College of Arts and Law.

ECRs includes current postgraduate researchers, PhD candidates, technicians, apprentices and other staff on grades 5-7 who consider themselves eligible. For eligibility questions contact: clean.air@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Abstract submissions: by email to clean.air@contacts.bham.ac.uk.  Please complete the submission form in the attached document.

 


 

Freestanding postdoctoral fellowships

National Research Foundation of South Africa

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 include a stipend of ZAR 200,000 per year for up to two years as well as ZAR 50,000 per year towards research expenses.

Closing date: 14 May 21

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Innovation postdoctoral fellowships

National Research Foundation of South Africa

These aim to leverage innovation in universities and implement science and related skills development. 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.

Closing date: 14 May 21

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Young investigator awards

International Cytokine and Interferon Society

These support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting interferon and cytokine research. Awards are worth up to USD 7,500 each.

Closing date: 15 May 21

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Green talents award

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research | Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

This enables young scientists, working in fields related to sustainability, to participate in a two-week virtual science forum followed by a research stay for up to three months to conduct collaborative research on sustainable development.

Closing date: 19 May 21

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UKRIO Annual Conference 2021 (Research Integrity Two-Day Event)

Wednesday 19th May 2021, Thursday 20th May 2021, Online

Join UKRIO’s renowned annual research integrity conference on the topic of “good research practice in a changing world”.
To register visit the Eventbrite page for this event.

 


 

Postdoctoral fellowships

Human Frontier Science Program

These enable early-career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country conducting research in the life sciences. Fellowships last for three years and include living, relocation, research and travel support.

Closing date: 26 May 21

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COMING SOON: Fellowships

Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society

This call supports research stays of up to nine months at the institute in Graz, Austria, to conduct research on the interactions between science, technology and society. Three grants are available, each worth €940 per month, for fellows who are not able to pay their living expenses during their stay at the institute.

Closing date: 31 May 21  (Forecast)

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BEAR Champions Recruitment

BEAR are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications to become a BEAR Champion and join our expanding team of volunteers.  Our BEAR Champions help spread the word about BEAR Services in their area – they have found the scheme to be beneficial to themselves, their research and group/area.

Closing date: 31 May 21

 


 

2021 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Rising Talent Programme

Closing date: 31 May 21, 5pm

Five outstanding female early-career scientists will receive a bursary of £15,000 (equivalent € for candidates in Ireland).

The five awards will be dedicated to research in the fields of Physical Science; Engineering; Mathematics and Computing; Life Science and Sustainable Development. 

Candidates can apply online here 

June 2021

New venture fellowship

European Molecular Biology Organisation

This supports early-career scientists in exploring topics outside their current area to allow them to pursue a new research direction in their future work. Fellowships include funding for travel costs and subsistence of the fellow for up to three months.

Closing date: 01 Jun 21

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Kan Tong Po visiting fellowships

Royal Society

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. Fellowships provide up to £3,000 for airfare and subsistence for visits lasting up to three months.

Closing date: 10 Jun 21

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July 2021

NIHR advanced fellowship

Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR

This supports the career development of postdoctoral researchers who do not yet hold a research chair. The fellowships are for a period of two to five years on a full-time basis and may be taken on a part-time basis.

Closing date: 01 Jul 21

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UKCEH Training Courses: How to write highly cited papers (Online)

2 mornings on 7 & 8 July 2021 (9 am – 1 pm) Students: £179 Professionals: £239

The Early bird discount is valid until 15 May 2021 (then £30 more)

This interactive online workshop will boost your confidence and ability to write a great science paper that will be cited again and again.

More information

Sign up online

 


  

COMING SOON: NIHR advanced fellowship

Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on 8 April 2021. The following information is subject to change. This fellowship supports the career development of postdoctoral researchers who do not yet hold a research chair. ***

Closing date: 14 Jul 21  (Forecast)

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Career development fellowship

Versus Arthritis

This enables postdoctoral scientists, vets, nurses or allied health professionals to develop their career as an independent researcher in arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions. The fellowship is normally awarded for five years and covers salary, reasonable running costs and purchase of small items of essential equipment costing up to £30,000 in total.

Closing date: 14 Jul 21

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Foundation fellowship

Versus Arthritis

This supports postdoctoral researchers in developing independent research ideas at an early stage in their career in areas relevant to arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases. The fellowship is worth up to £30,000 over three years.

Closing date: 14 Jul 21

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August 2021

COMING SOON: Postdoctoral fellowships

Human Frontier Science Program

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in May 2021. The following information is subject to change. These fellowships enable early-career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country conducting research in the life sciences. Fellowships last for three years and include living, relocation, research and travel support. ***

Closing date: 13 Aug 21  (Forecast)

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September 2021

COMING SOON: Enterprise fellowships

Royal Academy of Engineering

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in July 2021. The following information is subject to change. These fellowship support entrepreneurial engineers who have demonstrated innovation in engineering and want to develop this further. Approximately 12 fellowships, worth up to £60,000 each for one year, are available. ***

Closing date: 01 Sep 21  (Forecast)

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Molecular and Cellular Medicine New Investigator Research Grant

MRC

These grants are for researchers who are ready to take the next step towards becoming an independent principal investigator with clear host institution support.

Closing date: 1 Sept 21

 


 

Senior fellowship programme

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) | Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire

This enables researchers working in applied sciences, computing or engineering to spend time working in a research group at CERN. Fellowships provide stipends worth between CHF 7,201 and CHF 8,178 per month for six to 36 months.

Closing date: 01 Sep 21

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Post-career break fellowship

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) | Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire

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.

Closing date: 01 Sep 21

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Senior research fellowships in theoretical and experimental physics

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) | Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire

These enable researchers working in theoretical and experimental physics to spend time working in a research group at CERN. Stipends are worth between CHF 7,201 and CHF 8,178 per month for six to 36 months.

Closing date: 01 Sep 21

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Senior applied fellowship programme

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) | Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire

This supports MSc or PhD graduates in a wide range of applied sciences, computing and engineering who are looking to work in a research group. Fellowships last for between six and 36 months and include a stipend of CHF 7,201 to CHF 8,178 per month.

Closing date: 01 Sep 21

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Talent programme Veni – science domain

Dutch Research Council | Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 20 May has been extended to 2 September 2021. All other call details remain unchanged. This programme 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 €280,000 each over a three-year period. ***

Closing date: 02 Sep 21

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University research fellowships

Royal Society

Please note: an internal selection process is likely to apply, please look out for further details on this.

These enable early-career scientists who have the potential to become leaders in their field to build an independent research career in the natural sciences. Fellowships are awarded for five years, but extensions may be awarded for three additional years.

Closing date: 07 Sep 21

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Banting postdoctoral fellowships

Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada

These support postdoctoral researchers who will contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth. A total of 70 fellowships are available, worth CAD 70,000 each per year for two years.

Closing date: 22 Sep 21

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October 2021

COMING SOON: CARMIN joint postdoctoral programme

Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies | Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in autumn 2021. The following information is subject to change. This programme enables postdoctoral or senior researchers in mathematics or theoretical physics to combine a research visit at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques with participation in one of the quarterly Henri Poincaré Institute (IHP) thematic programmes. A total of three six-month fellowships, and one two-year fellowship, are available. ***

Closing date: 04 Oct 21  (Forecast)

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COMING SOON: ELITE-S fellowships

Science Foundation Ireland

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on 15 July and close on 15 October 2021. The following information is subject to change. These fellowships enable researchers to undertake research in technology and standards development in the priority areas of 5G, internet of things, cloud computing, cybersecurity and data technologies. The fellowship is for a period of two years. ***

Closing date: 15 Oct 21

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Opportunities with No Deadline

 

Opportunities with No Deadline

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 postdoctoral fellowship

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

These support research in the field of energy or mathematical sciences. There is no limit on how much funding can be requested.

Closing date: None

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EPSRC synthetic biology postdoctoral fellowship

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

These support research focusing on the engineering challenges of delivering synthetic biology as a mature technology. There is no limit on how much funding can be requested.

Closing date: None

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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.

 


  

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.

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Travel grants

European Molecular Biology Organisation

These enable eligible participants to attend European Molecular Biology Organisation practical courses and selected workshops and conferences.

Closing date: None

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Previous Opportunities from the Past Three Months

 

April 2021

Travel fellowships

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

These support trainees from union members countries in attending meetings relevant to the biochemistry and molecular biology field. Fellowships cover meeting registration costs and contribute towards travel costs.

Closing date: 01 Apr 21

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Postdoctoral study grants

Fyssen Foundation

These enable either French postdoctoral researchers to visit foreign laboratories or foreign postdoctoral researchers to visit French laboratories. Grants are worth up to €40,000 for one year.

Closing date: 02 Apr 21

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BBSRC: People and Talent Strategy Advisory Panel (PAT SAP) Researcher Subgroup

BBSRC are looking to appoint up to 9 individuals to the Researcher Subgroup of its People and Talent Strategy Advisory Panel to focus on issues related to researcher careers and development.

Applications are sought from researchers, fellows and postdoctoral researchers which qualify under our definition of ‘researcher’ and include:

Academics including postdoctoral researchers, early career researchers and fellows, and researchers who are starting out in the initial stages to independence (for example, researchers who have yet to establish an independent position managing a lab/group) from research institutions and organisations.

The deadline for applications is Monday 5 April 2021 at 16:00.

An application form can be found from our web page

For further information on this opportunity  contact postdoc.researchers@bbsrc.ukri.org

 


 

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Young plant scientist award

Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 26 March has been extended to 10 April. All other call details remain unchanged. This award recognises young scientists in the field of plant biology. Two awards are available, comprising €2,000 each and sponsorship to attend the plant biology Europe congress, where they are asked to give a talk. ***

Closing date: 10 Apr 21

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Small grants

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

These enable early-career researchers and global health professionals in the field of tropical medicine or global health to undertake clinical or scientific research or fieldwork, as standalone projects or distinct elements within a larger project. Grants are worth up to £5,000 each.

Closing date: 15 Apr 21

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RN Robertson travelling fellowship

Australian Society of Plant Scientists

This enables graduate research students and recent PhD graduates to undertake research aimed at elucidating plant function and should enhance the current research of the applicant by providing access to expertise and facilities outside of those currently available to them. The fellowships is worth up to AUD 4,000.

Closing date: 16 Apr 21

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DEADLINE BROUGHT FORWARD: APA/IUPsyS global mental health fellowship

American Psychological Association

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been brought forward. The previous deadline of 30 April has been brought forward to 16 April 2021. All other call details remain unchanged. This call supports a psychologist in working for the World Health Organisation’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for one year. The fellowship is worth USD 30,000 for one year. ***

Closing date: 16 Apr 21

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Microbiology in society award

Microbiology Society

This supports individuals or organisations for any education, outreach or public engagement work that promotes the art and science of microbiology. The award is worth up to £5,000.

Closing date: 18 Apr 21

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UK intelligence community postdoctoral research fellowships

Royal Academy of Engineering

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.

Closing date: 19 Apr 21

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EMS young scientist award

European Meteorological Society

This recognises performance in terms of scientific publications or presentations during the early stages of a scientific career. The award consists of a cash prize of €1,000 and the awardee is invited to give a lecture at the EMS annual meeting for which their travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed.

Closing date: 21 Apr 21

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R42M UK Northern PhD and Postdoc Business Competition

An opportunity to design, pitch, and execute your tech startup idea in a supportive environment. A number of presentations guiding applicants in the creation of an impactful business proposal will be given by highly experienced entrepreneurs and investors as part of the competition, starting from 21st April.

The focus of the project should be on a technological solution to a problem, e.g. healthtech, biotech, infotech or fintech. They particularly encourage projects which aim to make a positive difference to the world, e.g. through improvements to health, the environment, sustainability, productivity and so on.

Please note: This competition is open to University of Birmingham researchers, despite the information stating this is a ‘north of Birmingham’ competition.

Find out more at https://www.r42group.com/r42m-phd-postdoc-competition

 


 

Industrial fellowships programme – PhD and postdoctoral grants for innovation and industry partnerships

Luxembourg National Research Fund

This aims to foster cooperation between Luxembourg based companies and public research institutions in Luxembourg and abroad by funding PhD and postdoctoral research projects. The maximum annual salary awarded for PhD grants is €47,415 for up to four years. The maximum annual salary awarded for postdoctoral grants is €66,948 for one to two years.

Closing date: 22 Apr 21

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Public engagement spark awards

Science and Technology Facilities Council

These support programmes of novel public engagement that focus on a topic within the council’s remit or align to the science and technology work of the council’s national and international laboratories and facilities. Awards are worth up to £15,000 each.

Closing date: 22 Apr 21

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Deep time initiative – Peter Buck postdoctoral fellowship programme

Smithsonian Institution

This supports independent research in any aspect of paleobiology at the museum. Fellowships are worth USD 129,000 each for two years.

Closing date: 25 Apr 21

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BBSRC enterprise fellowships

Royal Society of Edinburgh

These enable researchers based in the UK to develop a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, and become successful entrepreneurs. Fellowships are worth up to £100,000 and last for one year.

Closing date: 28 Apr 21

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STFC enterprise fellowships

Royal Society of Edinburgh

These enable the development of new businesses that stem from previously-funded STFC research. Fellowships are worth up to £100,000 and last for one year.

Closing date: 28 Apr 21

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RSE enterprise fellowships

Royal Society of Edinburgh

These provide support to enable science and technology researchers to develop into successful entrepreneurs by developing a business idea. Fellowships are worth up to £100,000 and last for one year.

Closing date: 28 Apr 21

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March 2021

Senior fellowship programme

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)

This enables researchers working in applied sciences, computing or engineering to spend time working in a research group at CERN. Stipends are worth between CHF 7,170 and CHF 8,143 per month for six to 36 months.

Closing date: 01 Mar 21

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Microbiology and immunology travel awards

International Association for Dental Research

These aim to enhance research and attract students, postdoctoral fellows and early-career researchers into the field of oral microbiology and immunology. Up to four awards are available, each worth USD 1,000.

Closing date: 01 Mar 21

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Post-career break fellowship

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)

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.

Closing date: 01 Mar 21

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Senior research fellowships in theoretical and experimental physics

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)

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.

Closing date: 01 Mar 21

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Intermediate fellowships

Wellcome

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.

Closing date: 01 Mar 21

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Travel grants

Microbiology Society

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 each.

Closing date: 01 Mar 21

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Enterprise fellowships

Royal Academy of Engineering

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 22 February has been extended to 1 March 2021. All other call details remain unchanged. These fellowships support entrepreneurial engineers who have demonstrated innovation in engineering and want to develop this further. ***

Closing date: 01 Mar 21

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Fellowships – anti-doping science

Partnership for Clean Competition

These support scientists who are interested in developing effective methods for detecting performance-enhancing substances in sport to carry out research at a World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in the United States. Fellowships may last up to two years.

Closing date: 01 Mar 21

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Senior applied fellowship programme

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) | Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire

This supports MSc or PhD graduates in a wide range of applied sciences, computing and engineering who are looking to work in a research group. Fellowships last for between six and 36 months and include a stipend of CHF 7,201 to CHF 8,178 per month.

Closing date: 01 Mar 21

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Enterprise fellowships

Royal Academy of Engineering

These fellowships support entrepreneurial engineers who have demonstrated innovation in engineering and want to develop this further. Approximately 12 fellowships, worth up between £50,000 and £60,000 each for one year, are available.

Closing date: 03 Mar 21  (Forecast)

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Singapore National Research Foundation fellowships

Singapore National Research Foundation

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.

Closing date: 03 Mar 21

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Webb fellowship using the James Webb space telescope

Science and Technology Facilities Council

This enables individuals to carry out their own research programme using the James Webb space telescope. Two fellowships are available for up to five years

Closing date: 04 Mar 21

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Postdoctoral researchers’ networking tour

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) | Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

This enables young researchers to gain an insight into German research and industry in the field of artificial intelligence by virtually visiting a series of key German institutions in the field. The programme provides funding for an individual networking trip for successful applicants when COVID-19 restrictions allow.

Closing date: 08 Mar 21

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Harden conference early-career travel award

New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

This support attendance at the Harden conferences or focused meetings of the Biochemical Society. Each award consists of a travel grant worth NZD 1,000, as well as free registration and accommodation.

Closing date: 09 Mar 21

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NERC Impact Development Programme

Closing date: 9 Mar 21

If you would like to increase the impact of your environmental science research, and want to improve your skills in using public engagement to achieve this, then the NERC Impact Development Programme is for you! We will cover the breadth of issues you might encounter, from choosing the best type of public engagement for your specific research; to working through practical issues; to considering how to evaluate your public engagement to find out if it was worth it.

 


 

Oxford Brookes University: Women in Innovation – Closing the gender gap

Wednesday 10th March 2021, 6-7pm, Online

Join Professor Simonetta Manfredi in conversation with Dr Fanya Ismail, winner of “Women in Innovation” award 2019 by Innovate UK. Dr Ismail is CEO and founder of SGMA, and will be sharing her experience of founding a successful research-based business, and reflecting on what can be done to close the gender gap in the innovation ecosystem.

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Dan David prize scholarships

Dan David Foundation

This supports doctoral and postdoctoral research in the fields of the history of health and medicine, public health and molecular medicine. A total of 20 scholarships, worth USD 15,000 each, are available.

Closing date: 10 Mar 21

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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral fellowship programme

Royal Society

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

Closing date: 10 Mar 21

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Living planet fellowship

European Space Agency

This enables young scientists at postdoctoral level to undertake research in Earth observation and Earth system science, maximising the scientific impact of ESA missions and European EO capacity, and respond to the main challenges of the ESA science strategy. Fellowships are worth up to €110,000 each over two years.

Closing date: 15 Mar 21

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Fellowships

Foulkes Foundation

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

Closing date: 15 Mar 21

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EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

The EPSRC IAA is now open for applications to its Developing Leaders, Knowledge Transfer Secondments and Policy Impact schemes. To apply, please visit the Internal Research Funding intranet page. Scheme guidance can also be found here.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 15 March 2021.

 


 

Call for articles : COP26

The University is looking to publish a collection of articles on themes relating to climate change and the environment ahead of COP26. Our aim will be to make expert insight and commentary more accessible to audiences beyond academia. We are now inviting academics to submit short proposals for articles to be included in this publication. The deadline to submit initial pitches is 15 March 2021. 


  

University of Liverpool: Prosper Team – Research Staff Developer Grade 7 (2 posts)

Closing date: 15 Mar 21

The Prosper project is seeking two research staff developers. Prosper aims to develop a new approach to postdoc career development that unlocks postdocs’ potential to thrive in multiple career pathways.  The posts are available until March 2023.

 


  

Lendület I and II programmes grants

Hungarian Academy of Sciences | Magyar Tudományos Akadémia

These support international researchers in setting up research teams at host institutions in Hungary. The budget is HUF 460 million. Grants are worth between HUF 25 million per year and HUF 50m for up to five years.

Closing date: 16 Mar 21

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Travel awards for national travel

Institution of Engineering and Technology

These enable applicants to attend conferences and conduct research visits in the country they are based in. Up to two awards per round, worth £600 each, are available.

Closing date: 17 Mar 21

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Student and postdoctoral abstract award

American Society for Microbiology

These support members in attending the World Microbe Forum, to be held online 20 to 25 June 2021. Awards consist of complimentary meeting registration.

Closing date: 18 Mar 21

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FEMS-ASM Mäkelä-Cassell travel award

Federation of European Microbiological Societies

This supports one member from each organisation to present their research at the other organisation’s main conference. The award covers travel and living costs for one applicant.

Closing date: 18 Mar 21

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Webb fellowship using the James Webb space telescope

Science and Technology Facilities Council

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 4 March has been extended to 18 March 2021. All other call details remain unchanged. This fellowship enables individuals to carry out their own research programme using the James Webb space telescope. Two fellowships are available for up to five years. ***

Closing date: 18 Mar 21

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International bursaries

Antarctic Science

These support the career development of young scientists who are working in any field of Antarctic science. Awards are worth up to £6,000 each for up to two years.

Closing date: 19 Mar 21

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Transthyretin amyloid polyneuropathy research competitive grant programme for junior investigators

Pfizer

This supports research projects that focus on advancing the understanding of the epidemiology, basic science and early diagnosis and treatment of transthyretin amyloid polyneuropathy. Grants are worth up to USD 75,000 each for one year.

Closing date: 22 Mar 21

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Wellcome Trust: Reimagine Research Culture Festival

Monday 22nd – Friday 26th March 2021, Online, Free

It’s time to build a better research culture – one that is creative, inclusive and honest. Our free online festival from 22 to 26 March 2021 will bring together the research community to take action and help reimagine research.  Live panels and workshops, inspiring articles and pre-recorded talks. 

For further information and to sign-up visit the event webpage.

 


 

Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships

Wellcome

These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to start independent research careers in high-quality research environments. Fellowships include an award of £300,000 over four years on a full-time or part-time basis, covering the basic salary, a fellowship supplement of £2,500 per year for personal support and research expenses related to the proposal.

Closing date: 23 Mar 21

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LES College Compliance Officer Post – Secondment Opportunity

Expressions of interest are invited for the post of LES College Compliance Officer post (grade 7), as a 12 month secondment opportunity. The post will sit in the College Research and Knowledge Transfer Team and report directly to the Deputy Director of Operations (Research & Knowledge Transfer) with a dotted line to the Clinical Research Compliance Manager in the Clinical Research Compliance Team, where the post holder with spend 60% of their time.

A copy of the job description is here and informal enquiries about the role can be made directly to Victoria Cabrera-Sharp. Applications should be made with an up to date CV and a covering letter (of not more than 1-2 sides) setting out why you are interested together with the skills and experience you have to take on this role.  The closing date is Tuesday March 23rd at 5pm, and interviews will take place the week thereafter.

 


 

Young scientist travel awards – EMS annual meeting

European Meteorological Society

These awards enable young scientists to attend the society’s annual meeting, to be held from 3 to 10 September 2021. The award includes a registration fee waiver.

Closing date: 24 Mar 21

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Society conference grants – anaerobe focused meeting

Microbiology Society

These enable societal members to attend this year’s anaerobe-focused meeting with the topic: changing perception of anaerobic bacteria – from pathogen to the normal microbiota.

Closing date: 26 Mar 21
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Jisc Tech 2 Tech webinar on the European Open Science Cloud

Friday 26th March 2021, 1-2.30pm, Online

Learn more about the European Open Science Cloud and how it can benefit you.

 


 

Young plant scientist award

Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology

This recognises young scientists in the field of plant biology. Two awards are available, comprising €2,000 each and sponsorship to attend the plant biology Europe congress, where they are asked to give a talk.

Closing date: 26 Mar 21

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Sir Henry Dale fellowships

Wellcome

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 and usually provide around £1.2 million.

Closing date: 29 Mar 21

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Future food initiative fellowships

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

These support postdoctoral researchers in the domain of food and nutrition sciences in order to develop solutions that address major challenges in the field. Fellowships are worth up to CHF 390,000 each over three years.

Closing date: 31 Mar 21

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Gruber Foundation fellowship programme

International Astronomical Union

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

Closing date: 31 Mar 21

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Blue Charter Knowledge Exchange Training Programme

A bespoke course that aims to help enhance the impact of research dissemination activities undertaken by Early Career Researchers (ECR’s) working in Marine Science to promote best practice interventions and innovative solutions emerging from their area of research.

For more information, course overview and how to apply for the training programme, please click here.

Closing date: 31 March 21

 


 

Mining club award

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

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

Closing date: 31 Mar 21

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Mildred Blaxter postdoctoral fellowships

Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness

These enable individuals who have recently submitted or been awarded a PhD degree in the field of sociology of health and illness to disseminate the findings of their thesis, or to develop a new programme of work related to their thesis. Fellowships cover full salary costs for one year plus £2,500 for research and conference expenses.

Closing date: 31 Mar 21

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February 2021

COMING SOON: IMMANA career development fellowships

University of London

These fellowships support emerging leaders who are applying or validating new methodological approaches with mentors in ongoing research programmes related to agriculture, nutrition and health research in low- and middle-income countries. Six fellowships are available for a duration of one year.

Closing date: 01 Feb 21

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Fellowships

Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions

These support researchers who are validating and applying innovative methods and metrics to measure change and impacts of policy or programme interventions in agriculture, nutrition and health in LMICs. The fellowship lasts one year and includes a stipend of £40,800, a research allowance of £9,000 for travel and fieldwork  expenses and an honorarium of £2,100 to each of the mentors.

Closing date: 01 Feb 21

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IGTI young engineer Turbo Expo participation award

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

This enables young engineers to participate in the Turbo Expo Technical Conference. The award consist of complimentary registration to the conference, complimentary hotel accommodations, and up to USD 1,000 to cover expenses such as airfare, parking and non-conference meals.

Closing date: 01 Feb 21

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Excellence fellowship programme for international postdoctoral researchers

Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

This enables scholars in the fields of STEM, humanities and social sciences to join a research laboratory in Israel for two years. A total of 20 fellowships are available, each worth USD 47,000 per year for two years.

Closing date: 01 Feb 21

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ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Internal UoB deadline: 4pm, 5 Feb 21

The objective of this call is to provide support to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, 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.

For further information on the internal UoB process please contact the LES RSO.

 


 

Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme

The Software Sustainability Institute is inviting applications to become a fellow for 2021. The main goals of the programme are to improve computational practice and to promote this improvement across all disciplines.

Closing date: 7 Feb 21

If you wish to apply or find out more information please find it here.

 


 

Lindemann Trust fellowships

English-Speaking Union

These 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 five fellowships, worth USD 50,000 each over two years are available.

Closing date: 08 Feb 21

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NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) 2021 Pilot Project Grants Competition

The NERC Environmental Omics Facility provides access to omics capabilities (Genomics, Metabolomics and Proteomics) to the UK environmental research community. To help scientists working within the NERC remit to take advantage of these opportunities, NEOF is providing funding for small pilot/development projects that wish to access the latest genome sequencing technologies (Pacific BioSciences, Illumina and 10X Genomics).

This call is specifically for early career researchers (ECR) within NERC’s remit.

Potential applicants must send NEOF an Enquiry to discuss their specific requirements and obtain a formal quotation between Monday 18 January and Thursday 11 February 2021. Only applications where initial contact has taken place before Thursday 11 February will be considered.

 


  

Four-year research groups

Institut Pasteur

This enables early-career scientific researchers to carry out an innovative four-year research project at an Institut Pasteur network partner. Grants are worth up to €100,000 per year for up to four years.

Closing date: 12 Feb 21

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Cyber Defence Campus – distinguished postdoctoral fellowships

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne | École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

These enable postdoctoral scientists to complete a research project at the CYD campus under the supervision of a professor affiliated with a Swiss HEI. Fellowships provide salary cover, as well as CHF 3,000 towards research costs and CHF 6,000 towards conference costs, for up to two years.

Closing date: 15 Feb 21

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Baruch Blumberg grants in astrobiology

American Philosophical Society

These support graduate students and postdoctoral and early-career scientists in undertaking research in astrobiology. Grants will ordinarily range between USD 5,000 and USD 7,000.

Closing date: 16 Feb 21

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Early-career microbiologist award

Federation of European Microbiological Societies

This recognises early-career researchers that have realised an excellent body of research and research potential. The award includes free registration and a trave; grant to attend the FEMS congress, provided the awardee gives a congress

Closing date: 18 Feb 21

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Phoebe Leboy professional development award

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

This supports a young female investigator in attending the society’s annual meeting. The award is worth up to USD 2,000.

Closing date: 21 Feb 21

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Lee Kuan Yew postdoctoral fellowship

National University of Singapore

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

Closing date: 22 Feb 21

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Early-career fellowships

Leverhulme Trust

***Please note an internal selection process will apply.  Details can be found under the November 2020 accordion.***

These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. Approximately 100 fellowships are available.

Closing date: 25 Feb 21

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EuroTechPostdoc2 programme

EuroTech Universities

This provides fellows with international research and career development opportunities across four technical universities in Europe to further develop their individual potential. Fellowships include a monthly salary based on the salary scale of the host institution and last 24 months. Fellowships also include a research budget worth up to €8,000 and a collaboration and travel budget worth up to €6,000.

Closing date: 25 Feb 21

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Secondment bursary for early-career researchers

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

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 three months.

Closing date: 26 Feb 21

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Microorganisms Journal travel award

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

This enables PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to present their research in a microbiology-related field at an international conference in 2021. The award is worth CHF 800.

Closing date: 28 Feb 21

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Alan Higgins award

Micropalaeontological Society

This recognises a young scientist’s achievements in the field of applied and industrial micropalaeontology. The award is worth £300.

Closing date: 28 Feb 21

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Lloyd’s Science Of Risk Prize

Deadline extended to 28 February 2021

Lloyd's has launched a Science of Risk Prize competition and is seeking entries from top researchers and academics around the world. 

The Prize is looking for papers related to:

  • Climate Change
  • Pandemics
  • Geopolitics
  • Reputation
  • Cyber

Researchers at all levels of their career within universities, institutions and government research departments are eligible to enter.

For further information on how to enter, please click here.