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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.***

March 2021

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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.

Book now »

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

April 2021

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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)

Link to *Research Professional

 

May 2021

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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)

Link to *Research Professional

September 2021

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

Link to *Research Professional

 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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.

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 

Previous Opportunities from the Past Three Months

 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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)

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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.

January 2021

NOAA climate and global change postdoctoral fellowship programme

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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.

Closing date: 08 Jan 21

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

Leverhulme Trust Study abroad studentships

Deadline – 11th January 2021

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its study abroad studentships. These enable students to undertake an extended period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning anywhere in the world except for the UK and USA. All subject areas may be considered, with the exception of studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans or animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.

 


  

National fellowships

Graduate Women in Science

These support women scientists conducting research in the natural sciences. Fellowships are each worth up to USD 10,000 over one academic year.

Closing date: 11 Jan 21

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

New investigator research grant – molecular and cellular medicine

Medical Research Council

This supports researchers who are capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are ready to take the next step towards that goal within the areas of molecular and cellular medicine. Grants are tenable for three years.

Closing date: 12 Jan 21

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

New investigator research grant – infections and immunity

Medical Research Council

This supports researchers who are capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are ready to take the next step towards that goal within the areas of infections and immunity. Grants are tenable for three years and include salary, support for consumables and equipment, and travel costs.

Closing date: 13 Jan 21

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

DEADLINE BROUGHT FORWARD: Public engagement nucleus awards

Science and Technology Facilities Council

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been brought forward. The previous deadline of 21 January has been brought forward to 14 January 2021. All other call details remain unchanged. These awards support novel public engagement programmes that inspire and involve target audiences with stories of STFC science and technology, and build and sustain public engagement networks that develop communities of practice. Awards are worth up to £100,000 each. ***

Closing date: 14 Jan 21

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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.

Closing date: 14 Jan 21

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Early career fellowships

London Mathematical Society

This supports early-career mathematicians who are transitioning between a PhD and postdoctoral position. Up to eight fellowships worth £1,200 per month for three to six months are available and include an additional travel allowance of £800.

Closing date: 14 Jan 21

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Fellowship programme

New Harvest

This supports basic science research in cellular agriculture at the doctoral or postdoctoral level.

Closing date: 15 Jan 21

 

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Postdoctoral fellowships

Lalor Foundation

These support new researchers in establishing scientific and teaching careers in order to become independently funded in the field of mammalian reproductive biology as related to the regulation of fertility. Fellowships are worth USD 52,000 each per year, generally for one year.

Closing date: 15 Jan 21

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BBSRC/Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Network – Pump Priming Grants, plus Business and Networking Vouchers

Deadline: 15th January 2020, 5pm

Value of award: Up to £20,000 for pump priming project of 3-9 months duration

The Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Network is providing a range of BBSRC funding opportunities to its members. These comprise pump priming funds for feasibility studies and preliminary data collection to facilitate new collaborations (with emphasis on industry involvement and multidisciplinary) including ring-fenced funds for Early Career Researchers (ECRs), Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV) and Networking Visit Funding (NVF).

 


  

Godfrey Hewitt mobility award

European Society for Evolutionary Biology

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.

Closing date: 15 Jan 21

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Mpala postdoctoral fellowship

Smithsonian Institution

This promotes the study of biology, anthropology, geology, hydrology, material science, social science, soil science or related areas in an topic appropriate to Mpala. The fellowship provides a stipend of USD 50,400 per year for a period of one or two years.

Closing date: 15 Jan 21

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Jasper Loftus-Hills young investigator’s award

American Society of Naturalists

This recognises accomplishments of young investigators who conduct integrative work in the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology and genetics. Four awards are available and include a USD 700 cash prize, a travel allowance of USD 700, the cost of registration for the meetings, and a supplement of USD 500 in case of intercontinental travel.

Closing date: 15 Jan 21

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Eppendorf award for young European investigators

Eppendorf AG

This recognises contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts. The award includes €20,000.

Closing date: 16 Jan 21

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COMING SOON: Godfrey Hewitt mobility award

European Society for Evolutionary Biology

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next deadline is expected to be announced in late-2020. The following information is subject to change. This award 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. ***

Closing date: 17 Jan 21  (Forecast)

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Norman Heatley award

Royal Society of Chemistry

This recognises contributions made by an early career scientist working at the chemistry and life science interface. The award includes £3,000 and a UK lecture tour.

Closing date: 18 Jan 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: 18 Jan 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: 18 Jan 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: 18 Jan 21

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Population and systems medicine – new investigator research grant

Medical Research Council

This supports researchers capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are ready to take the next step towards that goal within the areas of population and systems medicine. Grants are tenable for three years; however, in exceptional cases applications for longer periods of time may be accepted.

Closing date: 20 Jan 21

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Research fellowships for early-career scientists

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

This supports early-career scientists or engineers in conducting a research project of their own instigation, to contribute to the knowledge-base required for a healthy and innovative national culture. Approximately eight fellowships are available.

Closing date: 20 Jan 21

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New investigator research grant – neurosciences and mental health

Medical Research Council

This supports researchers who are capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are ready to take the next step towards that goal within neurosciences and mental health. Grants are tenable for three years.

Closing date: 27 Jan 21

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International postdoctoral programme

Forte – Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare | Forte – Forskningsrådet för hälsa, arbetsliv och välfärd

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.

Closing date: 28 Jan 21

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UKRI ECR Forum

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is calling on postdoctoral researchers, research associates and other early career researchers to join its new Early Career Researcher Forum.

The forum will give researchers a voice in UKRI’s strategy, policy development and decision making. This forum is open to researchers who identify themselves as employed as early career researchers:
Closing date: 6pm, 29 Jan 21

 


  

Postdoctoral fellowship programme for research in Japan – short-term

Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences | Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien

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.

Closing date: 31 Jan 21

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Early-career fellowship programme in life sciences

Ministry of Education, Universities and Research | Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca

This supports early-career researchers in the field of life sciences in beginning their own independent research projects at Italian universities or research institutes. Fellowships are worth €200,000 per year for up to five years.

Closing date: 31 Jan 21

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Merck Innovation Cup 2021

Closing date: 31 Jan 21

From June 26th – July 2nd, 2021, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a vibrant science & technology company with a more than 350 years long history, will be hosting the 11th edition of the Merck Innovation Cup near Frankfurt, Germany. In case the pandemic situation would not allow in-person meetings, the event would take place online.

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for post-graduate students and young professionals in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany. All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by Merck. The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their team. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior managers and researchers and accomplished retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Drug Discovery Technologies, Digitalization, and Pandemic Preparedness. At the first day of the summer camp a conference with alumni from previous editions of the Innovation Cup will be organized.

Postdocs and post-graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical and chemical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan, plus EUR 5,000 for the runner-up.

Most convincing project plans might potentially be implemented and top performing participants be offered a permanent position at Merck.

 


  

ARISE – career accelerator for research infrastructure scientists

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

This supports experienced professionals with a background in science, technology, engineering or mathematics who wish to advance technology development in the life sciences and to receive training to operate life science research infrastructures. Twenty fellowships will be available each year.

Closing date: 31 Jan 21

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