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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 for Postdoctoral and Early Career Researchers, including Fellowships and Funding

  

English Speaking Union: Lindemann Trust Fellowships

Closing Date: 14th February 2019 (forecast)

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

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

Up to three one-year fellowships, worth USD 50,000 each, plus £1,000 towards each fellow’s airfare are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

NERC: Evidence Synthesis to inform Policy and Business Decision-Making Course

14th February 2019, CEH Wallingford

This one day course will introduce you to Evidence Synthesis. It will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to carry out an Evidence Review Synthesis for an area of Natural Environment research of your personal interest. You will gain and improve skills in undertaking an evidence review – from inception and question formulation with clients, to undertaking a systematic search and data extraction, and reporting. We will also cover the nature and application of different synthesis methodologies within different evidence contexts, policy research, evidence synthesis, mapping and meta-analysis. The training involved hands-on group exercises in developing review questions and undertaking a review. It also includes some FREE online learning.

For more information and to sign up please visit the event webpage.  

 


 

UKRI: Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme

EPS Internal Deadline: 18th February 2019
LES Internal Deadline: 28th February 2019

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories. 

Scheme overview:

  • Aimed at early career academics and innovators who are transitioning to / establishing independence (senior academics are not permitted to apply).
  • Long-term support (4+3 year model of funding) for early-career researchers across disciplines, sectors (Industry-linked fellowships are encouraged), and countries.
  • Flexible in supporting non-traditional career pathways, those who have had career breaks, or wish to work part time.
  • No eligibility rules based on years since PhD or whether the applicant currently holds a permanent/open-ended academic position or job role.
  • Applicants must have significant support from their hosting organisation(s).

Up to £1.2m (first four years) - anything higher, the applicant must discuss with UKRI office staff

EPS Internal Process:

  • Confirm Head of School support, and contact the Research Facilitator in your School for grant development support a.s.a.p. All supported applicants are expected to also work with an academic mentor, identified by the School, in the development of their proposals.
  • Completed, 1) CV, 2) 2-4 page Internal Outline Case for Support (templates must be obtained from EPS RSO), and, 3) an outline cost (Excel or Word) to be sent to your Research Support Partner for EPS, Paul Reay (P.Reay@bham.ac.uk) by 1200 on Monday 18 February 2019. Match funding equipment requests and other required resources (e.g. laboratory space) should be identified at this stage.

LES Internal Process:

If you are interested in applying for a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship via the College of Life & Environmental Sciences then you will need to complete the following internal documents:

  • EoI form (template must be obtained from LES RSO)
  • Outline Case for Support (template must be obtained from LES RSO)
  • CV (2 pages)
  • Publications List

These completed documents need to be submitted to Victoria Cabrera-Sharp (V.Cabrera-Sharp@bham.ac.uk) by end of day on Thursday 28th February

Deadline for submission of full applications is 30th May 2019.

 


 

STFC: Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement

Closing Date: 21st February 2019

The Science and Technology Facilities Council invites applications for its leadership fellows in public engagement call. This enables researchers in an STFC-funded area of science and technology to deliver a prolonged, thematic programme of public engagement at an institution, covering multiple different events and activities. The aim is to create a network of highly-skilled practitioners of public engagement with STFC science who inspire and involve colleagues, students, and the public, in their activities, as well as highlight the achievements of STFC science and technology, demonstrating the excitement of research and the value of STEM to the UK. A substantial part of the activities must also be concerned with leadership and capacity building.

Researchers at a UK research organisation, who have a track record of either research in an STFC-funded area of science and technology or research that has been underpinned by use of STFC’s national or international laboratories and facilities, may apply. Applicants must have a demonstrable record of success in planning, delivering, and evaluating public engagement activities to a wide range of audiences. Leadership Fellows must be in the employment of their host research organisation when the fellowship commences or have approached an appropriate research organisation to host the Fellowship upon application.

Grants are worth up to £100,000 for an estimated period of three years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

ESRC: Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

Internal Deadline: 22nd February 2019

The Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP is now inviting applications for this scheme and we have updated the Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage on the Midlands Graduate School DTP website to reflect this. This contains the Postdoctoral Fellowship application form, alongside the Call Specification, FAQs document and Equality and Diversity Form, and outlines the steps that candidates need to take in order to apply. However, please also find attached these documents for ease of reference.

The call is open to applicants who:

·       have completed or are expected to complete their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT

·       have either been awarded a PhD by the submission deadline (22nd March 2019), or have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections by the submission deadline (22nd March 2019), with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date (1st October 2019)

·       have no more than 12 months of active postdoctoral experience by the closing date of the competition (22nd March 2019)

At least one Postdoctoral Fellowship will be aligned with the Government’s Industrial Strategy. This award can address skills gaps – advanced quantitative methods and data skills/science - or a programme of activities that involves direct engagement with partners in business or industry (for example, a placement opportunity or the development of a collaboration research project). Therefore, if an applicant’s proposed project has an alignment with the Industrial Strategy as outlined above, we recommend that this is addressed clearly within the application, and the project developed accordingly.

There is also some Birmingham-specific information related to this call, as this year we have introduced some internal deadlines for this scheme.

For assistance in working out costings for the Justification of Resources section of the application, applicants and mentors should contact their College Research Support Office. The College contacts are:

CoSS – Ipshita Ghose (i.ghose@bham.ac.uk)

CAL – Liese Perrin (l.m.perrin@bham.ac.uk)

LES – Jason Hutton (j.hutton@bham.ac.uk)

Anyone intending to apply for a PDF position at the University of Birmingham should note that there will be an internal deadline, Friday 22nd February, by which time they will be expected to have contacted the relevant Research Support Office about their application. The Research Support Offices will not be able to support applicants who contact them after this date. Assistance with costings must be requested by Friday 8th March.

All other administrative queries should be directed to Ashleigh Skelhorn (studentships@contacts.bham.ac.uk) in the first instance.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

  


 

Leverhulme Trust: Early Career Fellowships

Closing Date: 28th February 2019

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

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

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

Please note that there is an internal process for candidates in LES, please contact A.ChatzopoulouChatzi@bham.ac.uk.  Candidates in EPS should contact the EPS RSO for details of any internal process which may be in place for EPS.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

London Mathematical Society: Early-Career Travel Grants

Closing Date: 28th February 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

EuroTech Universities: EuroTech Postdoc Programme

Closing Date: 28th February 2019

The EuroTech Universities Alliance invites applications for its EuroTechPostdoc programme. This provides fellows with international research and career development opportunities across four leading technical universities in Europe to further develop their individual potential into a distinct, innovative and competitive researcher profile. Applicants may apply within one of the five focus research areas:

•health and bioengineering;

•smart and urban mobility;

•data science and engineering;

•high performance computing;

•entrepreneurship and innovation.

Fellowships are tenable at the following universities: Technical University of Denmark, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Eindhoven University of Technology and Technical University of Munich.

Fellowships include a monthly salary based on the salary scale of the host institution and lasts 24 months. Each participating university grants 10 fellowships.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Premium Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowships:

Closing Date: 28th February 2019 (Forecast)

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

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

In 2018, the total budget for the call was HUF 300 million for 27 or 28 fellowships. The salary was HUF 600,000 per month for three years, with up to HUF 2.4m per year for other expenses including equipment, conferences, travel and accommodation.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Douglas Bromford Trust: Project Grants over £1,500

Closing Date: 1st March 2019

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

•education, training, research and knowledge transfer;

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

•travel to acquire or disseminate knowledge;

•development and maintenance of professional competencies;

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Society of Biology: Travel Grants for Early Career Members

Closing Date: 1st March 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Institute of Physics: Early Career Researchers Fund

Closing Date: 1st March 2019

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

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

Bursaries are worth up to £300.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 4th March 2019 (Forecast)

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 4th March 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

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

Closing Date: 4th March 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

  


 

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

Closing Date: 4th March 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 5th March 2019

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

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

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

 


 

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

Closing Date: 8th March 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.


 

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 13th March 2019 (Forecast)

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Society International Exchanges

Closing Date: 13th March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 


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

Closing Date: 15th March 2019

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

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

  • your name and School
  • a brief description of your research area
  • summary of your career status and future aspirations
  • why you consider yourself to be from an under-represented group
  • what you plan to use the 3 month period for (Note that the 3 months will need to be taken before the end of 2019)
  • any external organisations (e.g. industry placements) or collaborators that would be involved
  • when you would plan to take the three month extension
  • emails from your current project supervisor and Head of School/Department giving their support

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

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

 


 

Foulkes Foundation: Fellowships

Closing Date: 15th March 2019 (forecast)

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 25th March 2019

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

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

Awards cover the following expenses:

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

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Science Media Centre: Introduction to the News Media

Event Date: 27th March 2019

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

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

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

  • how and why scientists and journalists should engage with each other
  • how journalists find stories
  • top tips for dealing with the media
  • the role of the press officer
  • the role of the news editor

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

Register your interest

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

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

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

 


 

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

Closing Date: 1st April 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 1st April 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 17th April 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Society of Edinburgh / BBSRC: BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 17th April 2019 (forecast)

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 24th April 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

MRC: Career Development Award

Closing Date: 25th April 2019

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

•Multiple Sclerosis Society;

•Parkinson’s UK;

•Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health;

•Tuberous Sclerosis Association.

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 25th April 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 26th April 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 30 April 2019 (forecast)

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Society of Edinburgh: BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st May 2019 (forecast)

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

MRC: New Investigator Grant – Molecular and Cellular Medicine

Closing Date: 2nd May 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

BBSRC: David Phillips Fellowships

Closing Date: 9th May 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

BBSRC: Discovery Fellowship

Closing Date: 9th May 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Science Foundation Ireland: ELITE-S Fellowships

Closing Date: 31 May 2019

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

•Dublin City University;

•Dublin Institute of Technology;

•University College Dublin;

•Trinity College Dublin.

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

The fellowship is for a period of two years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Academy of Engineering: Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 24th September 2019 (forecast)

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

NERC: Introduction to Metabolomics for the Microbiologist Course Bursaries

Closing Date: 8th October 2019

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

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

Bursaries cover registration fee, travel and accommodation.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Opportunities with No Deadline

 

Daphne Jackson Trust: Fellowships

No Deadline

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

EPSRC: Fellowships

No Deadline

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

BBSRC: International Travel Award Scheme

No Deadline

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


  

Institute of Physics: Carers’ Fund

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Funding for Public Engagement Activities 


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

 

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

 

Previous Opportunities from the Past Three Months

 

February 2019

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

Closing Date: 1st February 2019

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

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

Two awards, worth £2,000 each, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

L’Oréal UK & Ireland: Fellowships for Women in Science

Closing Date: 1st February 2019

L’Oréal UK and Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society, invite applications for the L’Oréal UK and Ireland fellowships for women in science. These promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the UK or Ireland in the fields of the life and physical sciences, including mathematics and engineering.

Female early career researchers who have already been awarded their research doctorate in the fields of life, physical and computer sciences, engineering and mathematics may apply. Applicants must have no more than 10 years' active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience and must not currently hold, or have ever held a permanent academic post in the past, or have received, before the start date of the award, the promise of a permanent academic post. Applications are invited from citizens of any country, however, applicants must already have a confirmed contract covering the 12-month period of the fellowship at a university or research institute within the UK or Ireland and must already be residing within the UK or Ireland at the time of application. Psychology, science education and social sciences candidates are not eligible.

Five fellowships, worth £15,000 each, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Software Sustainability Institute: Fellowship Programme 2019

Closing Date: 3rd February 2019

The Programme funds researchers and individuals passionate about research software use and/or development. Our Fellows also develop skills and knowledge around software sustainability network with like-minded individuals from a wide variety of research areas.

How to apply

Raniere Silva, Institute Community Officer, has written a detailed blog post on the application process.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be giving more tips and publishing posts from our Fellows on why to apply on the Institute blog. Keep an eye out for those! 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

College of Medical and Dental Sciences: Research and Knowledge Transfer Project Officer

Closing Date: 4th February 2019

The Research and Knowledge Transfer (R&KT) Office in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences (MDS) is seeking a proactive individual who has an interest in research, who can provide dedicated support to the Head of R&KT.  The R&KT Office is responsible for all aspects of research management and administration across the College of MDS and we are looking for an individual who can provide support across a variety of important projects.  The post holder will be responsible for undertaking specific project work focusing on, but not limited to, the College’s preparations for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and in particular providing dedicated support to the development of the College’s impact case studies.  This will involve having regular meetings with case study authors, reviewing draft case studies and providing feedback and support with the redrafting.  The post-holder will also support other aspects of the REF planning process, internal and external research-related communications, and data analysis and report writing.  This is a unique opportunity for an individual with an interest in or experience of research to gain valuable experience of research management and administration, working on a wide variety of projects and activities. 

For further information on how to apply please see the attached document and visit the University Recruitment webpages.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 7th February 2019

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 invites applications for its research fellowships in science or engineering. These give early-career scientists or engineers the opportunity to conduct an innovative research project of their own instigation.

Research may be carried out in any of the physical or biological sciences, mathematics, applied science or any branch of engineering. Applications from qualified engineering researchers are particularly encouraged.

Applicants must hold a recent PhD degree or equivalent qualification, or be in the final stages of their PhD studies, and have no more than three years of postdoctoral experience. PhDs must be completed before the award is confirmed. Fellowships are normally held at UK institutions approved by the commissioners, and the institution may not be the same where the candidate’s PhD research was undertaken.

Approximately 10 fellowships are available for up to three years, one of which is designated the Brunel fellowship for a project in an academic engineering environment. Fellows receive funding of £144,000 over three years, or £156,000 if institutions are based in central London or overseas. An additional allowance of £6,000 per year is provided for research associated costs, including equipment, consumables and travel to present at conferences. They may choose to become employed at the institution for the duration of the fellowship or have self-employed visiting researcher status.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

January 2019

Biochemical Society: General Travel Grants

Closing Date: 1st January 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Federation of European Microbiological Societies: Research and Training Grant

Closing Date: 1st January 2019 (forecast)

The Federation of European Microbiological Societies invites applications for its research and training grant. This supports early career scientists in pursuing research and training at a European host institution.

Applicants active in microbiology may apply. Applicants must be FEMS members, having obtained their highest degree less than five years prior to the application deadline, or be a PhD student. Research and training visits must be conducted in a European country other than the fellow’s country of residence.

Grants are worth up to €4,000 each and cover travel and living costs.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Leverhulme Trust: Early Career Fellowships – LES Internal Competition

Internal Deadline: 7th January 2019

The College of Life and Environmental Science has taken the decision to support up to 4 candidates to apply to the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship round in 2019 (deadline 28th February). As such we will be running an internal competition (details below) to put forward the strongest candidates from across the College. 

The Trust tends to favour candidates who are moving institution. If applicants wish to remain at Birmingham they must clearly explain the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the University (e.g. work with highly specialised research group or access specialist equipment).

These fellowships provide funding for 50% of the Fellow's salary for up to 3 years, plus up to £6,000/year for research expenses. The scheme is open to those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination after 28th February 2015. Applicants must either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of the application deadline must hold a fixed term academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship, Post-doc) which commenced before October 2018. Applicants must not yet have held a permanent academic post within a UK university. 

The internal process will be as follows:

  • 12-noon Monday 7th January - Deadline for internal applications (comprising of a 250 word summary of previous research, 2-page case for support, applicant CV incl. publications)
  • Outcome of internal process and feedback to candidates expected week commencing 21st January
  • Leverhulme deadline 28th February

Please liaise with Finance for salary costs before the 17th December regardless of the outcome of your application through the internal selection process. The salary costs in this case are simple to calculate, it is a full time fellowship for 3 years (apologies it is not up to 3 years, shorter fellowships are not permitted) and the only thing you need to consider is the start date of the project which can be between 1st Sept and 1st May 2020 (start date has a bearing on salary costs).

Internal applications should be submitted via email to a.chatzopoulouchatzi@bham.ac.uk by 12-noon on Monday 7th January.

 


 

British Science Festival 2018 Award Lectures

Closing Date for Nominations: 7th January 2019.

Nominations are now open for the 2019 British Science Festival Award Lectures.  The British Science Association has been rewarding promising early career scientists for over 20 years, many of whom are now successful science communicators. Previous Award Lecturers include Brian CoxRichard Wiseman and Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

The Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion on issues involving science and actively encourage scientists to explore the social aspects of their research. The nominees should be active, early career researchers who are skilled in communicating their research and who are able to present their Award Lecture during the British Science Festival, 10-13 September 2019, hosted by the University of Warwick. 

Nominations for the 2019 Award Lectures are now open. If you have any questions, please read our Award Lecture FAQs or get in contact. Please submit your nomination using this form.

Applications are also open for Activity Proposals (info here, apply here).

 


 

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

Closing Date: 8th January 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Graduate Women in Science, US: National Fellowships

Closing Date: 11th January 2019

Graduate Women in Science invites applications for its national fellowships. These promote increased knowledge in the natural sciences and encourage research careers in the sciences by women.

Applicants should be women who hold a degree from a recognised institute of higher learning and perform research at any institution in the world. Applicants must be members of GWIS or they are required to pay an application fee of USD 50 to apply if non-members.

Fellowships are each worth up to USD 10,000 over one academic year. Funding may cover expendable supplies, small equipment, publication of research findings, field studies travel support and subsistence, or travel to another laboratory for collaborative research

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Wellcome Trust ISSF – Career Development Hub

Closing Date: 11th January 2019

Please note that this round of the ISSF Career Development Hub has limited funding available.

Through the ISSF the University is now establishing a Life Sciences-focused Career Development Hub, mirroring the broad research remit of the Wellcome Trust in terms of support and funding eligibility.

The key themes within this are: effective management of critical career transition points where researchers are vulnerable; support for increased flexibility and responsiveness to research opportunities; further support to promote development of skills and collaborations, particularly interdisciplinary; and ensuring equality and diversity in research careers.

There are four funding streams available via the Career Development Hub:

Accelerator Fellowships
Excellent researchers at either the late PhD or postdoctoral stage of their careers can apply for personal salary support and up to £25,000 per year research pump-priming and mobility funding to establish a competitive position for external Fellowship applications.

Critical Data Awards
Excellent researchers across any of our highlighted career stages can apply for funding awards of up to £15,000 (early-career) or £25,000 (mid-career) to deliver key experiments or other research work which either provides compelling pilot data for a specified external application, or supplements existing data to enable publication in a high-impact journal.

Global Mobility
Collaboration and experience outside the UK is essential to deliver world-leading research, and funders are placing increased emphasis on global partnerships which directly address issues specific to regions such as Low & Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Excellent researchers at any of our highlighted career stages are therefore encouraged to apply for Mobility awards of up to £10,000.

Continuity Awards
Excellent researchers may face a multitude of challenges, within and without the University environment. We wish to offer support for return to work for ECRs/MCRs after responsibilities such as maternity/paternity leave, but also caring for sick family members or other difficult personal circumstances.

How to apply:
All applications to the ISSF Career Development Hub must be submitted via the online application form.

Further information about all four Career Development Hub streams are available on our intranet site.

 


 

European Society for Evolutionary Biology: Godfrey Hewitt Mobility Award

Closing Date: 14th January 2019

The European Society for Evolutionary Biology invites applications for the Godfrey Hewitt mobility award. This enables PhD or postdoctoral students to conduct fieldwork or research at a facility they have not previously visited.

Applicants must be ESEB members within six years of the start date of their PhD. Applicants who are more than six years from the start date of their PhD may apply, if they have had career breaks or for other reasons have not worked continuously. Applicants may be of any nationality.

The award is worth up to €2,000.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

European Society for Evolutionary Biology: John Maynard Smith Prize

Closing Date: 15th January 2019

The European Society for Evolutionary Biology invites nominations for the John Maynard Smith prize. This recognises a young researcher in any field of evolutionary biology.

Candidates must have begun their PhD after 1 January 2012. Nominees who are more than seven years from the start of their PhD may be considered if they have had career breaks taken for family, caring or health reasons. Candidates may be nominated by a colleague or be self-nominated.

The award includes a cash prize worth €2,500, and the possibility of a junior fellowship of generally three months at the Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin. The prize winner is expected to attend the Joint Evolution congress where they will deliver the John Maynard Smith lecture, for which the society will cover registration, accommodation and travel expenses.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics: Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 15th January 2019

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics invites applications for its condensed matter and statistical physics postdoctoral fellowships. These support research by young scientists of any nationality who hold a PhD in physics or a related discipline.

Candidates who have obtained their PhD after 2014 will be given priority.

Funding is available for two years with the possibility of renewal for one more year. Fellows are encouraged and will be supported to participate in activities in developing countries.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Harvard University: Belfer Centre Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 16th January 2019 (forecast)

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, at the Harvard University John F Kennedy School of Government, invites applications for its fellowships. These support individuals who wish to devote their time to research and writing in the fields of science and international affairs.

The centre offers both predoctoral and postdoctoral research fellowships. Fellows research a wide variety of topics, ranging from security issues such as nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to climate change and energy policy. Applications are welcomed from recent recipients of a PhD or equivalent degree, university faculty members, and employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions who have appropriate professional experience. Political scientists, lawyers, economists, those in the natural sciences, and others of diverse disciplinary backgrounds are eligible to apply. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to complete a book, monograph or other significant publication during their period in residence. Predoctoral research fellows are expected to contribute to the centre's research activities and work on their doctoral dissertations. Fellows are expected to work collaboratively with other centre researchers.

Stipends for research fellows vary by programme and project. Non-stipendiary appointments are also offered. Fellowships are tenable for ten months, with a possibility for renewal.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Institute of Engineering and Technology: Travel Awards

Closing Date: 21st January 2019 (forecast)

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

Applicants must have been members of the institution for a minimum of one year at the date of application.

Two awards are available for every round.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

National University of Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew Postdoctoral Fellowship

Closing Date: 23rd January 2019 (forecast)

The National University of Singapore invites applications for the Lee Kuan Yew postdoctoral fellowship. This promotes the development of young and outstanding academics in science, medicine and engineering. Research interest should fit in one of the following areas:

  • •computing
  • engineering
  • medicine
  • public health
  • science
  • Duke-NUS Medical School

Applicants must be new or recently graduated PhDs and have strong research training with at most one postdoctoral stay from a reputable university.

Fellowship holders will receive staff benefits akin to that provided to other academic staff for research support. The fellowship is tenable for up to three years and the gross salary ranges from SGD 72.000 to SGD 165,000. Research teams succeeding in having their candidates selected as Lee Kuan Yew fellows may apply for additional research funding of up to SGD 180,000 for consumables, equipment, conference travel and other operating expenditure

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

BIG Little Event

Event Date: 24th January 2019, 10am - 4:30pm, Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum

The Little Event is a BIG’s (British Interactive Group) one-day training session for people who are new to STEM communication, whether you work in a science centre or museum, volunteer for a festival, are involved in university outreach, or do anything else to engage people with science, technology, engineering and maths. The day is crammed with introductory sessions focusing on developing the different skills that are useful in STEM communication; they are delivered by experienced science communicators following BIG's usual hands-on approach.

But of course, it isn't just about the sessions, it’s the people you meet there, too. The Little Event also presents a great opportunity to meet people from across the UK working in similar roles and sharing similar experiences. The programme for the day includes sessions on Networking, Managing Projects, Presenting, Audience analysis and Careers.

The Little Event takes place in early January and costs £45 for BIG members. If you are not a member, you need to join BIG to attend the Little Event and the cost for this is £30. Join BIG now

Not sure if the Little Event is for you? See more information here: More about the Little Event.

Register for the Little Event.

 


 

EPSRC: Early Career Research Workshop

Closing Date: 25th January 2019

EPSRC seeks expressions of interest for attendance at a one-day workshop for early career researchers.  The aim of the workshop is to engage with key members of academia and industry, and other stakeholders to inform future strategy for this part of the Mathematical Sciences portfolio.

  • To discuss the peer review process and the role of early career researchers within it
  • To identify key aspects and criteria of the EPSRC funding mechanisms for early career researchers and how to access them.
  • To gain an input from early career researchers into future strategy for mathematical sciences

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 26 March 2019. Venue to be confirmed.

Expressions of interest to attend are welcome from academics, industrialists, and other stakeholders at the early career stage. As places are limited, the expressions of interest received will be reviewed by an internal EPSRC selection process to ensure a diverse representation of attendees across disciplines, career stages and organizations.

EPSRC are committed to a policy of equal opportunities and will also consider this when selecting attendees. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

NERC: Activity 2 Ideas Workshop

Closing Date for Applications: 28th January 2019

NERC invites applications from PhD students and early career researchers (ECRs)[1] to participate in an ideas workshop with experienced academics and innovators, which will help generate novel research and innovation ideas that extend the reach and impact of the UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS).

Following a light-touch open competition application process, up to 24 PhD students / ECRs will be selected to participate in a one-day workshop, which will take place at the National Railway Museum in York on Wednesday 27 February 2019 between 10:00-16:30 (registration from 09:30; indicative timing).

Funding is available to reimburse eligible travel and subsistence costs (exceptional costs, for example unarranged / additional childcare, will be considered) associated with workshop attendance. Successful applicants will be informed of further details and the agenda of the workshop when they become available.

For further information and how to apply visit the event webpage.

 


 

Biochemical Society: Early Career Research Awards

Closing Date: 31st January 2019

The Biochemical Society invites nominations for its early-career research awards. These recognise the impact of research carried out by early-career scientists who have produced international quality research outputs.

Nominees should have no more than six years postdoctoral research experience. The majority of the research must have been carried out in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Awards are worth £1,000 each and include a medal, the delivery of a lecture at a society conference and an invitation to submit an article at a society-owned publication.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage

December 2018

Institute of Physics: Early Career Researchers’ Fund

Closing Date: 1st December 2018

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

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

Bursaries are worth up to £300. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 

Royal Academy of Engineering: Charles M Vest Scholarships

Closing Date: 31 December 2018

PhD graduates and current post-docs may apply for a postdoctoral Vest Scholarship at Olin College in the grand challenge area of advancing personalised learning.

The following non-US institutions are eligible:

•any UK university with graduate engineering programme;

•University of Adelaide, Australia

•Chinese University of Hong Kong

•King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

•Taylor’s University, Malaysia

•Tsinghua University, China.

Funding covers living, travel and tuition expenses for the 12-month duration of the scholarship. Access to the laboratory of a leading faculty scholar, and relevant engineering classes and academic credit towards a graduate degree may also be included. 10 scholarships, one in each of the 10 partner US institutions, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 

 


  

Job Opportunity: Higher Activity Waste Programme Technical Integrator, Radioactive Waste Management

Closing Date: 3rd December 2018

Radioactive Waste Management Ltd require a Technical Integrator to support a number of work packages and tasks within the HAW programme. Reporting to the Project Manager and working in close liaison with RWM’s specialists as well as site license companies and other contractors across the wider supply chain, you will contribute to the management and technical delivery of the Higher Activity Waste programme.

Integrating inputs from a broad spectrum of disciplines, you will provide support for the production and maintenance of waste package specification as well as the effective engagement with a variety of key stakeholders at varying levels both internal and external to the organisation, central to helping RWM deliver on its objectives.

Postdocs should note the following points:

  • Know you probably can do it and are capable.
  • Don’t be put off by the salary and benefits.
  • Know this is your chance to be involved in a national infrastructure project.
  • Know it’s all about the transferable skills! 

For more information visit the recruitment webpage.

 


 

Centre for Mathematical Research, Canada: CRM-ISM Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 7th December 2018

The Centre for Mathematical Research (CRM), in partnership with the Institut des Sciences Mathématiques, invites applications for the CRM-ISM postdoctoral fellowships. These support researchers who have recently obtained, or are expecting to obtain, a PhD in the mathematical sciences. Applications are welcome in all fields of research in which the CRM and the ISM are actively involved.   Applicants must have obtained a PhD after 1 May 2015. Applicants who are not currently registered at one of the ISM member universities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Fellowships include a stipend worth a minimum of CAD 40,000 per year and an annual amount of CAD 1,000 to cover participation costs in conferences. The fellowship is renewable for a second year.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Microbiology Society: Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition

Closing Date: 10th December 2018

The Society for General Microbiology invites applications for the Sir Howard Dalton young microbiologist of the year competition. This recognises science communicators presenting a poster or offered paper at the society’s annual conference, which will take place from 8 to 11 April 2019, in Belfast, UK.

Applicants must be members of the society who are postgraduates or postdoctoral researchers, and who have gained their PhD in the last two years.

First, second and third prizes, worth £500, £200 and £100, respectively, are available. Finalists are invited to give a 10-minute oral presentation at the final at the meeting. All finalists receive a year's free society membership.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.