Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

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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.***

May 2020

Young scientist travel awards – Satellite Conference

European Meteorological Society

These enables young scientists to attend the Satellite Conference from 28 September to 2 October 2020 in Würzburg, Germany. The award is worth €500 to cover travel expenditures.

Closing date: 27 May 20

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Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships: UoB internal selection process

Deadline: 31st May 2020

 These highly prestigious five-year Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering by providing support for high-quality candidates to become future research leaders.  Please note that new applicant guidance (2020/21) will become available in early July 2020 so it is important that you check all the details at that point. Applicant Guidance (2019/20) is available here: https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/raeng-research-fellowship/how-to-apply

Briefly:

  • The scheme is open to applicants from all branches of engineering who completed their PhD and have up to four years postdoctoral experience.
  • The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position (including fixed-term lecturers).
  • There are no nationality restrictions.
  • Applications are capped at £500,000 over the five-year period at 80% fEC.

Benefits include:

  • Freedom to concentrate on basic research in any field of engineering.
  • Time to establish a track record in the field.
  • Restrictions of your teaching and administrative duties, enabling you to dedicate your time to research.
  • The services of a mentor (a Fellow of the Academy) to offer advice and support.
  • Networking with other Research Fellows.

Only three to five submissions per institution are allowed. The total depends on whether any applicants meet one of the two exceptions, explained on page 6 of the Applicant Guidance. These are: belonging to a persistently underrepresented group, and applying for the Engineering for Development Research Fellowship.

There is, therefore, an internal selection process.

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

Please send the completed EOI, plus a 2 page maximum CV, to l.alconcel@bham.ac.uk by Sunday 31 May. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to prepare their applications.  Please refer to the RAEng’s Applicant Guidance document when completing the EOI.

 


  

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Research fellowships

European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 15 April has been extended to 31 May 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. These fellowships support research projects conducted by early-career researchers within the fields of nutritional and metabolic sciences. Fellowships are worth between €10,000 and €40,000. ***

Closing date: 31 May 20

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June 2020

Royal Society: Kan Tong Po visiting fellowships

Closing date: 03 Jun 20

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

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: David Phillips fellowships

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 12 May has been extended to 11 June 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. These fellowships support researchers who wish to establish their first independent research group in any area of science within the council’s remit. Up to five fellowships, worth up to £1 million at 80 per cent full economic cost, are available for a five-year period. ***

Closing date: 11 Jun 20

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Discovery fellowship

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 12 May has been extended to 11 June 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. This fellowship enables early-career researchers to gain leadership skills by undertaking independent research in any area of science within the council’s remit. Up to 10 fellowships, worth up to £300,000 each over three years, are available. ***

Closing date: 11 Jun 20

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Newton Bhabha Fund researcher links workshop – India

British Council

This enables early-career researchers based in India and the UK to form new international connections with a potential for long-term sustainability. Grants cover travel, subsistence and additional workshop expenses.

Closing date: 12 Jun 20

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Young scientist travel awards – European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts’ annual seminar

European Meteorological Society

This supports young scientists in participating in a seminar on the topic of numerical methods for atmospheric and oceanic modelling – recent advances and future prospects, to be held in Reading, UK in September 2020. The award is worth €500 and covers travel expenditures.

Closing date: 14 Jun 20

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Food innovator fellowship

European Institute of Innovation and Technology

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 15 April 2020 has been extended to 14 June 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. This fellowship fosters innovators who are ready to respond to global food challenges and allows them to transform a lab-idea into a business idea.  The fellowship lasts one year. ***

Closing date: 14 Jun 20

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Stephen Hawking fellowships

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

These fellowships support postdoctoral researchers in the field of theoretical physics or fundamental mathematical and computer sciences that underpin them. Up to 10 fellowships, tenable for up to four years, are available.

Closing date: 20 Jun 20  (Forecast)

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Fellowships

Matsumae International Foundation

These support research projects conducted in Japan, with preference given to studies in the fields of natural sciences, engineering and medicine. Fellowships consist of a stipend of JPY 220,000 per month and a start-up fund of JPY 120,000.

Closing date: 30 Jun 20

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July 2020

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: 29 Jul 20

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NIHR partnership fellowships

Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR

These support individuals with the potential and on a trajectory to become future leaders in NIHR research. The fellowships are for a period of two to five years on a full-time basis

Closing date: 29 Jul 20

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Young investigator award

British Society for Matrix Biology

This recognises an early career researcher who has made contributions to matrix biology and has excelled in the early stages of their research career. The award is worth £1,000.

Closing date: 31 Jul 20

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August 2020

Chemosensors Journal young investigator award

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

This recognises contributions made to the advancement of the chemical sensors research field. The award is worth CHF 2,000, an engraved plaque and the opportunity to publish a paper free of charge in the Chemosensors Journal.

Closing date: 31 Aug 20

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September 2020

Postdoctoral fellowships in environmental humanities

Cà Foscari University of Venice | Università Cà Foscari degli Studi di Venezia

These enable environmental humanities scholars to work on a research project at the centre in Venice, Italy. The fellowship is worth €35,000 for one year, with the possibility of an extension for a second year.

Closing date: 01 Sep 20

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Senior fellowship programme

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

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

Closing date: 01 Sep 20

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Fellowships

Lundbeck Foundation | Lundbeckfonden

These enable young researchers to establish an independent profile or research group within biomedical, clinical or health sciences. The total budget is worth DKK 100 million and fellowships are worth DKK 10m each over five years.

Closing date: 02 Sep 20

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Royal Society: University research fellowships

Closing date: 03 Sep 20

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.

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Marie Curie Individual Fellowships 2020: last call of H2020!

Deadline: 09 Sept 2020

MC IF offer funding to experienced researchers for up 3 years, either to host an external researcher (2 years, European Fellowships) or to undertake research anywhere in the world (2 years abroad + 1 year compulsory return phase to UoB, Global Fellowships).

Eligibility criterion: the experienced researcher must hold a PhD or 4 years equivalent research.

Mobility criterion: the experienced researcher must not have spent more than 12 months in the UK in the past 3 years prior to the call deadline.

If you are interested, please contact your European and International Funding Officer or drop a line to EUsupport@contacts.bham.ac.uk

 


  

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, including salary and research expenses.

Closing date: 10 Sep 20

 

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Scientific associates programme

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

This enables established scientists to use CERN research facilities, to participate in its programmes covering experimental and theoretical particle physics, as well as various related activities in applied physics, electronics, computing and engineering. A monthly subsistence allowance of between CHF 6,361 and CHF 9,010 is provided for an initial period of one year.

Closing date: 11 Sep 20

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Plants Journal young investigator award

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

This recognises research and contributions to the advancement in the field of plant research. The award includes CHF 2,000.

Closing date: 15 Sep 20

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Career development award

Medical Research Council

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. Funding is provided for five years and covers salary, support for research staff, consumables, travel costs and capital equipment.

Closing date: 16 Sep 20

 

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Ernest Rutherford fellowships

Science and Technology Facilities Council

These enable early-career researchers from the UK and overseas to establish an independent research programme. Fellowships are tenable for five years.

Closing date: 17 Sep 20

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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 and a fellowship supplement of £2,500 per year for personal support.

Closing date: 29 Sep 20

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October 2020

COMING SOON: BBSRC enterprise fellowships

Royal Society of Edinburgh

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in summer and close on 28 October 2020. The following information is subject to change. These fellowships 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 £90,000 in funding and training support for one year. ***

Closing date: 28 Oct 20

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COMING SOON: STFC enterprise fellowships

Royal Society of Edinburgh

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in summer and close on 28 October 2020. The following information is subject to change. These fellowships enable the development of new businesses that stem from previously-funded STFC research. Fellowships are worth up to £90,000 each in funding and training support and last for one year. ***

Closing date: 28 Oct 20

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COMING SOON: BP enterprise fellowships

Royal Society of Edinburgh

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in summer and close on 28 October 2020. The following information is subject to change. These fellowships provide commercialisation support to enable science and technology researchers to develop into successful entrepreneurs by developing a business idea. Fellowships last for one yearr. ***

Closing date: 28 Oct 20

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Applied Sciences Journal travel award in applied biosciences and bioengineering

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

This enables postdoctoral fellows active in applied biosciences and bionegineering to present their data in poster or oral formats at a scientific conference in 2021. Each award consists of CHF 800 and the change to publish one paper free of charge in Applied Sciences in 2021.

Closing date: 31 Oct 20

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Applied Sciences Journal travel award in chemistry

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

This supports postdoctoral fellows in attending a scientific conference. The award is worth CHF 800.

Closing date: 31 Oct 20

 

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November 2020

Postdoctoral fellowship in biodiversity genomics

Smithsonian Institution

This supports collaborative research in biodiversity genomics involving comparative genomic approaches that has a significant bioinformatics analysis component. Fellowships provide a stipend worth USD 50,400 per year for between one and two years.

Closing date: 01 Nov 20

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December 2020

Postdoctoral research visits

Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies | Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

These visits enable postdoctoral researchers to conduct research in mathematics and theoretical physics at IHES. Funding covers a visit of one or two years.

Closing date: 07 Dec 20  (Forecast)

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January 2021

COMING SOON: Talent programme Veni – applied and engineering sciences

Dutch Research Council | Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to close in January 2021. The following information is subject to change. This call enables researchers in the fields of applied and engineering sciences who have recently obtained their PhD to conduct independent research and develop their ideas. Grants are worth up to €250,000 each for three years. ***

Closing date: 05 Jan 21  (Forecast)

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Innovational research incentives scheme Veni – domain science

Dutch Research Council | Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek

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

Closing date: 09 Jan 21  (Forecast)

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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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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: Fellowships

No Deadline

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

BBSRC: International Travel Award Scheme

No Deadline

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

ESRC New Investigator Grants

No Deadline

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

For more information visit the ESRC Research Grants webpage.

 


  

Institute of Physics: Carers’ Fund

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Funding for Public Engagement Activities 

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

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

 


  

Fellowships for visiting researchers

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

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

Closing date: None

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British Society for Developmental Biology: Childcare grants

Closing date: None

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

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Don Whitley early-career scientist travel grant

Society for Applied Microbiology

This enables early-career scientist members to attend Society for Applied Microbiology events. The grant is worth up to £100.

Closing date: None

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Previous Opportunities from the Past Three Months

 

May 2020

London Mathematical Society: Emmy Noether fellowships

Closing date: 01 May 20

These aim to enhance the mathematical sciences research of holders either re-establishing their research programme after returning from a major break associated with caring responsibilities, or those requiring support to maintain their research programme with dealing with significant ongoing caring responsibilities.

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John, Margaret, Alfred and Stewart Sim fellowship

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

This supports research into the causes or treatment of depression, with the aim of fostering mental health research and the academic careers of early or intermediate researchers. The fellowship is worth up to £115,000 over three years.

Closing date: 01 May 20

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Bertelson award

European Society for Cognitive Psychology

This recognises a significant contribution to European cognitive psychology by a young scientist.

Closing date: 01 May 20

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Early career publication award – PhD and Post-docs

European Society for Cognitive Psychology

This recognises the first author of the best article accepted for publication in 2019. The awards are worth €1,000 each.

Closing date: 01 May 20

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Deep time initiative – Peter Buck postdoctoral fellowship programme

Smithsonian Institution

These support independent research in the study of systematics, paleoecology, functional biology, taphonomy or field investigations involving National Museum of Natural History fossil collections. Fellowships are worth USD 123,000 for two years.

Closing date: 01 May 20

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Royal Academy of Engineering: UK intelligence community postdoctoral research fellowships

Closing date: 04 May 20

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 6 April has been extended to 4 May 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. These fellowships support the promotion of unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community. Fellowships are worth up to £200,000 over two years. ***

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Career development award

Medical Research Council

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 22 April has been extended to 6 May 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. This award 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. Funding is provided for five years. ***

Closing date: 06 May 20

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

Medical Research Council

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 22 April has been extended to 6 May 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. These awards provide short, medium, and long-term research laboratory facilities for both life and physical science researchers conducting work at the facilities on the Harwell science and innovation campus. Funding is provided at up to 80 per cent of the full economic cost of the research. ***

Closing date: 06 May 20

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Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Dale fellowships

Closing date: 12 May 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council: David Phillips fellowships

Closing date: 12 May 20

These support researchers who wish to establish their first independent research group in any area of science within the council’s remit.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council: Discovery fellowship

Closing date: 12 May 20 

This enables early-career researchers to gain leadership skills by undertaking independent research in any area of science within the council’s remit.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Baillet Latour Antarctica fellowship

INTERACT

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The following information is subject to change. This fellowship enables young scientists to conduct research in East Antarctica whilst operating out of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station. The fellowship is worth €150,000 over two years. ***

Closing date: 15 May 20  (Forecast)

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Short-term fellowships

Smithsonian Institution

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 15 April has been extended to 15 May 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. These fellowships enable students to carry out tropical research. Fellowships are worth USD 1,000 per month for up to three months. ***

Closing date: 15 May 20

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Young investigator awards

International Cytokine and Interferon Society

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

Closing date: 15 May 20

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Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich: Kickstart accelerator

Closing date: 18 May 20

This supports start-ups that are developing or applying deep technologies in and around the areas of edtech and new work, fintech and insurtech, food and retail tech, smart city and technology, healthtech and circular economy.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 
Green talents award

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

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

Closing date: 19 May 20

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April 2020

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

Closing date: 01 Apr 20

These support young biochemists and molecular biologists in travelling to other laboratories to carry out experiments that require special techniques or for other forms of scientific collaboration or advanced training. Fellowships are worth up to USD 4,000 for between one and four months.

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Royal Society of Edinburgh: Enterprise Fellowships

Closing date: 03 Apr 20

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Society of Edinburgh: BBSRC enterprise fellowships

Closing date: 03 Apr 20

These enable science and technology researchers based in the UK to develop a new business, building on previously funded Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council research, and become successful entrepreneurs. 

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Royal Society of Edinburgh: STFC enterprise fellowships

Closing date: 03 Apr 20

These enable the development of new businesses that stem from previously-funded STFC research in particle physics, astronomy, particle astrophysics, solar and planetary science, and nuclear physics.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Royal Society of Edinburgh: BP enterprise fellowships

Closing date: 03 Apr 20

These provide commercialisation support to enable science and technology researchers to develop into successful entrepreneurs by developing a business idea.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Royal Society of Edinburgh: RSE enterprise fellowships

Closing date: 03 Apr 20

These provide commercialisation support to enable science and technology researchers to develop into successful entrepreneurs by developing a business idea.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Fyssen Foundation: Postdoctoral study grants

Closing date: 03 Apr 20

These enable either French postdoctoral researchers to visit foreign laboratories or foreign postdoctoral researchers to visit French laboratories. Grants are worth up to €30,000 for one year.

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Trinity College Dublin: EDGE Fellowships

Closing date: 05 Apr 20

These support postdoctoral candidates wishing to relocate to the Republic of Ireland, establish a more permanent base there or return after working overseas. Fellowships last for 18 or 24 months.

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Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund: Intermediate research fellowships

Closing date: 08 Apr 20

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

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Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Premium postdoctoral researcher fellowships

Closing date: 11 Apr 20  (Forecast)

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

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

Closing date: 13 Apr 20

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

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Microbiology Society: Microbiology in society award

Closing date: 19 Apr 20

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

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Wellcome Trust ISSF Career Development Hub

NEW closing date: 20 Apr 20

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

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.

To apply visit the internal research funding webpage.

 


 

Medical Research Council: Career development award

Closing date: 22 Apr 20

This enables postdoctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from postdoctoral researcher to independent investigator. There is no limit for funding that can be requested over the five-year period.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

National Geographic Society: Early-career grant

Closing date: 22 Apr 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Wellcome: Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships

Closing date: 22 Apr 20

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 15 April has been extended to 22 April 2020. All other call details remain unchanged.These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to start independent research careers in high quality research environments. Fellowships are worth up to £300,000 over four years.***

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Westminster fellowship

Royal Society of Chemistry

This enables society members to spend three months working at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. There are two fellowships available that include a £6,500 bursary which should start between September 2020 and May 2021.

Closing date: 26 Apr 20

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

Small grants for early-career researchers in tropical medicine or global health

Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR

These enable early-career researchers and global health professionals to undertake clinical or scientific research or fieldwork, as stand-alone projects or distinct elements within larger projects. Grants are worth up to £5,000.

Closing date: 27 Apr 20

Link to *Research Professional

 

 


  

Young scientist travel awards – European conference on radar in meteorology and hydrology

European Meteorological Society

These enable young scientists to attend a conference on radar in meteorology and hydrology, to be held in August and September 2020 in Locarno, Switzerland. Awards are worth €500 each to cover travel.

Closing date: 30 Apr 20

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

European Meteorological Society: EMS young scientist award

Closing date: 30 Apr 20  (Forecast)

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

National Research Foundation of South Africa: Freestanding postdoctoral fellowships

Closing date: 30 Apr 20  (Forecast)

These fellowships 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 encourage international postdoctoral research in South Africa.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

National Research Foundation of South Africa: Innovation postdoctoral fellowships

Closing date: 30 Apr 20  (Forecast)

These fellowships aim to leverage innovation in universities and implement science and related skills development, implement equity and career growth opportunities and enable young artists and professionals to access research opportunities. 

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics: Alain Bensoussan fellowships

Closing date: 30 Apr 20

This enables early-career scientists to conduct research at leading European centres outside their own country. Fellowships are worth between €1,250 and €3,740 per month, depending on the host country.

Link to *Research Professional

March 2020

Academy of Natural Sciences, US: Jessup and McHenry awards

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Federation of European Microbiological Societies: Meeting attendance grants

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Institute of Physics: Early career researchers fund

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Closing date: 01 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Closing date: 02 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Closing date: 02 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional             

 


 

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

Closing date: 02 Mar 20  (Forecast)

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Closing date: 02 Mar 20  (Forecast)

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Closing date: 02 Mar 20

This enables researchers working in applied sciences, computing or engineering to spend time working in a research group at CERN.  Applicants must hold a PhD or have between four and 10 years of experience following their MSc.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Workshops: Delivering Official Development Assistance in 2020

Deadline for EOI: 2 Mar 20

UUKi is inviting expressions of interest to attend Official Development Assistance (ODA) regional information workshops, with particular focus on the Newton Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The workshops will take place across the UK in April and May 2020 and will be funded by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Each workshop includes a morning session aimed at early career researchers.

For more information and to register visit the workshop webpage.

 


 

HGF: IP in Healthcare Conference

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

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

To register visit the conference registration page.

 


 

Federation of European Biochemical Societies: Congress bursaries

Closing date: 05 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

The Royal Society: International Exchanges Scheme

Closing date: 12 Mar 20

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.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

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

Closing date: 13 Mar 20  (Forecast)

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Foulkes Foundation: Fellowships

Closing date: 15 Mar 20  (Forecast)

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Psychonomic Society: Early-career award

Closing date: 15 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Jacobs Foundation: Research fellowships


Closing date: 16 Mar 20

These support early-career researchers conducting studies in the fields of child and youth development.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

STFC: Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement

Closing Date: 19th March 2020

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Guarantors of Brain: Non-clinical postdoctoral fellowships

Closing date: 20 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

British Science Association: Media fellowships

Closing date: 25 Mar 20  (Forecast)

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

ACU: Early Career Conference Grants 2020

Closing date: 25 Mar 20

Early Career Conference Grants fund emerging researchers who have not yet had the opportunity to travel internationally beyond their region to present at overseas conferences. 25 grants of up to GBP 2000 are available in 2020.

To apply, researchers must:

  • Be employed as a lecturer, research fellow/associate or post-doctoral researcher (or equivalent) at an ACU member university

  • Be within 7 years of the start of their academic career – applicants who have taken a career break and returned to work can also be considered

  • Not have previously travelled for work beyond their home region

  • Already have submitted a proposal to present at an overseas conference

How to apply

Full details and the application form can be found on the ACU website.

 


 

UKRI: Landscape Decisions Fellowship

Closing Date: 26 March 20

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

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

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

 


 

Alzheimer's Society: Junior fellowships

Closing date: 27 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology: Young plant scientist

Closing date: 28 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining: Mining club award

Closing date: 31 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Closing date: 31 Mar 20  (Forecast)

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

International Astronomical Union: Gruber Foundation fellowship programme

Closing date: 31 Mar 20

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

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Rosetrees Trust: 2020 Enterprise Fellowships

Closing date: 31 Mar 20

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

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