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.***

July 2020


Intermediate fellowships

Wellcome

These enable scientists to undertake research and establish themselves as independent researchers in an academic institution in India. Fellowships are tenable for five years and provide personal support, research expenses, including research assistance, and additional travel allowances.

Closing date: 30 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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Louise Johnson early-career award

British Biophysical Society

This recognises a contribution in any area of biophysics made by a young researcher in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The award is worth £1,000.

Closing date: 31 Jul 20

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August 2020

Young scientist research award

American Oil Chemists' Society

This recognises research contributions in one of the areas represented by an AOCS Division. The award includes USD 1,000 and a USD 1,500 travel allowance to attend the AOCS annual meeting, where the recipient presents an award lecture.

Closing date: 01 Aug 20

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Early-career fellowships

Wellcome

These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to carry out biomedical research relevant to human and animal welfare at an institution in India and make an early start in establishing their own research programme. Fellowships are tenable for five years.

Closing date: 11 Aug 20

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Oak Spring research fellowship

American Society of Plant Taxonomists

This supports an early-career plant scientist. The fellowship is worth USD 10,000 for two to four weeks.

Closing date: 12 Aug 20

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Fellowship in plant conservation biology

Oak Spring Garden Foundation

This supports an early-career scholar working on issues related to plant and landscape conservation. The fellowship is worth USD 10,000 for two to four weeks spent at Oak Spring.

Closing date: 12 Aug 20

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Postdoctoral fellowships

Human Frontier Science Program

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

Closing date: 13 Aug 20

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Quantitative life sciences postdoctoral fellowships

Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

These support young scientists in conducting multidisciplinary research in information processing in biological systems, high-dimensional model-free inference, and individual and collective behaviour in animals and machines at the centre. Two fellowships are available, worth between €2,100 and €2,300 per month for up to two years.

Closing date: 15 Aug 20

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COMING SOON: Enterprise fellowships

Royal Academy of Engineering

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in summer 2020. The following information is subject to change. These fellowships support entrepreneurial engineers who have demonstrated innovation in engineering and want to develop this further. Approximately 12 fellowships, worth up between £50,000 and £60,000 each for one year, are available. ***

Closing date: 24 Aug 20  (Forecast)

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SCAR fellowships

International Science Council

These support researchers in undertaking short-term visits to major international laboratories, field facilities or institutes to become acquainted with recent advances in research or to develop long-term links and partnerships. Three to four awards, worth up to USD 15,000 each, are available.

Closing date: 26 Aug 20

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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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ESRC IAA@UoB mentoring impact scheme

Closing date: end August 20

The ESRC IAA@UoB Mentoring Impact Scheme is designed to support researchers in the social sciences across all Colleges to maximise the impact and influence of their research on non-academic beneficiaries and is open to applicants wanting to learn more about impact at all levels. The scheme is open to both individual researchers and teams at all career stages who wish to develop their impact and engagement work and we would encourage people to look outside their own schools.

Approximately ten researchers will be selected to participate in the scheme, with the aim of developing their external engagement and influencing skills through regular support from an experienced academic mentor. Each participant will be allocated up to £1,000 to support an engagement project, guided by their mentor.

Details of how to apply can be found on our ESRC IAA web pages and if you have any questions you can contact a member of the team on esrciaa@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

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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Long-term fellowships

Federation of European Biochemical Societies

These support long-term visits to laboratories in another FEBS country for the purpose of scientific collaboration or advanced training. The amount of the fellowship varies by country.

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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Post-career break fellowship

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

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

Closing date: 01 Sep 20

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Senior research fellowships in theoretical and experimental physics

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

These enable researchers working in theoretical and experimental physics to spend time working in a research group at CERN. Stipends are worth up to 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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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: 03 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

 


  

EIPOD4 postdoctoral fellowship programme

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

This fellowship enables researchers to carry out interdisciplinary research as well as a training programme focused on transferable skills. Approximately 20 fellowships are available. Fellowships are worth up to €178,500 for up to three to four years. ***

Closing date: 09 Sep 20

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Fellowships within agriculture, forestry and fisheries research

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

These enable scientists to conduct research projects abroad. Fellowships cover economy travel, a subsistence allowance of up to €650 per week for visits between six and 26 weeks, and a lump sum of €165 to cover transportation costs.

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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Trainee competition NanoMatFutur

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

This supports projects on material sciences and technology with the aim to support early-career researchers. Grants are worth up to €1.85 million over up to five years.

Closing date: 15 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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UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme Round 6 – Internal Selection Process for EPS

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

  • Applications exploring difficult challenges and those crossing disciplinary or sectoral boundaries are particularly encouraged.
  • Open to international applicants, applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break, and those wishing to work part-time.
  • Offers long-term support (4+3 years) with a review in year 4.
  • Applicants are expected to hold a doctorate by the start date of the FLF, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience.
  • 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) (see below).

Internal Selection Process for EPS

  • 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) 2 page CV, 2) 4 page Internal Outline Case for Support (contact EPS RSO to receive templates), and, 3) an outline cost (Excel or Word) to be sent to your EPS Research Development Manager, Iwona Spill (i.spill@bham.ac.uk) by 20th of September 2020. Match funding equipment requests and other required resources (e.g. laboratory space) should be identified at this stage.

Internal Selection Process for LES

 

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 (for template contact LES RSO)

•       Outline Case for Support (4 pages; for template contact LES RSO)

•       CV (2 pages)

•       Publications List

These completed documents need to be submitted to Danielle Cardon (d.k.cardon@bham.ac.uk) by end of day on 20th September 2020.

For further information please contact the EPS RSO or LES RSO.

  • College Panel selection: between 21st of September and 9th of October 2020.
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer review of College shortlists: between 12th -23rd of October 2020.
  • Confirmation of University candidates invited to submit full proposals: by early November 2020.
  • Submission of outline proposals to UKRI: expected early January  2021
  • Deadline for submission of full applications: expected end January 2021

 


  

Public engagement awards

Royal Academy of Engineering

These support projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. Awards are worth between £3,000 to £30,000 per project.

Closing date: 28 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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New investigator research grant – neurosciences and mental health

Medical Research Council

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

Closing date: 30 Sep 20

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Alain Bensoussan fellowships

European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics

This enables early-career scientists to conduct research at leading European centres outside their own country. Fellowships are worth between €1,500 and €3,800 per month, depending on the host country.

Closing date: 30 Sep 20

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October 2020

Banting postdoctoral fellowships

Government of Canada

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

Closing date: 01 Oct 20

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Leadership fellows in public engagement

Science and Technology Facilities Council

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. Grants are worth up to £160,000 for up to three years.

Closing date: 01 Oct 20

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Wood-Whelan research fellowships

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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.

Closing date: 01 Oct 20

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Independent research fellowships

Natural Environment Research Council

These provides early-career environmental scientists with five years’ support for developing their research programmes and to gain international recognition. There are no funding limits although applications generally request £500,000 total funding.

Closing date: 06 Oct 20

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Postdoctoral training grants for non-Canadian citizens

Québec Health Research Fund (FRQS) | Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé

These enable non-Canadian citizens to pursue postdoctoral training and broaden their fields of interest in human health sciences research. Grants are worth CAD 45,000 each per year for two to three years.

Closing date: 15 Oct 20

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Early-career travel grants

London Mathematical Society

These provide partial support for UK-based early-career resarchers to attend conferences or undertake research visits in either UK or overseas. Grants are worth up to £500 each.

Closing date: 15 Oct 20

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Fellowships in Germany or Chile

European Southern Observatory

These support young scientists in advancing their career and carrying out independent astronomical research at an ESO site in Garching, Germany or Santiago, Chile. Fellowships include salary, allowances, grants and social security scheme over three to four years.

Closing date: 15 Oct 20

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Research grants in biological sciences and humanities

Fyssen Foundation

These support French or foreign postdoctoral researchers in establishing research teams at host laboratories in France in the biological or human sciences. Grants are worth between €15,000 to €35,000 each for a period of one year.

Closing date: 16 Oct 20

 

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Early-career grant

National Geographic Society

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 22 April has been extended to 21 October 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. This grant 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. ***

Closing date: 21 Oct 20

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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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Stephen Hawking fellowships

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

These 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: 18 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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Journal of Developmental Biology travel award

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

This supports a postdoctoral researcher or PhD student in attending a conference of their choice. The award is worth CHF 800.

Closing date: 31 Dec 20

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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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February 2021

Early-career fellowships

Leverhulme Trust

***Please note an internal selection process will apply.  Please look out for further details in due course.***

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

Closing date: 25 Feb 21

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Microorganisms Journal travel award

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

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

Closing date: 28 Feb 21

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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

 

July 2020

Postdoctoral programme

Campus France

This enables early-career researchers to conduct environmental research in France. Institutions hosting the selected researchers will receive co-financing in the amount of €50,000 to support the candidates’ research over a period of one year.

Closing date: 05 Jul 20

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Early-career fellowships – Covid-19 response

London Mathematical Society

These enable early-career mathematicians to undertake studies and research. Fellowship is worth £1,000 per month for between three and six months.

Closing date: 10 Jul 20

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EPSRC: Research Software Engineer (RSE) Fellowships

These support exceptional individuals with combined expertise in programming and a solid knowledge of the research environment.

The RSE Fellowship scheme aims to recognise the contribution of RSEs who are driving the development of high-quality research software and demonstrating leadership in embedding the vital role of software in disciplinary and institutional research cultures. An RSE Fellowship is a personal award, designed to provide the recipient with the necessary support to contribute to these aims. Fellows are provided with significant resources in order to pursue their vision and establish or develop RSE activities within their institution.

There is a limit of two applications per institution to this scheme, so there will be an internal selection process to determine the candidates from the University. The format is as follows:

1)      A 2-page Case for Support covering:

  • A brief explanation of why you feel the RSE Fellowship is appropriate for you and how it will develop your career;

  • A brief description of the work you plan to undertake during your Fellowship to include: the aims and objectives of your proposal; outcomes from your Fellowship; how your proposal fits to EPSRC or STFC strategic priorities.

  • A brief explanation of the area of research software engineering you will work in, including the research area(s) or institutions you will support, and their importance;

  • A brief explanation of the communities/research groups that will benefit from the work of your Fellowship; and

  • A brief explanation about how you demonstrate leadership potential and how you will become an ambassador for the Research Software Engineer role.

2)      A 2-page CV

Interested researchers must submit their EOI to the EPS Research Development Manager, Iwona Spill, by the 10th of July 2020 (next Friday).

EPSRC are running a webinar for prospective applicants next week (7th July 2020, 10am-midday via Zoom) to answer any questions you may have on applying for an RSE Fellowship. The webinar will include representatives from EPSRC, the Society of Research Software Engineers as well as current RSE Fellows. You can sign up here: https://forms.gle/PMBZ3n9bzmDG7j318

Also there is a national slack channel #rse_fellowships_2020 discussing this in https://ukrse.slack.com/.

 


   

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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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.

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

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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Academic fellowship scheme

Scottish Government

This supports individuals to work on projects with the parliament to provide specialised resources which allow analysis, increase the use of academic knowledge, skills and research, as well as promote the knowledge of the academic sector within the parliament. Funding is typically worth between £3,000 and £4,000.

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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U21 Researcher Resilience Fund

Closing date: 22 Jun 20, 12:00GMT

The new U21 Researcher Resilience Fund will support the development of the network’s PhD and early career researchers who are looking to return to a changed research environment. U21 will be offering awards of US$5000 to support collaborative projects that develop researchers’ capability and capacity to work digitally or virtually, in order to adapt to life as a researcher, post-Covid. There is a total of US$100,000 available to fund around 20 projects in total. The fund aims to simultaneously help build and shape researchers' digital capacity; develop global perspectives on problem-solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary working practices; and also will create a suite of resources to be shared among the wider network.

More information regarding the call, and the application form is on U21’s website.  For any related enquiries, contact Lauren Rawlins, U21 Officer in the Birmingham Global department.

 


  

POST: Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme

Closing date: 26 Jun 20

The scheme enables academics to suggest ideas for projects to conduct at UK Parliament. These projects might include contributing to the core work of an office, filling gaps in expertise, helping to grow Parliament’s academic networks, informing parliamentary scrutiny, analysing and evaluating parliamentary practices, or building staff capacity and skills. 

 Applications are open to all UK-based university researchers who have a PhD or are employed in a university on an academic contract, or university staff working in impact or knowledge exchange, and who are eligible for a parliamentary pass. 

Fellowships (time, teaching cover, travel, subsistence, accommodation and any other associated expenses) will be funded by impact funding streams from research institutions or research funders (such as Impact Acceleration Accounts), with funding sought by the applicant.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

COP26 fellowships

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

These enable early-career and experienced researchers to engage with the international climate negotiations in the run up to the 26th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Fellowships are worth between £65,000 and £100,000 each at 80 per cent full economic costs.

Closing date: 28 Jun 20

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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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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. ***

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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.

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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.

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Green talents award

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

This enables young scientists, working in fields related to sustainability, to 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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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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