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.

 


  

PERCAT LES & EPS Career Development Competition for 2019-20

The PERCAT LES & EPS Career Development Competition for 2019-20 is now open for applications.  Funding to support and enhance career development opportunities for the postdoctoral and early career researcher community is available via an open competition.

Awards

We expect that applicants will apply for awards of around £500 each.  Funding is limited and therefore only a limited number of awards can be made, not all applications will be successful.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Wednesday 18th December 2019.

For more information on how to apply please read the Competition Announcement and Guidelines document or contact Jennifer Thomson

 


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.

November 2019

Institute of Photonic Sciences, ES: BIST Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 13th November 2019 (forecast)

This supports fellows with the different stages of their career development, aiming to develop and foster their individual competences and help them become leading scientists. The programme provides training in entrepreneurial skills and technology transfer issues, such as industrial and intellectual property, industrial collaborations, spin-off development, and other related subjects. A total of 61 fellowships, worth €36,000 each per year for three years, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Society: Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Closing Date: 14th November 2019 (forecast)

These enable early-career scientists who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstance to take the first step into an independent research career. Research may address all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine, social sciences and humanities.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

Closing Date: 14th November 2019

This scheme provides support for postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups. You can apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship if you’re already driving your own research and you’re ready to lead an independent research programme.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust: Ramsay Memorial Fellowship

Closing Date: 15th November 2019 (forecast)

The Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust invites nominations for its fellowship. This enables early-career postdoctoral chemists to initiate a programme of original and independent research in the UK.

Self-nominations are allowed. Nominees may have already some postdoctoral experience but must be in their early stages of their career. Fellowships are tenable at a university or other place of academic research within UK. Nominees are expected to hold a PhD, preferably at a university within the British Commonwealth or its equivalent. They must have submitted their PhD thesis by 31 December following the deadline. Preference is given to nominees who have been born within the Commonwealth and who have graduated with distinction in chemistry from a university within the Commonwealth.

The fellowship is normally tenable for two years, but can be exceptionally extended for a third year. The fellowship may be fully funded by the trust, but cosponsorship from a university department, industrial company or other relevant body is normally expected. Where co-sponsored, the trust will contribute 50 per cent of the fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £17,500 per year, with the balance of all other costs to be paid by the cosponsor. Also, a grant of up to £1,000 per year is available for research expenses.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.


  

American Museum of Natural History: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Closing Date: 15th November 2019 (forecast)

The American Museum of Natural History invites applications for its postdoctoral research fellowships. These advance the training of postdoctoral investigators by having them pursue a project in association with museum professionals in the museum setting. Research can be conducted in the following areas:

  • anthropology;

  • invertebrate zoology;

  • palaeontology;

  • physical sciences, including astrophysics and earth and planetary sciences;

  • vertebrate zoology.

Applicants must have received their degrees or submitted their dissertations before they can begin their appointments. There are no citizenship or geographic requirements to apply.

Successful applicants receive a salary, full medical insurance and other AMNH employee benefits. Limited relocation, research and publication support is provided. Appointments are typically made for up to two years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage

 


 

Toulouse Institute for Advanced Study, Fr: Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 15th November 2019

These enable researchers within human behaviour science to work on their research full time at the institute. Projects may be in the fields of social, behavioural and life sciences, such as anthropology, evolutionary biology, economics, genetics, history, law, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology.  Applicants must be active researchers who have, or will have completed their PhD after December 2016 and before September 2020.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Geographic Society: Walters Kundert Fellowship

Closing Date: 23rd November 2019

The Walters Kundert Fellowship offers an annual grant of £10,000 to support post-PhD field research within Arctic or high mountain environments.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin: College for Life Sciences fellowship

Closing date: 24 Nov 19

This enables early-career postdoctoral scientists to live and work on the campus of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and attend the weekly colloquia in the area of life sciences and medicine. The programme has a duration of three to six months.

Link to *Research Professional

 


  

Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies, FR: CARMIN Joint Postdoctoral Programme

Closing Date: 25th November 2019 (forecast)

This enables postdoctoral or senior researchers in mathematics to combine a research visit at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques with participation in one of the quarterly Henri Poincaré Institute thematic programmes.  A total of three six-month fellowships and two 12-month postdoctoral fellowships are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Irish Research Council: DRCD postdoctoral social enterprise impact fellowship

Closing date: 27 Nov 19

This fellowship supports pioneering research on social enterprise in the Republic of Ireland. Fellowships are worth up to €45,955 per year and are tenable for up to two years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Closing Date: 29th November 2019 

These support researchers who have recently obtained, or are expecting to obtain, a PhD in the mathematical sciences. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

LES Internal Deadline: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Closing date: 29 Nov 19

The College of Life and Environmental Science has taken the decision to support up to 4 candidates to apply to the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship round in 2020. As such we will be running an internal competition to enable us to put forward the strongest candidates from across the College, deadline 29th November 2019.  Details on eligibility can be found in the call guidance.

For further information please contact Danielle Cardon.

 


 

Lady Davis Fellowship Trust, IL: Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 30th November 2019

 These enable postdoctoral researchers to undertake research at the Technion Institute in Israel.  Fellowships are granted for one year with the possibility of an extension for an additional year. The monthly stipend is USD 1,250 with a housing allowance of USD 100 and a return airline ticket.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

December 2019

Institute for Advanced Study, US: Mathematics Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st December 2019

These enable researchers to pursue research projects in mathematics at the school.  Mathematicians and theoretical computer scientists at the postdoctoral and mid-to-senior career levels may apply. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged. Candidates will be free to devote themselves full-time to research.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Institute of Physics: Early Career Researchers Fund

Closing Date: 1st December 2019

This enables early-career researchers to attend international meetings and visit international facilities. It aims to broaden their professional development and maximise their potential.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Microbiology Society: Travel Grants

Closing Date: 1st December 2019

These enable members to present work at scientific or education meetings, or to attend short courses or training events related to microbiology. Grants are worth up to £750 and may cover half of the costs associated with presenting at the chosen meeting.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin: College for Life Sciences Fellowship

Closing Date: 2nd December 2019 (forecast)

This enables early-career postdoctoral scientists to live and work on the campus of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and attend the weekly colloquia in the area of life sciences and medicine.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

STEM for Britain: A poster competition at Westminster for early-career researchers

Closing date: 02 Dec 19

STEM for Britain 2020 will take place in the Houses of Parliament on Monday 9th March during British Science Week.

Applications are open to early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who wish to exhibit posters. 

For more information and to apply visit the STEM for Britain webpage.

 


 

Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR: NIHR Advanced Research Fellowship

Closing Date: 3rd December 2019

This supports the career development of postdoctoral researchers who do not yet hold a research chair. The fellowship supports individuals who have recently completed or are soon to be awarded a PhD but haven’t yet established themselves as an independent researcher, researchers who are already established as independent researchers, but not yet recognised as an international leader in a field, and those who are looking to transition into applied health research from a basic science background or to re-establish their research career following a significant career break.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



 

Microbiology Society: Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year

Closing Date: 9th December 2019

This recognises science communicators presenting a poster or offered paper at the society’s annual conference, which will take place from 31 March to 3 April 2020 in Edinburgh, UK. First, second and third prizes, worth £500, £200 and £100 respectively, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, CH: Plants Journal Travel Award

Closing Date: 15th December 2019

These support postdoctoral fellows and PhD students in presenting at an international conference on plants in 2020. One award, worth CHF 800, is available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Black hole initiative postdoctoral fellowship

Smithsonian Institution

This supports the study of black holes by postdoctoral fellows. The fellowship lasts for two years, with the possibility of a one-year renewal.

Closing date: 15 Dec 19

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Enterprise Ireland: Career-FIT PLUS fellowship programme

Closing date: 19 Dec 19

This programme aims to connect researchers with companies in the Republic of Ireland to support industry-focused research projects. A total of 50 fellowships each lasting three years are available, including a mandatory secondment of between six and 12 months at the company partners.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Early-career award

European Association for Signal Processing

This recognises a researcher or engineer who, at an early or mid-stage in their career, has contributed to the field of signal, speech and image processing. The award is worth €2,000.

Closing date: 31 Dec 19

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Postdoctoral fellowships on innovative methods and metrics for agriculture and nutrition actions (IMMANA)

Department for International Development

These support emerging leaders in agriculture, nutrition and health research. Fellowships are awarded to early-career researchers who are using, developing or adapting new methodological approaches with mentors in ongoing research programmes in low and middle income countries.

Closing date: 31 Dec 19

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Water Journal travel awards

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

These support PhD candidates or postdoctoral fellows in presenting at a conference relating to water in 2020. Three awards, worth CHF 800 each, are available.

Closing date: 31 Dec 19

Link to *Research Professional

January 2020

Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, INT: Visiting Fellowships

Closing Date: 5th January 2020 

These enable researchers in the field of mathematics to make short visits to the centre.  Applications are open to mathematicians of any age or nationality. They must have a PhD in mathematics. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Dutch Research Council: Innovational research incentives scheme Veni – domain science

Closing date: 09 Jan 20

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.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

NOAA climate and global change postdoctoral fellowship programme

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

This enables recently graduated PhDs to pursue an independent research opportunity while hosted at a US university or institution. The fellowship is for two years and includes a fixed annual salary and benefits.

Closing date: 10 Jan 20

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Graduate Women in Science, US: National Fellowships

Closing Date: 11th January 2020

These promote increased knowledge in the natural sciences and encourage research careers in the sciences by women.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Advanced learning in evolving critical systems (ALECS) fellowship programme

Irish Software Research Centre (Lero)

This provides training and career development to computer science and software engineering researchers, or those from complementary disciplines, through the provision of international mobility and inter-sectoral exposure. Fellowships are tenable for two years and provide a salary worth up to €45,000.

Closing date: 13 Jan 20

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Career development grant for postdoctoral women

American Society for Microbiology

This supports postdoctoral women conducting research in microbiology. Four awards of USD 1,500 each are available.

Closing date: 15 Jan 20

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Eppendorf AG, DE: Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators

Closing Date: 15th January 2020

This recognises contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts.  European researchers, not older than 35 years, who hold a PhD or MD may apply.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, INT: Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics

Closing Date: 15th January 2020 (forecast)

These enable young scientists to carry out research at the CMSP section and to participate in activities in developing countries in order to promote the mission of ICTP.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

International postdoctoral programme

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

This enables early career researchers from Swedish institutions to stay in another country, or early career researchers from other countries to stay at a Swedish institution. The total budget is worth SEK 35 million and grants are worth SEK 2.3 million over two years.

Closing date: 23 Jan 20

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

National University of Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew Postdoctoral Fellowship


Closing Date: 25th January 2020 (forecast)

This promotes the development of young academics in science, medicine and engineering. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Percy Sladen memorial fund grants

Linnean Society of London

These support fieldwork abroad in the earth and life sciences, through expeditions and individual research projects. Grants are worth up to £1,000 each.

Closing date: 30 Jan 20

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Biochemical Society: Colworth Medal

Closing Date: 31st January 2020 (forecast)

This recognises research by a young biochemist.  Nominees may be of any nationality but must have carried out the majority of their work in the UK or Ireland. Nominees must be within 10 years of completing their PhD. Those who have had a career break may still be considered. The prize is worth £3,000. The winner is also given the opportunity to deliver a lecture at a society conference and at Unilever research laboratories and invited to submit an article to a society-owned publication.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Biochemical Society: Early-Career Research Awards

Closing Date: 31st January 2020 (forecast)

These recognise the impact of research carried out by early-career scientists who have produced international quality research outputs.

Nominees should have no more than six years postdoctoral research experience. The majority of the research must have been carried out in the UK or Republic of Ireland.  Awards are worth £1,000 each and include a medal, the delivery of a lecture at a society conference and an invitation to submit an article at a society-owned publication.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

February 2020

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

Closing Date: 1st February 2020

These enable early-career practitioners and researchers to develop their applied and research potential.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

BrainsCAN postdoctoral fellowship – cognitive neuroscience

Western University, CA

This supports postdoctoral research in cognitive neuroscience.

Closing date: 01 Feb 20  (Forecast)

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Cancer Research UK: Career development fellowship

Closing date: 05 Feb 20

This enables scientists without a salaried independent position to set up their first independent cancer research group. The fellowship covers salaries for the fellow, one postdoctoral researcher and one technician, and associated running expenses and equipment costs over up to six years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education:  JSPS Summer Programme

Closing date: 07 Feb 20

This enables investigators to pursue collaborative research at Japanese universities and research institutes. Fellowships include round trip airfare, a maintenance allowance of JPY 534,000, a research support allowance of JPY 158,500 and insurance.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

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

Closing Date: 7th February 2020

These give early-career scientists or engineers the opportunity to conduct an innovative research project of their own instigation.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Wellcome Trust: Engagement Fellowships

Closing Date: 7th February 2020 (forecast)

These support and develop the careers of emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage with the public in health research. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Lindemann Trust: Fellowships

Closing Date: 11th February 2020 (forecast)

These fellowships enable postdoctoral scientists to produce original research in the applied sciences and to carry out research at a host institution in the US. Up to three one-year fellowships, worth USD 50,000 each, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Academy of Engineering: Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 19th February 2020

These support entrepreneurial engineers who have demonstrated innovation in engineering and want to develop this further. The programme focuses on equipping the awardee with the confidence, skills, experience and network of expert advisors necessary to enable them to develop their innovation. Funding is available for researchers wishing to spinout a company from a university or research institute, recent graduates wishing to create a company, and international PhD students based in the UK, wishing to spin out or start up.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Early-career travel grants

London Mathematical Society

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

Closing date: 22 Feb 20

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

Leverhulme Trust: Early Career Fellowships

Closing Date: 27th February 2020

These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. The fellowship covers 50 per cent of salary costs as well as other research expenses over three years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing travel award

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

This supports a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow in attending a conference relating to manufacturing and materials processing. The award is worth CHF 800.

Closing date: 29 Feb 20

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

 


 

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: 2nd March 2020

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.

 


 

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

 


 

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.

 


 

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

 


 

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

 


 

Gruber Foundation fellowship programme

International Astronomical Union

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

Closing date: 31 Mar 20

Link to *Research Professional

April 2020

Wellcome: Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships

Closing date: 15 Apr 20

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

 

Opportunities with No Deadline

 

Opportunities with No Deadline

Call for Events: University of Birmingham Arts & Science Festival 2019-20

The seventh Arts & Science Festival will take place from June 2019, with a special programme running throughout the year in celebration of the University’s striking new parkland, the Green Heart. Arts & Science Festival will run alongside the Green Heart launch programme and align around four seasonal themes: celebration (summer); change (autumn); illumination (winter) and hope (spring). The programme will showcase culture, research and collaboration at the University and beyond through talks, concerts, exhibitions, performances, workshops, screenings and special events.

We are currently inviting individuals and departments from across campus to submit events – these may be events already scheduled to happen, or events developed and realized especially for the festival. All suitable submissions will be marketed as part of the festival programme, and included in online listings and printed publicity.

There is a small amount of funding available for events developed specifically for the festival that could not otherwise be realized without a financial contribution. We are looking to fund events that respond to the festival themes, explore the intersection between arts and sciences, and represent good value for money.

Should you wish to take part, please download and complete our event submission form and send it to us at artsandscience@contacts.bham.ac.uk. For further information or to discuss an idea, please email us at the same address.

 


 

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/

 


  

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

Link to *Research Professional

 

Previous Opportunities from the Past Three Months

 

November 2019

Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 1st November 2019

The Smithsonian Institution invites applications for its fellowship programme. This enables graduate, predoctoral students, postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities or research interests of the institution and its staff and to utilise the resources of the institution. The following awards are available:

  • Graduate student fellowships – worth USD 7,500 each over 10 weeks, for currently enrolled graduate students who have completed at least one full semester or its equivalent or who have completed the graduate program within the past four months;
  • Predoctoral fellowships – each of which include a stipend of USD 36,000 per year and a research allowance of up to USD 4,000 for periods between three and 12 months, for enrolled PhD candidates;
  • Postdoctoral fellowships – each of which include a stipend of USD 50,400 per year plus a research allowance of up to USD 4,000 for periods between three and 12 months, for applicants who have completed their doctoral degree by the time the fellowship begins;
  • Senior fellowships – each of which include a stipend of USD 50,400 per year plus a research allowance of up to USD 4,000 for periods between three and 12 months, for applicants who have held a PhD or equivalent for at least seven years.

Past or current fellowship recipients are eligible to apply for another award. Applications are open to US and non-US citizens.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Smithsonian Institute: Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship

Closing Date: 1st November 2019 (forecast)

This promotes the study of biology, anthropology, geology, hydrology, material science, social science, soil science or related areas. Proposed projects must be tenable in residence at the Smithsonian Institution facilities and the Mpala research centre. The fellowship provides a stipend of USD 50,400 per year for a period of one or two years and a research allowance of up to USD 4,000 for research-related expenses.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Society of Edinburgh: IBiolC Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st November 2019

These enable science and technology researchers to develop a new business in a commercial sector and become successful entrepreneurs. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Society of Edinburgh: Scottish Enterprise Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st November 2019

These enable science and technology researchers based in the UK to develop a new business around a technological idea and become entrepreneurs. Fellows are supported and equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in the global business environment. The fellowships have a technology and life science focus.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

European Space Agency: Living Planet Fellowship

Closing Date: 1st November 2019

This supports young scientists at post-doctoral level, to undertake research maximising the scientific return of ESA Earth observation missions and datasets through the development of novel methods, new products and fostering new scientific results in Earth system science. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Department of Science and Innovation: Postdoctoral fellowships in invasive biology

Closing date: 01 Nov 19

These support research focusing on understanding the effects of invasive plants, animals and pathogens on the natural, social or economic environment, and the management of these effects. Fellowships are worth ZAR 250,000 for two years.

Link to *Research Professional

 


 

ICURe Last Cohort 26

Closing Date: 4th November 2019

The ICURe (“Innovation-to-Commercialisation of University Research”) Programme trains, funds and supports teams led by university early-career researchers (ECRs) to determine whether there is a market for products or services that utilise their research, science or technology. Up to £35,000 of funding is available to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate these commercially-promising ideas in the marketplace.

https://icure.uk/application-for-icure

IMPORTANT – Given the necessary participation/involvement of University of Birmingham Enterprise in the delivery of the programme, please liaise with UoB Enterprise if you are thinking of applying in order to maximise your chances of being selected for the programme.

 


  

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research Programme

Closing Date: 4th November 2019

This enables university research teams with commercially-promising ideas to get out of the lab and validate their ideas in the marketplace. The programme enables early-career researchers to undertake three months of full-time market assessment and to have meaningful conversations with prospective customers, regulators, suppliers, partners and competitors to validate the commercial potential of their research.  

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Fulbright Commission: Fulbright-Smithsonian Institute Scholar Award

Closing Date: 6th November 2019 (forecast)

The Fulbright Commission and the Smithsonian Institution invite applications for their scholar award. This enables UK academics or professionals to undertake independent postdoctoral research or study related to medicine and the Smithsonian’s collections, facilities or experts.

Applications are welcome from those whose research interests lie within medicine, biology, chemistry, social sciences and the humanities, as it applies to any aspect of medicine. Applicants should consider the merits of working with the suite of collections and facilities, not only at the Smithsonian’s Washington, DC National Mall locations, but all Smithsonian locations within the US.

The award is worth USD 5,000 per month for three months, and is intended as a contribution towards any institutional fees and accommodation and maintenance costs while in the US.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Lundbeck Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Denmark and Abroad

Closing Date: 6th November 2019 (forecast)

The Lundbeck Foundation invites applications for its postdoctoral grants in Denmark and abroad. These support researchers with original ideas for free and independent biomedical, clinical and health sciences research at Danish or international non-commercial research institutions. The proposed research must be within the fields of biomedical, clinical or health science, or must facilitate research within these fields. Postdoctoral projects may be fully based in Denmark at Danish non-commercial research institutions or be based at international non-commercial research institutions where the postdoctoral candidate is employed by a Danish research institution for the duration of the grant.

Applicants may be based in Denmark but planning to move abroad for a lengthy period, or be based abroad and planning to move to Denmark for a lengthy period, or based in Denmark and planning to stay in Denmark. Applicants must have obtained a PhD or be able to document that they are expected to gain their PhD within six months of the application deadline and must have obtained their PhD no more than four years ago. Applicants who wish to spend part or most of their time in international research groups are prioritised.

The budget is worth DKK 100 million and grants are worth DKK 800,000 each per year over between two or three years. If at least nine consecutive months are spent abroad, there is an additional grant worth DKK 75,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Fulbright-CRUK: Scholar Awards

Closing Date: 6th November 2019

These awards build capacity and accelerate progress in priority areas by facilitating collaboration and building links between UK and US research groups

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

October 2019

Federation of European Biochemical Societies: Long-Term Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st October 2019 (forecast)

The Federation of European Biochemical Societies invites applications for its long-term fellowships. These support long-term visits to FEBS country for the purpose of scientific collaboration or advanced training.

Applicants should be scientists, members of FEBS and working in a FEBS country and have a PhD and no more than three years’ postdoctoral experience.

The amount of the fellowship varies by country. Travel costs, costs of living and assistance for children are supported. Grants are for one year initially and are renewable for a further year, up to a maximum of three years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

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

Closing Date: 1st October 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Douglas Bromford Trust: Project Grants over £1,500

Closing Date: 1st October 2019

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

•education, training, research and knowledge transfer;

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

•travel to acquire or disseminate knowledge;

•development and maintenance of professional competencies;

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Canadian Institutes of Health Research: CIHR Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st October 2019

These support investigators at the post-PhD or post-health professional degree stages in conducting health research either in Canada or abroad. Fellowships are worth up to CAD 60,000 each per year for up to five years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Academy of Natural Sciences, US: Jessup and McHenry Awards

Closing Date: 1st October 2019

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. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

NERC: Independent Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 2nd October 2019 (forecast)

The Natural Environment Research Council invites applications for its independent research fellowships. These aim to develop scientific leadership among early-career environmental scientists, by giving them five years’ support for developing their research programmes and to gain international recognition.

The fellowships are open to researchers of any nationality, and may be held in any area of NERC remit, but the fellowship must be based at an eligible UK research organisation. Applicants should have been awarded their PhD before the start of the fellowship and they should not hold a permanent academic position in a university or equivalent organisation. They must have a maximum of eight years of full-time postdoctoral research experience.

There are no funding limits. Applications generally request £500,000 total funding although this varies between research areas and according to the research objectives of the fellowship proposal. No equipment costing more than £10,000 may be requested.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

STFC: Jackie Pallas Memorial Award

Closing Date: 4th October 2019

This recognises an early-career researcher who has been working on an impactful project related to computing.  Researchers must be nominated by their supervisors.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

NCCPE: Wonder Match – London

Closing Date: 4th October 2019

These enable researchers and community organisations to meet and develop ideas for public engagement with science. The London event takes place on 14 November 2019.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 


Wellcome Trust: Researchers’ Survey

Closing Date: 6th October 2019

Wellcome is launching an ambitious programme to understand and improve the working culture within research, in partnership with the research community. We want to understand your opinions and perceptions of the culture of research, your view on the drivers of this culture, and your vision for what great research culture would look like. Wellcome plans to publish a report on the findings of this research, as well as making the anonymised survey dataset openly available. Please note that literal comments and any identifiable information will not be made openly available. To find out more visit: https://wellc.me/reimagineresearch.

Prize draw: £350

To take part visit the online survey.

 


 

Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 8th October 2019

The Wellcome Trust invites preliminary applications for the Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships. These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to start independent research careers in high quality research environments. Fellowships are aimed at researchers who want to undertake a guided period of research and will go on to lead their own independent research.

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Wellcome Trust: Research Career Re-entry Fellowships

Closing Date: 8th October 2019

This scheme offers postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers after a continuous break from research of at least two years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

NERC: Introduction to Metabolomics for the Microbiologist Course Bursaries

Closed - all bursaries now allocated.

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

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

Bursaries cover registration fee, travel and accommodation.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF): Career Development Hub

Closing Date: 11th October 2019

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.

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

Accelerator Fellowships

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

Critical Data Awards

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

Global Mobility

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

Continuity Awards

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

If you have any questions about the Wellcome Trust ISSF, please email wellcomeissf@contacts.bham.ac.uk.  To apply, please visit the Centrally Managed Funding intranet page. Scheme guidance, deadlines and FAQs can also be found here.

 


  

Québec Health Research Fund (FRQS): Postdoctoral training grants for applicants living outside of Québec

Closing Date: 15th October 2019 (forecast)

The Québec Health Research Fund (FRQS) invites applications for its postdoctoral training grants for applicants living outside of Québec. These enable non-Canadian citizens to pursue their postdoctoral training in the province. The programme aims to help PhD holders to enhance their training and broaden their fields of interest in human health sciences research. It is also intended to encourage these researchers to experience new scientific environments, to acquire new research methodologies and management and communication skills, and to supervise students.

Applicants must have obtained their PhD no more than two years before 15 October 2018, and must choose a host university different from the one which awarded the PhD. Projects must be supervised by a university researcher or clinical university researcher.

Grants are worth CAD 45,000 each per year for two to three years. Additional funding may be available in collaboration with FRQS partners.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

London Mathematical Society: Early-Career Travel Grants

Closing Date: 15th October 2019

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

ERC: Starting Grants

Closing Date: 16th October 2019

Are you a talented early-career scientist who has already produced excellent supervised work, is ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader? The ERC Starting Grant could be for you.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund: Junior Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 17th October 2019

These support individuals wanting to pursue research into haematological malignancies.  Scientific fellowships, for non-medical scientists who have one to four years’ postdoctoral experience and are intending to work either at a recognised UK research institution or seeking a travel fellowship for relevant work abroad.


For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Society of Edinburgh: BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 17th October 2019 (forecast)

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

Fellowships are open to postgraduates, academic researchers and members of staff in eligible UK research organisations. Applicants can be hosted by a UK HEI or research institute. Applicants must demonstrate commercial and technical proof of concept, and be able to remain and work legally in the UK for the duration of the fellowship. Previous commercial and technical proof-of-concept, including BBSRC follow-on funding is highly recommended. Previous fellows may not apply.

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Fyssen Foundation, France: Research Grants in Biological Sciences and Humanities

Closing Date: 18th October 2019

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.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.


  

NCCP Wonder Match – London November 2019

Closing Date: 25th October 2019

The London Wonder Match event is on Thursday 14th of November at the Cinema Museum, from 10:30am (10am arrival) to 4:30pm.

Are you a scientist or engineer who has a hunger to share the wonder of their research with others? Are you a community based organization who is keen to support their members to engage with science and engineering?

Wonder Match is the perfect opportunity for community organisations and researchers to meet together and develop ideas for engagement activities.

To read more and apply, visit the NCCPE web page for this opportunity.



  

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Research in Japan– Standard

Closing Date: 26th October 2019 (forecast)

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

UK ECRs Survey 2019

Closing Date: 27th October 2019

Postdocs and ECRs are invited to complete a survey from the UK Young Academy Initiative Working Group. If you wish to engage with this group on social media, they have recently published an announcement which interested colleagues may wish to retweet with the hashtag #UKECRSurvey  

The aim of the survey is stated as being “to explore better ways to support and empower Early Career Researchers in tackling societal issues“, and to consult ECRS on the possibility, desirability and feasibility of setting up a UK-wide Young Academy, or another type of ECR Forum.

The survey is anonymous and open to all UK-based ECRs. It should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please visit the survey webpage to complete. 

 


 

Technical University of Munich, DE: Hans Fischer Early-Career and Senior Fellowships – International Fellows

Closing Date: 30th October 2019

These provide researchers with the necessary time and financial support to explore new venues, to develop novel research areas and to establish intensive international collaborations. All areas of the TUM research portfolio are considered.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Technical University of Munich, DE: Anna Boyksen Fellowship

Closing Date: 30th October 2019

This provides researchers with the necessary time and financial support to develop novel research areas and to establish intensive international collaborations within the field of gender and diversity in the natural and engineering sciences.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

UoB Enterprise: Medici - The Enterprise Training Programme

Closing Date: 31st October 2019

The Medici programme is now recruiting for the January 2020 cohort.

 Medici is our flagship training programme designed for research staff currently exploring the commercial potential of their research.

The Medici programme is designed to improve your business skills and knowledge so that you can engage with business and industry, with professionalism and confidence.

Medici is aimed at research staff interested in developing the commercial / economic and societal impact of their research be that through creating new inventions, therapies, treatments and medical devices, providing expert consultancy, licensing a technology, collaboration with business, spinning out a company, developing a service or delivery of CPD training etc. 

For further information and to apply please visit the online application form.

 


  

Polish Institute for Advanced Studies: Fellowships

Closing Date: 31st October 2019

These enable researchers to carry out scientific research at the Polish Institute for Advanced Studies. Fellowships may last for five to 10 months.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

September 2019

Institute of Physics: Early Career Researchers Fund

Closing Date: 1st September 2019

This enables early-career researchers to attend international meetings and visit international facilities. It aims to broaden their professional development and maximise their potential.  Bursaries are worth up to £300.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Biochemical Society: General Travel Grants

Closing Date: 1st September 2019

These enable members to attend scientific meetings and present cases of high-quality research related to biochemistry.  Grants are usually worth between £200 and £500, although up to £750 may be provided in exceptional cases.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Microbiology Society: Travel Grants

Closing Date: 1st September 2019

These enable members to present work at scientific or education meetings in the UK and overseas, or to attend short courses related to microbiology.  Grants are worth up to £750 and may cover half of the costs associated with presenting at the chosen meeting. Funding may be used towards registration, travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 2nd September 2019

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) invites applications for its post-career break fellowship. This enables science and engineering graduates to restart their careers after taking time out for personal reasons.

Applications are invited from candidates with a senior or junior profile who are nationals of a CERN member or associate member state. Senior applicants must hold a master’s-level diploma or PhD with between four and 10 years of post-master’s relevant experience. Junior applicants must hold a bachelor of science or technical engineer diploma and have no more than four years of relevant experience. Those applying in the field of experimental or theoretical physics must hold a PhD, or be about to finish their thesis. Applicants should have been on a career break for personal reasons, such as family or caring responsibilities or health issues, for at least two years.

Full-time and part-time fellowships are available for between six and 36 months. Fellowships are worth between CHF 5,185 and CHF 7,994 per month and also cover insurance, travel expenses, settling-in and family allowances, and paid leave.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

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

Closing Date: 2nd September 2019

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

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

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

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research: Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni – Applied and Engineering Sciences

Closing Date: 3rd September 2019

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) invites applications for its innovation research incentives scheme Veni – applied and engineering sciences. This enables researchers in the fields of the applied and engineering sciences who have recently obtained their PhD to conduct independent research and develop their ideas.

Candidates must have completed their doctorates within the last three years. Researchers from outside the Netherlands may apply, but the project must be carried out at a Dutch institution recognised by NWO. Female researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Grants are worth up to €250,000 each.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Dutch Research Council: Innovational  Research Incentives Scheme Veni – Health Research and Development

Closing Date: 3rd September 2019

This enables researchers who have recently obtained their PhD to further develop their ideas.  Grants are worth up to €250,000 each over a three-year period.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Royal Society: University Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 3rd September 2019

The Royal Society invites applications for its university research fellowships. These enable early-career scientists to build an independent research career in their field. This covers all fields of natural sciences, including biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and

physics, but excludes clinical medicine and biomedical research. Three additional awards are available for fellows working in areas primarily and directly relevant to global challenges faced by developing countries, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Applicants must hold a PhD and have three to eight years of research experience since obtaining their PhD. They must not hold a permanent post in a university or non-profit organisation. There are no nationality restrictions, but fellowships are tenable in the UK only.

Fellowships are awarded for five years, but extensions may be awarded for three additional years. Awards include a maximum salary of £40,300 per year and research expenses of up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 for every year thereafter. The Royal Society will cover costs at 80 per cent full economic cost.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Science Foundation Ireland: Royal Society / SFI University Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 3rd September 2019

This supports scientists in the Republic of Ireland who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders within natural sciences. Eligible fields include biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics but excludes clinical medicine.  Funding is provided for five years and includes salary costs and research expenses of up to €15,000 for the first year and up to €13,000 annually thereafter.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research: Senior Fellowships

Closing Date: 4th September 2019 (forecast)

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

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

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

For more information visit the funders’ webpage.

 


 

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

Closing Date: 4th September 2019

The Medical Research Council invites proposals for its new investigator research grant in molecular and cellular medicine. This supports researchers who are capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are ready to take the next step towards that goal within the areas of molecular and cellular medicine. Applicants are expected to combine their time with a portfolio of other activities, such as other research grants or clinical duties, teaching, administration duties, or other time spent in faculty. They are expected to spend up to 50 per cent of their contracted working time on the grant. Research involving trials of clinical treatments is not supported.

Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate that their skills and experience at the time of their application match those of the transition to independence career stage. They must hold at least a graduate degree, and are usually expected to have a PhD or an MD. The research may be carried out at the UK institution at which the applicant is based or an eligible UK research organisation to which they wish to move. Applicants may hold a lecturer appointment, a junior fellowship, or be in another research staff position. Those who hold or have held early-career training fellowships are also eligible. Co-investigators are allowed if they bring expertise to the project that is outside of the applicant’s field.

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

  • a salary commensurate with the time attributed to the project, up to 50 per cent of the applicant’s total contracted working time;
  • a salary for the hours attributable to the project of any co-investigators;
  • support for additional research or technical costs;
  • consumables and equipment;
  • travel costs;
  • data preservation, data sharing and dissemination costs.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

European Molecular Biology Laboratory: EIPOD4 Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 5th September 2019

This supports academic, industry and clinical self-designed interdisciplinary research projects based at EMBL. There are 20 fellowships available that include three years of funding, travel and accommodation costs to visit partner labs and conference funds.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement: Wonder Match – Manchester

Closing Date: 6th September 2019

These enable researchers and community organisations to meet and develop ideas for public engagement with science. The Manchester event takes place on 8 October 2019.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Travel Grant

Closing Date: 11th September 2019

This supports young scientists active in the field of physics in attending the annual gathering of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

European Molecular Biology Laboratory: EI3POD Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: 12th September 2019 (forecast)

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory and Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions invite applications, under the EMBL interdisciplinary postdocs (EIPOD) initiative, for the EI3POD postdoctoral fellowship programme. This enables researchers to take part in international and interinstitutional collaborations, or an intersectorial experience, whilst carrying out interdisciplinary research.

Applicants should propose their own research projects, and choose one of the three available specialisation pathways.

Applicants of any nationality who hold a PhD or have four years of full-time equivalent research experience may apply. Scientists who are currently doing postdoctoral research at other institutions may apply, as well as postdoctoral researchers at EMBL, provided that the previous affiliation does not exceed 12 months in the last three years prior to submission deadline.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research: Training Fellowships

Closing Date: 12th September 2019

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) invites applications for its training fellowships. These support early-career researchers from any area of medical, biological or veterinary research, focusing on developing new skills and gaining a breadth of research experience. Applications that integrate a range of disciplines or include an industrial partner are particularly encouraged. In 2019, applications incorporating greater use of non-mammalian model organisms for 3Rs purposes are preferred.

Applicants must have a maximum of three years of postdoctoral experience. Final year PhD students may apply but must be awarded their PhD before the fellowship commences. UK higher education institutes, independent research organisations and research council institutes are eligible to host the fellow. Researchers who already hold a permanent contract of employment at the host institution, such as lectureship position, are not eligible. There are no residency requirements and international applicants are eligible to apply, however, the host organisation must ensure that all necessary work permits are in place prior to the fellowship starting.

Funding covers a commensurate salary and up to £15,000 per year for other directly incurred research costs over two years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

UK Postdocs: Shaping Postdoc Culture – The Second National Postdoc Meeting

Event Date: 13th September 2019

A grass-roots event organised by postdocs, for postdocs, to discuss issues concerning career progression, options and opportunities, and propose solutions from the postdoc perspective.

For more information visit the event webpage.

 


 

Medical Research Council: Career Development Award

Closing Date: 18th September 2019

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

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society;
  • Parkinson’s UK;
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health;
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Association.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the opportunities to establish collaborative networks and for cross-sector development as the award will support a period of research overseas, at a second UK institution or within industry if appropriate.

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

Funding is provided for five years and covers salary, support for research staff, consumables, travel costs and capital equipment. There is no limit for funding, and awards are made at the full economic costing framework.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Government of Canada: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 19th September 2019 (forecast)

The Government of Canada, via the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, invites applications for the Banting postdoctoral fellowships. These support postdoctoral applicants who will contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth. The specific objectives are:

•attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent both nationally and internationally;

•develop fellows’ leadership potential;

•position them for success as research leaders.

The areas of research supported are health, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities.

Candidates may be of any nationality and must hold a PhD, a PhD-equivalent or health professional degree. Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have obtained their degree from a Canadian university may hold their fellowship at a Canadian or foreign institution. Non-Canadian applicants or Canadian citizens and permanent residents who obtained their qualifications from a foreign university must hold their fellowship at a Canadian institution. Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position. Eligible host institutions are universities, affiliated research hospitals, and colleges or non-profit organisations with a strong research mandate and capacity.

Fellowships are worth CAD 70,000 each per year for two years and approximately 70 awards are available every year.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Lundbeck Foundation, Denmark: Fellowships

Closing Date: 20th September 2019

These enable young researchers to establish an independent profile or research group within biomedical, clinical or health sciences. Fellowships are worth DKK 10 million each over five years.  Applicants must have received their PhD within the last eight years and must work within the fields of health and biomedicine or related fields. The call is open to researchers of any nationality to conduct research in Denmark. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Royal Academy of Engineering: Public Engagement Awards

Closing Date: 23rd September 2019

These support projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. Projects that reach and engage with engineers and audiences from deprived neighbourhoods, different genders and diverse ages and ethnic backgrounds are given preference.  Awards are worth between £3,000 to £30,000 per project. Project activities must take place between 1 May 2020 and 31 July 2021.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

University of Manchester: Presidential Fellowship for Basic Science and Applied Health Research

Closing Date: 25th September 2019

The Presidential Research Fellowships in Biology, Medicine and Health offer a three-year contract, salary to be determined based on current salary and research level, plus up to £10,000 per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

Society of Biological Psychiatry, US: AE Bennett Research Awards

Closing Date: 27th September 2019

These recognise research in basic science and clinical or translational science by young investigators in the field of biological psychiatry. Awards are worth USD 5,000 each.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


  

NERC: Grant to Embed Engagement

Closing Date: 30th September 2019

NERC are inviting proposals for small projects which will demonstrate how the NERC public engagement with research strategy aligns with activity that our community and institutions are, and plan to be, delivering.  Successful proposals will receive between £2,000 and £5,000 to deliver the project between November 2019 and March 2020.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

 


 

European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics: Alain Bensoussan Fellowships

Closing Date: 30th September 2019

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.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.