Newton International Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers in UK, 2017-2018

The British Academy and the Royal Society are pleased to offer 40 Newton international fellowships to researchers of high academic ability for 2017-2018 entry. Scholarships are awarded to undertake postdoctoral research programme at UK research institutions.

The Newton International Fellowship scheme will select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world, and offer support for two years at UK research institutions. The long-term aim of the scheme is to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK.

The Newton International Fellowships Scheme was established in 2008 to select the very best early stage postdoctoral researchers. From 2015 additional Fellowships are supported through the Newton Fund specifically for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries; this new initiative aims to develop long-term sustainable growth and welfare of partner countries through building research and innovation capacity, and forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance commitment. Newton Fund countries include Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey.

Applicants must hold a PhD, or expect to obtain their PhD by the time funding starts, and should have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry). Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing postdoctoral research programme at any UK university or public research institute.

Study Subject(s): The Fellowships cover the broad range of physical, natural and social sciences and the humanities.

Number of Awards: Approximately 40 Newton International Fellowships will be available in this round, with additional Fellowships awarded to individuals from Newton Fund Countries.

Scholarship Award: Funding will consist of the following:

  • £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs (tax exempt),
  • Up to £8,000 per annum for research expenses,
  • A one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation expenses in year one only.

Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following guidelines:
Applicants must hold a PhD, or expect to obtain their PhD by the time funding starts, and should have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry). Additionally, applicants should not hold UK citizenship and should be working outside of the UK at the point of application. Applicants must have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher. For further details please refer to the ‘Eligibility’ criteria below.

Nationality: International students (except UK) can apply for these fellowships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must hold a PhD, or expect to obtain their PhD by the time funding starts, and should have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry). 

Test Requirement: Not Known

English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

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How to Apply: Applications for all Newton International Fellowships should be made online through the Royal Society’s Electronic Grant Application and Processing system.

Royal Society’s Electronic Grant Application

Application Deadline: The application deadline is March 22, 2017.

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