Wellcome Trust-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2015

The Wellcome Trust is funding postdoctoral fellowships to gain experience of research at the interfaces between biology/medicine and mathematics, engineering, computer, physical or chemical sciences. Applicants of European Economic area are eligible for this postdoctoral fellowship. Applicants must have a background in the field of biology or medicine or chemistry or physics. The fellowship is for four years full-time, with the fellow based at MIT for two to three years (Phase 1) before returning to a host institution in the UK for the remainder of the award (Phase 2). The application deadline is 7th July 2014.

Study Subject (s): The fellowship is awarded to gain experience of research at the interfaces between biology/medicine and mathematics, engineering, computer, physical or chemical sciences.
Course Level: This scheme offers opportunities for postdoctoral scientists to undertake research firstly at MIT and then at a UK institution.
Scholarship Provider: Wellcome Trust
Scholarship can be taken at: UK and USA

Eligibility: These awards are open to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area.
-If you have already spent a year or more training or working in an academic or research institution in the United States, you are not eligible to apply to this scheme.
-The student should be about to submit their doctoral thesis or have up to, but no more than, three years’ postdoctoral experience from date of your PhD viva to the deadline for applications to the scheme.
-Time spent outside the research environment will be taken into consideration.
-You may have a background in any appropriate field of study (e.g. biology or medicine or chemistry or physics) but you must propose to address an important biomedical research question.

Scholarship Open for International Students: These awards are open to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and UK. NB while Switzerland is not in the EEA, Swiss nationals have the same rights as EEA nationals). 

Scholarship Description: This scheme offers opportunities for postdoctoral scientists to undertake research at the interfaces between biology/medicine and mathematics, engineering, computer, physical or chemical sciences, firstly at MIT and then at a UK institution. Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to propose a personal interdisciplinary training programme to achieve their research aims. The aim is to support those who will train in a new research area that is complementary to, but distinct from, their current field of expertise, to enable an interdisciplinary approach to their research question – e.g. you might be a physicist wanting to work on a biology-based programme, or a biologist wanting to undertake a bio-engineering project.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The fellowship is for four years full-time, with the fellow based at MIT for two to three years (Phase 1) before returning to a host institution in the UK for the remainder of the award (Phase 2). Applicants are not expected to have made definitive arrangements for their return to the UK at the time of their initial application; the Trust acknowledges that any current plan may well be subject to change.

What does it cover? For Phase 1, the Wellcome Trust will provide a stipend, at a level to be determined by your MIT faculty sponsor(s), and additional support to cover miscellaneous expenses including travel, health insurance and small items of equipment. The MIT faculty sponsor(s) will meet all research costs. For Phase 2, the Wellcome Trust will consider providing an appropriate salary for the fellow, research expenses (to cover materials and consumables, animals, if justified, and modest equipment) for the one- to two-year period back in the UK. The award of funds for the return to the UK (Phase 2) will be dependent on submission of a competitive application for continuation of the project at a UK host institution, which will be subject to peer review and possible interview. The fellow may request the postponement of the return to the UK for up to three years (with funding for this period provided by another source). If the Wellcome Trust agrees to the postponement of the return to the UK, an application form as detailed above will be required for approval before funds for the postponed Phase 2 are awarded.

Selection criteria: Awards will be conditional upon a satisfactory performance at interview.
Reviewers typically assess:
-your track record
-the importance of the research question
-the interdisciplinary training component (such as, will a biologist be gaining experience in technologies and/or approaches that are not typically used in biomedical research or will a physicist, for example, be conducting research in a biomedical context?)
-your choice of appropriate research sponsors
the feasibility of the approach
-your vision of how the fellowship will contribute to your career development
-your longer-term aspirations.

Notification: Shortlisted candidates will be notified two weeks before the interview date. Interviews will be conducted at our offices in London.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 7th July 2014.

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