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Biometrika Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for International Students in UK, 2018

The new Biometrika Research Fellowship is now available for 2018 intake. The Biometrika Trust offers a 2 or 3-year research fellowship, for junior researchers in statistical theory or methodology.

It is aimed at those among the most outstanding recent Ph.D. graduates who are capable of self-direction.

Biometrika is primarily a journal of statistics in which emphasis is placed on papers containing original theoretical contributions of direct or potential value in applications. From time to time, papers in bordering fields are also published. Biometrika is produced by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Biometrika Trust.

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Scholarship Description: 

  • Application Deadline: March 26, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue Postdoctoral programme.
  • Study Subject: The Biometrika Trust offers a 2 or 3-year research fellowship, for junior researchers in statistical theory or methodology (despite the name of the Trust, the research does not have to be biostatistical).
  • Scholarship Award: The fellowship offers an annual salary on the scale £33,518-£37,551 (plus London weighting if appropriate), research support costs of £4000 (2 years) or £5000 (3 years), and up to £5000 funding for a ‘career development event’ to be devised and organized by the Fellow. Applications should be made by the (potential) Fellow, who should have identified and sought the support of a suitable UK host department.
  • Nationality: There are no nationality or citizenship restrictions.
  • Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given
  • Scholarship can be taken at UK Universities

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this fellowship.

Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

  • No citizenship restrictions.
  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. before taking up the Fellowship or at least have passed their degree subject to minor amendments. Preference will be given to applicants with at most three years of post-doctoral experience.
  • Fellowships must be hosted in a UK university or a suitable UK public-sector research institution.
  • Compliance with UK Visa requirements: it is the responsibility of the host department to get UKVI approval once an award is made.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University

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Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: Applications should be sent by email to s.harden-at-ucl.ac.uk, by 26 March 2018. Attachments must be in plain text, Word or PDF format. Informal inquiries about this Fellowship can be made to the same email address. Interviews are likely to take place in May 2018.

  1. Covering letter, about 1 page in length, describing in general terms future research direction, career plans and the benefit from a BiometrikaFellowship, and indicating proposed start date.
    2. CV, including names and contact details of three referees. Reference letters will be sought by the Trust, and should not be included with the application.
    3. WWW links to completed but unpublished papers.
    4. Description, in not more than 4 pages, of planned research programme if offered a Biometrika Fellowship, to include the following information :
    (a) What are your research achievements so far? How have they been published or presented? What impact have they had?
    (b) What is the background to your proposed research?
    (c) What research will you undertake? Why is it important and timely? What impact do you think it will have? Why are you applying for a 2 or a 3-year fellowship?
    (d) Which areas of your proposed research are speculative or adventurous and which are more ‘safe’?
    (e) How independent are you and your research plan? How much do you rely on your thesis advisor or another collaborator? Why is your proposed host department appropriate? (Slight preference may be given to candidates wishing to move to a new location).
    (f) What is your current plan for disseminating your research in the form of conference presentations, papers or other media?
    (g) Justification for travel costs (for conferences and research collaborations) and other research support resources, up to a total of £4K.
    5. Plan for a career development event for young statisticians (up to £5K, funded by Biometrika) to be organized by the fellow.
    6. Letter of support from host institution(s), describing research environment, including the presence of cognate researchers and promise of mentoring, and expectations on the Fellow in terms of teaching and other duties.

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