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Durham International Junior Research Fellowships in UK, 2018

Durham University is inviting applications for international junior research fellowships to pursue new research ideas of researchers’ own design, undertaken in collaboration within academic researchers at Durham.

Fellowship is designed to attract the brightest young researchers in Europe and beyond, and build international networks of scholars with a common passion for the deepest theoretical questions and most pressing practical problems facing humanity.

Durham University is a collegiate public research university in Durham, North East England, with a second campus in nearby Stockton-on-Tees. It was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837.

If English is not applicant’s first language they will need IELTS 7.0 (no element below 6.5) or Pearson Test of English Overall Score 70+ (No element below 62).

Scholarship Description:

  • Application deadline:  December 1, 2017
  • Course Level: Fellowship is available for undertaking research.
  • Study Subject: Fellowship spans the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, and proposals should be linked to research programmes of the Institutes and their constituent research centres.
  • Scholarship Award: JRFs receive a training allowance of up to €7k p.a. to fund fieldwork and conference attendance, research consumables, publication costs, impact and outreach activities. Access to Durham research facilities required for the project is provided as part of the Fellowship, as agreed by the Institute Director / Head of Department. The provision of additional research expenses for consumables/fieldwork should be discussed with the Durham academic host since these are not provided by the Fellowship Scheme. Applicants should make costings clear and the relevant Institute Director / Head of Department needs to sign these off as part of the application process on the support proforma to be submitted by the host.
  • Number of Scholarships: Not given
  • Nationality: International
  • Scholarship can be taken in UK

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: International researchers can apply for this fellowship.
  • Entrance Requirements: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:
    • In line with the terms of funding set by Marie Curie, “researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account”. The reference date for this call is 1 July 2018.
    • Applicants from any discipline are eligible to apply.
    • Applicants will normally hold a doctorate and have significant post-doctoral research experience, or its equivalent in a commercial or industrial environment. Exceptional candidates without post-doctoral experience will also be considered.
    • Applicants are expected to propose a programme of original research that is distinct from the work carried out in their doctoral studies.
    • Applicants must submit a complete application as described in the Application Procedures.
  • English Language Requirements: If English is not applicant’s first language they will need IELTS 7.0 (no element below 6.5) or Pearson Test of English Overall Score 70+ (No element below 62).

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Application Procedure:

Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse spectrum of opportunities offered by the Institutes and Centres at Durham, which span the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, and link their proposals to research programmes of the Institutes and their constituent research centres, or the Durham University Business School.

How to Apply: Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse spectrum of opportunities offered by the Institutes and Centres at Durham, which span the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, and link their proposals to research programmes of the Institutes and their constituent research centres, or the Durham University Business School. Applicants may, however, submit a research proposal that is independent of the Institutes, Centres and the Durham University Business School provided that they have a coherent and cogent reason why this research should be conducted in Durham: such ‘free-standing’ Junior Fellows will be affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Study with facilities normally provided in the Department most appropriate to the field of research.

To apply for a Junior Research Fellowship you will need to submit the following through the Durham University online application system under vacancy reference 003610.

  • A letter of application explaining how the application meets the evaluation criteria (see below) and including (i) a summary of the proposed research project (of not more than 200 words) aimed at the general readership; (ii) a statement of the period of time for which they are applying; and (iii) the Institute, Centre or Department within which this research would be carried out.
  • A Curriculum Vitae/ Résumé. This document should provide evidence that the applicant meets the eligibility requirement regarding residency.
  • A statement of 500-1000 words detailing the planned programme of work whilst holding a Junior Research Fellowship at a level that will allow an expert assessor to judge the quality, originality and ambition of the proposed research
  • The names and contact details of two academic referees. You must arrange for your referees to submit their references to HR (cofund.recruitment-at-durham.ac.uk) by the closing date for applications.

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