Applications are invited for Mildred Blaxter postdoctoral fellowships for the applicants of all nationalities. The award provides support for individuals who have recently completed a PhD in the field of the sociology of health and illness, to enable them to disseminate findings of their thesis through publications and presentations, and/or to develop a new programme of work related to their thesis.
The Foundation makes grants to fund research fellowships and the following are the terms and conditions attached to such grants and the ways in which the Foundation requires the grants to be administered.
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- Application Deadline: March 31, 2019 (for a mid-2019 start)
- Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing Postdoctoral programme.
- Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded to applicants working in the field of sociology of heath and illness. This may include social science, healthcare and medical departments.
- Award: The award provides full salary costs for one year (including on-costs but not estate or indirect costs), usually at spine point 30 as appropriate, plus £2,500 for research and/or conference expenses. London weighting will be payable where appropriate.
- Number of Awards: Usually two fellowships are awarded each year; this is dependent on the Foundation’s income and is usually confirmed a minimum of three months before the deadline.
- Nationality: Awards will not be restricted to UK or EU citizens therefore applicants of all nationalities.
- The award can be taken in the UK
- Eligible Countries: Awards will not be restricted to UK or EU citizens therefore applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for these fellowships.
- Entrance Requirements: Applications will be considered from individuals who have been awarded a PhD in the field of sociology of health and illness by a UK university and who meet the following criteria:
- The PhD must be awarded on the basis of a research thesis; those with a PhD by publication are not eligible to apply.
- The applicant must have been awarded the degree at the point of application.
- The fellowship is intended to support individuals in their first postdoctoral post but the applicant may normally have up to one year’s active experience from the date of award of their PhD (pro rata for part-time experience) at the time of application. In exceptional circumstances (e.g. maternity leave or prolonged absence due to illness), applicants may be allowed more than one year’s post-PhD experience. Applicants should provide details of this on the relevant part of the form, and are encouraged to discuss this with the Foundation in advance of their application.
- Any new research proposed should be in the field of the sociology of health and illness.
- The application must be supported by the head of a department that can provide an appropriate research environment for a postdoctoral fellow working in the field of the sociology of health and illness, and by a mentor who is able to provide appropriate support and encouragement for the fellow.
- The applicant must not have made a previous application for this fellowship.
Mildred Blaxter Post-Doctoral Fellowships can only be held in a UK university but awards will not be restricted to UK or EU citizens. The fellowship need not be held in the university which awarded the PhD.
Trustees will not be eligible for awards, but other members of their departments will not be excluded from applying.
How to Apply: An application should be made by the recent PhD graduate, using the application form provided below, and signed off by the nominated mentor, the head of department (or equivalent), and an appropriate university finance officer or similar at the UK university where the Mildred Blaxter postdoctoral fellowship is to be held.
The application should outline the work to be undertaken and the expected outputs, in terms of specific publications and grant applications. If ethics approval is required for the planned programme of work, please indicate the ethics committee to which you intend to apply.
Please supply the names of two external referees. Since assessment of the application will be based in part on the quality of the PhD, at least one of these referees should be the external examiner of the thesis.
Where the applicant is also applying for other postdoctoral fellowships, this should be indicated on the application form, and the Trustees notified of the outcomes of other applications as soon as they are announced. If another application is successful, the applicant will be expected to withdraw from the Foundation awards.
Applications will be considered by a panel of three Trustees of the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness, using the following criteria:
- the quality of the applicant’s PhD;
- the contribution to the sociology of health and illness likely to arise from the planned dissemination and/or the proposed new research; and
- the feasibility of the activities proposed for the award period.
Decisions are normally made within eight weeks of the deadline for receipt of applications, and applicants will be informed as soon as possible after a decision has been made. The Trustees regret that they cannot give feedback on applications or the reasons for unsuccessful applications.