New Newton fellowship schemes launched

The Academy of Medical Sciences is launching two new fellowship schemes for international researchers as part of the Government’s Newton Fund, which is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Working with the other National Academies they will offer Newton International and Newton Advanced Fellowships to non-UK scientists working in patient-oriented research over the next five years.

  • Newton International Fellowships will provide early career post-doctoral researchers the chance to benefit from an extended period at a host university or research institution in the UK – for up to two years.
  • Newton Advanced Fellowships will support early to mid-career researchers, who have already established (or are well advanced in the process of establishing) a research group or research network and have a research track record, for up to three years. The focus will be on developing their research strengths through collaboration and providing support for more formalised training and development, including short visits to the UK.

The Academy of Medical Sciences is pleased to be collaborating closely with the Royal Society to deliver these two schemes.

In the first call under these schemes, applications for the Newton Advanced Fellowship scheme are invited from researchers in China, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 22 October at 5pm (UK time). Another call for Newton International Fellowships will open in early 2015 and the Academy is working to include opportunities for researchers in additional countries in future calls for both schemes. Continue reading

Creativeworks & London Creative Digital Fusion – Researcher in Residence Scheme

creativeworksldnfusionPlacements in creative businesses are available to PhD students and early career researchers.

Creativeworks London’s Knowledge Exchange team facilitate a careful match for a Doctoral student or early career academic researcher with an appropriate company for a three to four month period. Businesses will be small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) based in London.

Funding of £5000 allows the PhD student to interrupt or extend their study for up to four months or is a stipend for the early career academic researcher. The funding is paid to the relevant University to support the PhD or early career academic researcher undertaking the project over the allotted time frame.

The application form and information about the projects on offer is available here. For information about the process, please read the guidance document. Submit your completed form to Yvonne Castle, Administrator at Cultural Institute at King’s (yvonne.castle@kcl.ac.uk) by Monday 10 February 2014.

BIRAX Regenerative Medicine Initiative Fellowship Scheme for research visits

The BIRAX (the Britain-Israel Research and Academic Exchange) Regenerative Medicine Initiative Fellowship Scheme supports research visits by UK and Israel researchers for up to 6 months to laboratories in the UK and Israel. The emphasis is on early career researchers to further their research experience, establish or strengthen research links, learn new techniques and research methods not available in their home laboratories and to facilitate collaboration between the home and host research groups.

Eligibility: PhD students or post-docs

Awards include: Return travelling expenses to the host institute and a subsistence allowance to cover the Fellow’s living costs. 

Application deadline: 15 December 2013 (assessments will begin on Monday 16 December)

Further information and application forms are available from http://www.britishcouncil.org.il/en/programmes/science/birax/fellowship-scheme.

NERC Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Courses for 2013/2014

NERC is pleased to announce that the new e-brochure for the Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Courses 2013/2014 is now available to download from our website: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/schemes/ppsda.asp. This includes full details of the courses and information on how to apply.

The courses are aimed at PhD students and early career researchers in environmental sciences. They cover a wide range of topics including statistics, modelling, bioinformatics, taxonomy and fieldwork techniques.

Funded places are available and will be allocated to NERC-funded PhD students and early career researchers as a priority. However, if sufficient places are available, other individuals may be eligible to attend.