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

Vitae Research Staff Conference 2014

Vitae are delighted to be opening bookings for the Vitae Research Staff Conference. In its sixth year, the event, run in partnership with the UK Research Staff Association, will explore the recognition and value of research staff. The conference will bring together researchers of various career stages, representatives from research staff associations, and those supporting the development of researchers, to address topics, such as:

  • Taking control of your career – keynote address by Dr Sophia Karagiannis, King’s College London
  • Professional development planning for research staff
  • Doing more with your RSA and engaging with UKRSA
  • Intrapreneurship: What value do you add to your organisation?
  • The recognition of research staff by funders, institutions, and employers
  • Demonstrating your value to others

Vitae are currently opening a call for workshops. Find out about their criteria and email them if you would like to submit your idea.

Sense About Science – Social Media Workshop

Sense About Science will be holding a Standing up for Science media workshop at the Society of Chemical Industry, London on Friday 3rd October. This full day event is free and for early career researchers in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job). 

During the workshop we combine discussion about science-related controversies in media reporting with practical guidance and tips for how to deal with the media. Please find further information here.

These workshops are very popular and places are limited. To apply send a CV and short cover letter explaining your reasons for applying to Victoria Murphy: vmurphy@senseaboutscience.org

Closing date for applications is Friday 19th September.