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.

Detailed information on these schemes, and the current call, is available on their grants pages.

The Newton Fund is a £375 million fund operated by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. It provides £75 million a year for five years, from 2014/15 and the intention is that UK funding is matched by partner countries. Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries. By working together on bi-lateral and multi-lateral programmes with a research and innovation focus, the UK will build strong, sustainable, systemic relationships with partner countries.

Our partner countries will also be offering opportunities to UK researchers.

Further information about the Newton Fund is available from the Government’s Newton webpage.