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

MRC & Academy of Medical Sciences Policy Internship

MRC logoThe Medical Research Council (MRC) have announced a policy internship for PhD students funded by them, in partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Successful applicants will undertake a three-month placement at the Academy’s offices in central London, joining their policy team. The scheme is designed to give students first-hand experience of the medical science policy and communications environment, to gain insights into how research can impact on policy, and to build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and key science and health stakeholders. Interns will also spend some time at the MRC Head Office.

The scheme is open to all MRC-funded PhD students (based in a university or MRC centre, unit or institute), including clinicians undertaking a PhD as part of their MRC Clinical Research Training Award who will be in their third or fourth years of their PhD when their internship takes place. The scheme can also be undertaken in the three month period immediately following the end of a student’s fourth year. The successful students will be supported by an extension to their PhD maintenance stipend.

Applications are welcomed from 16 September until 1 November 2013. Interviews will take place in mid-November 2013.

To be eligible to apply, students must have their supervisor’s support and confirmation that they are funded by the MRC. For more information visit the MRC website at: For details of the application process visit the AMS website at: