Toshiba Fellowship Programme applications open

‘The Toshiba Fellowship Programme offers outstanding scientists an annual opportunity to apply to join Toshiba’s research and development laboratories in Japan for up to two years, on a Research Fellowship Contract.

The Toshiba Fellowship Programme is a unique opportunity for recently qualified PhD level scientists, mainly from science, computing and mathematics disciplines. It offers a chance to journey alongside Toshiba into innovation, discovering a new world of research and development, as well as exploring and living a new cultural experience in Japan.’

Deadline 30th November, more details here

 

Arts & Humanities PhD Case Studies: Ministry of Defence

This interview, and the others published over the past and next few weeks, are with the employers represented at the recent King’s College London Arts & Humanities PhD careers event. They have been written by PhD candidate Valeria Valotto, to whom we are very grateful!

From Politics and International Studies PhD to Defence and Security

Dr. Victoria Tuke

Current position: Victoria Tuke works in the Defence Strategy and Priorities team within the Ministry of Defence.

Starting point:

Between 2008 and 2011 I completed a PhD in Politics and International Studies, writing my thesis on Japanese foreign policy.

First turn – Daiwa Scholar

For many years I have been keen to enter public service but with a specific interest in Defence and Security issues. My PhD was a means to an end: a career in government, think tanks and NGO. Immediately after finishing the PhD in 2011 I was lucky enough to get a two-years long Daiwa Scholarship (Daiwa is an Anglo-Japanese Foundation). The scholarship allowed me to hone my Japanese language skills while working ‘hands-on’, this time, for the British Embassy and a Japanese politician, in addition to continuing my own research.

Second turn – Civil Service Fast Stream

Upon returning to the UK in 2013 I secured a job as part of the Civil Service Fast Stream. I had the chance to work in a range of departments including Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and on a short secondment to BAE Systems. In April 2015 I eventually landed my current position at the Ministry of Defence.

How did you make it?

The move from academia to government has been challenging and quite an adjustment. If you are keen on a specific sector or industry my advice is to get your foot in the door first, and only then work your way to your ‘dream job’. Because I did my PhD with the transition in mind I put extra effort in securing a number of internships (editorial, research) in Government and Think Tanks alongside my PhD.

What is the next move?

After developing experience in the ‘reality’ of public and foreign policy, I would very much welcome a portfolio career and any opportunity to return to some form of an academic career in the future.

Fellowship in Japan

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Long Term)

Application Deadline: Thursday, 27th February 2014

Fellowships must be started between 1st September to the 30th November 2014.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. Our Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (LongTerm) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese universities and research institutions for visits of between 12 to 24 months.

Eligible applicants should be citizens of the UK or EU and need to have finished their PhD at a UK university or research institution at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 1 April 2008.

Eligible research fields are limited to natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering science, agricultural and medical research (non-clinical only).

Applications for this fellowship should be submitted to The Royal Society as our nominating authority. Please visit this web page for further information:  http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/jsps-postdoctoral/

Fancy a paid-for trip to Japan? Read on….

JSPS Summer Programme 2014
Application Deadline: Wednesday 15th January 2014 Fellowship to take place during fixed period: 10 June to 20 August 2014

The JSPS Summer Programme provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for 2 months during the summer.

Value of award: Return international airfare, maintenance allowance (534,000, JPY), domestic research trip allowance (58,500 JPY), research-related expense allowance (100,000 JPY) and overseas travel and accident insurance policy are provided.

Eligibility: Applicants need to be a UK national and a current MPhil or PhD student based at a UK university or research institution. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo. Application guidelines and form are available on their website here: http://www.britishcouncil.jp/en/programmes/higher-education/support-researchers

Funding for Postdoctoral Fellowships

**This information is out of date, but please use it for inspiration!**

JSPS London Postdoctoral Fellowship (Short-Term Award)

Call for Applications with Fellowships to Start Between 1 May 2012 to 31 March 2013

Closing Date: Thursday 1 December, 2011

We would like to inform you of our first call of two for applications for the JSPS London Postdoctoral Fellowship (Short-Term Award) for fiscal year 2012. 

JSPS is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. JSPS London plays a key role in the administration of various scientific and academic programmes, whilst expanding bilateral exchange between Japan and the UK.

The JSPS London Postdoctoral Fellowship (Short Term Award) provides the opportunity for pre and postdoctoral UK researchers and European and North American researchers based in the UK to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions for visits of 1 to 12 months.

Eligible research fields are not limited: computer, engineering, health, biological, life, natural and physical sciences, mathematics, humanities and social sciences etc.

Applications are to be sent to JSPS London by 17:30 Thursday 1 December, 2011

Successful applicants are asked to start their fellowship between 1 May 2012 to 31 March 2013.

Application guidelines and documents are available here

 Updated March 2013