Marie Curie Individual Fellowships – Call

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The Marie Curie Individual Fellowships Call is now open. These Fellowships are expected to add significantly to the development of the best and most promising researchers active in Europe, in order to enhance and maximise their contribution to the knowledge-based economy and society. This development is achieved through advanced training, possible 3-6 month secondments, as well as international and intersectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in the EU, build telling long term collaborations, and expand their research group size and quality.

Fellowships are either European Fellowships (EF’s) or Global Fellowships (GF’s). The department supports European Fellowships (EFs), which allow Fellows to travel to the UK and work with us in Oxford. Global Fellowships (GFs) are not supported because they pose a significant financial risk if the Fellow does not return after their secondment period (please contact us for more information).

This is designed for experienced researchers only (doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience), who, by the deadline, have been living in the UK for less than 12 months or are applying from another country. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.

The deadline for this call isn’t until the 11th September 2015, however if you can let us know as soon as you think you may want to apply, then we can assist you from there.

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships – Call


L’Oréal UK & Ireland and the UK and Irish National Commissions for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society have partnered together to provide a dedicated UK & Ireland For Women in Science Fellowship programme for women scientists at post-doctoral level to enable and/or facilitate promising scientific research in the life and physical sciences.

This year, for the first time, the fellowships with be open to Computer Scientists. To be eligible, applicants must be female postdoctoral level researchers who have already been awarded their research doctorate, have no more than 10 years’ active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience and must not currently hold, or have ever held, a permanent academic post.

Funding of up to £15,000 is available to support successful applicants for a maximum of 12 months. The Fellowship money can be spent in any number of innovative ways to enable women scientists to pursue their careers and facilitate world class research – such as buying equipment, paying for childcare or funding travel costs to an overseas conference.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13th March 2015. Although you will not need formal internal approval to submit to this call, please let us know here if you intend to apply so that we can keep our records up to date.

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Daphne Jackson Fellowships – Hosting


The MPLS division have been awarded Diversity Funds to create 3 Daphne Jackson Fellowships.  A Daphne Jackson Fellowship is a unique fellowship designed to return STEM professionals to their careers after a break. Fellows normally carry out their research part-time over 2 years, in a University or research establishment in the UK. The Fellowships are flexible and include a tailored training programme designed to update skills and knowledge and support individuals in their return to research. These Fellowships can also be of incredible benefit to PIs and Research groups, and generally helps the University promote part-time working.

In order to progress with recruitment and selection for these 6 positions, it is important at this stage to get an idea of “who” in “which” department would be interested in arranging and hosting a part-time Daphne Jackson Fellow. You may be an individual PI, or a Research group, and see the value in the having such a fellow working with you. We would also welcome hearing from you if you have had experience in hosting such fellowships and any wisdom you can impart.

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RCUK Digital Economy Priority Areas Update


The Research Councils UK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is supporting research to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy. To achieve this they bring together a unique community of researchers (from diverse disciplines including social science, engineering, computer science, the arts and medical research) and users (people, business, government) to study, understand and find solutions to real problems. EPSRC leads the RCUK Digital Economy Theme on behalf of Research Councils UK.

The Digital Economy Theme is actively looking to recruit and support fellows operating in DE priority areas from October 2015. These priority areas include Social Computing, Advancing the Internet of Things for DE and Business and economic models. Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

These fellowships can be 5 years in duration, and principles of the fellowship framework include:
— Specification of the desired qualities, experience, achievements or attributes, and providing flexible support
— At transition points we will put in place mechanisms to re-focus our support on those who have the most potential, through a competitive and outcomes driven review process
— We expect to work in partnership with universities and business to both identify candidates and enhance the research environment for established and emerging leaders.
— To accelerate the development of leadership skills, we will encourage exposure to different environments and ideas, for example by encouraging mobility between different organisations and exposure to creative techniques
— Development of leadership cohorts by networking and provision of access to skills and experience

Deadline for applications 28th February 2015
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Newton International Fellowships – Call


The Newton International Fellowship Scheme, run by the British Academy and the Royal Society, is now open, and will select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world, offering support for two years at UK research institutions. They will provide an opportunity for Researchers to invite and sponsor international colleagues who are currently working abroad, to come work alongside them in the UK.

The scheme will provide grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years following the completion of the Fellowship, with the long-term aim of the scheme to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK.

Both applicant and UK institution will apply jointy for the Newton Fellowship Scheme. The primary considerations are listed below. Successful applications should be strong in all respects:

— The academic research background of the Fellowship Applicant
— The quality of the proposed research project
— The expected benefits for the career development of the Applicant
— The track record of the UK Sponsor and host organisation in the area of proposed research
— The suitability of the UK Sponsor and host organisation for the Applicant’s research project
— The additional benefits for the UK Sponsor and host organisation.

Deadline for Applications – 25th February 2015 with final results to be announced in August 2015. Please let your Research Facilitation Team know if you intend to apply or have any further questions.

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