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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Royal Society – Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship


Applications are welcomed for the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship. This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine, and female candidates are particularly invited to apply. 

This scheme offers holders the opportunity to:
— Hold appointments on a part-time basis or convert from full-time to part-time and back again to help match work and other commitments, such as parental or caring responsibilities etc.
— Claim back time spent deferring the fellowship and/or working part-time at the end of the fellowship.
— Claim some funds for family support where these can be justified on scientific grounds, e.g. the cost of child care during a conference or collaborative visit abroad (those funds can be applied for during the Fellowship).

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a current need for flexible support due to personal circumstances at the time of application. This can include current parenting or caring responsibilities (such as raising children or looking after ageing or seriously ill family members), clinically diagnosed health issues or other personal circumstances that create a need for a flexible working pattern. Please contact the grants team if you would like clarification on whether you meet this eligibility requirement.

Deadline for Applications: 12th January 2015
*Please note – all applications must go through your Research Facilitation team

Royal Society – Brian Mercer Feasibility Award


Applications are welcomed for the Brian Mercer Feasibility Award. The scheme provides initial support of up to £30,000 to test the feasibility of a project (max 12 months), enabling applicants to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their scientific research, possibly in conjunction with a third party. This award is designed to promote innovation and fill the funding gap between scientific research and the exploitation of an idea through venture capital investment, in the general areas of electrotechnology and biomedical sciences.

The Brian Mercer Feasibility Award is open to applicants of any nationality who have a PhD (or are of equivalent standing in their profession), who hold a substantive post in a UK university or not-forprofit research organisation and who will be in post for at least the duration of the project. The project must commence within three months of the date of notification. Applicants may make only one application per round. Applications from individuals or groups who already have established contacts with industrial or commercial collaborators are particularly encouraged.

Deadline for applications: These awards now operate on a rolling basis. There is no closing date as such, and applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted. Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit their proposals as soon as possible.

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*Please note – all applications must go through your Research Facilitation team

Royal Society: India-UK Scientific Seminars


The Royal Society is currently offering a scheme to which mid-career scientists can apply in order to host a three day scientific seminar between the UK and India.

The meeting may take place in either the UK or India and may have up to 20 attendees (5 from the visiting country and up to 15 from the host country). The scheme is intended to encourage scientific discussion and to promote collaboration and knowledge transfer by encouraging interaction within the wide research community.

The deadline is 10 June 2014.

For more information visit this link.

Diversity in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

On Tuesday 25 March 2014 the Royal Society are holding a Wikipedia edit-a-thon event for people who want to learn how to edit Wikipedia, in particular topics relating to diversity in science and technology in relation to geography, culture, gender, ethnicity and disability. New and experienced editors are welcome; there will be training sessions for those new to editing, and experienced helpers will be available. For more details on the event and to suggest potential topics see the event page on Wikipedia.

Please book for either the afternoon or the evening session; there will be light refreshments laid on. There will be presentations on editing for new editors at about 2.15 and 6.15, lasting about 40 minutes, and there will be experienced editors on hand throughout to give assistance.

There are limited tickets available. To book a place on the afternoon or evening session please follow the relevant link below:

If you have any questions about Diversity in science, Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Royal Society please contact John Byrne, Wikimedian in Residence at the Royal Society