The Royal Society URF Call has now opened! The scheme provides the opportunity for exceptional researchers/early career academics to build an independent research career, and those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. These awards are extremely prestigious and offer 5 years of independent funding, with an option to apply for a further 3 year extension.
The applicant must:
- have a PhD (the Royal Society will not consider applicants who have just submitted their PhD)
- be in the early stages of their research career (between 3 to 8 years of research experience since their PhD) by the closing date of the round
- not hold a permanent post in a university or not-for-profit organization in the European Economic Area (EEA)
- be a citizen of the EEA or a be a Swiss citizen (or have a relevant connection to the EEA or Switzerland e.g. hold a PhD from the EEA or Switzerland, or has worked in the EEA or Switzerland for at least two years)
This scheme is highly competitive, however help will be on hand during the summer to offer support to those who wish to apply. If you are interested in applying please email us to arrange an initial 1:1 meeting within 2 weeks (up until the 31st July). This initial meeting is important as it will clarify your eligibility and suitability for the scheme, and will allow us to set milestones to ensure you meet the deadlines. Anybody who informs us of their intent to apply after the 31st July may still be considered but we can’t guarantee the same level of support.
The official deadline for this call is 3rd September 2015 (the tentative Research Services Deadline is 27th August 2015, but this is not yet confirmed).