Royal Society Pairing Scheme

Royal SocietyThe Royal Society is offering a training scheme for scientists to gain insight in to how parliament and government work, and how you can use your research findings to inform policy making.

To take part in the scheme you will need to be able to travel to London for the Week in Westminster and be willing to arrange for your parliamentarian or civil servant pair to visit you at your research facility. The Royal Society will cover your travel and subsistence costs, including accommodation, for the Week in Westminster.

The Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists across all science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) disciplines working in academia or industry. To be eligible for the scheme applicants are required to have at least two years postdoctoral research experience or equivalent research experience in industry.

For more information and to apply visit this link.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 24 May 2015.

Research Visits to Japan: Two Opportunities!

This week I have received information about two separate fellowship opportunities for PhD Students and post docs to work in Japan. One is with Toshiba and the other is with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Details of each can be found below and as an attachment. If you’re interested in applying I’d be happy to support you in any way I can.

Toshiba Fellowship Programme 2014

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. The Programme has successfully operated for over 25 years, enjoying a strong and long-running collaboration with the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) as well as fostering and developing the relationship between Japanese industry and UK academia. The successful Fellow receives a generous package, including a fixed salary and relocation assistance to and from Japan, together with support and advice prior to and during their stay.

Toshiba Fellows usually remain in their team for up to two years. The type of work carried out depends mainly on which team the Fellow joins and the research project area. A normal working day is standard eight hours, Monday to Friday. So that they can settle in and feel at home in their work and a new country, Toshiba assigns a mentor to assist the Fellow in and outside of the workplace.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Be a PhD-level researcher
  • Be of EU nationality
  • Be based in a UK academic or Government institution at the time of application (studying or working)
  • Have no more than 10 year’s post-Doctoral experience
  • Have completed their PhD by the time they begin working for Toshiba in Japan.

ICT/Software Research Topics

  • Next-generation storage system architecture for cloud data centres
  • Application data flow security processed on heterogeneous cloud systems
  • System security of the industrial internet
  • Medical image analysis and reconstruction
  • Machine learning for media data understanding
  • Software analysis with dynamic trace data mining
  • Dynamic software management technology for secure and reliable Linux systems through resource partitioning

Proposals from applicants for new advanced research topics which are relevant to this year’s Toshiba Fellowship Programme research areas are also welcome.

How to Apply

  • Visit the Toshiba Fellowship Programme website:
  • Look at the current year’s research topics
  • Register your interest online by completing the initial application questions
  • Eligible applications are then sent an application form
  • You must apply by sending the paper application form by the application closing deadline (6th December 2013)
  • You are also invited to attach up to two of your own research papers
  • You must also submit two references to complete your application

Full details of the programme can be found on the attached PDF or on their website:

JSPS London: Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term)

This Programme provides the opportunity for short-term visits for young pre- and post-doctoral UK researchers and researchers from Europe and North America based in the UK to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions. The Programme is designed to provide researchers with first-hand experience of the research and living environment in Japan, whilst expanding academic exchange between Japan and the United Kingdom. Researchers from all fields of sciences including humanities and social sciences are eligible to apply. Awards will cover visits of 1 to 12 months. Successful applicants are asked to start their awards in Japan between May 2014 and 31 March 2015

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must be from:

  • UK
  • All European Union countries (as of 1st April 2013) as well as Switzerland and Norway
  • USA and Canada

Nationals of other countries may be eligible to apply for funding through JSPS Headquarters. Please check their fellowship programmes and eligibility criteria by referring to the following web page:

  • Post docs must have obtained their PhD at a university outside of Japan with the last 6 years (on or after 2 April 2008)
  • PhD Students must be enrolled in a doctoral course in the UK and not Japan and be scheduled to receive their PhD within 2 years from the time of starting tenure in Japan

Research Topics

All computer science related topics are welcomed.

How to Apply

Visit the call website ( There is information there, including a guide for applicants and a checklist documenting everything you should supply. Applications can be submitted electronically to by the 5 December 2013. They must be as Word documents.

eFuturesXD Awards

eFuturesXD is a cross-disciplinary funder, offering awards to support UK academics in electronics as they initiate collaborative research across their discipline boundary. In this instance they are looking for collaborations which fall within the EPSRC ICT portfolio.

Currently 4 awards are available:

  • Travel Award – £5,000 to enable visits and exchanges
  • Meeting Award – £10,000 to organise events to build a consortium
  • Facility Award – £20,000 for the use of expensive facilities
  • Staff Award – £60,000 for carrying out larger scoping studies or for extended visits to teams within another discipline

In order to be eligible, you must conform to EPSRC eligibility guidelines, and therefore must hold an academic post. The proposal must involve at least two partners from UK universities and be cross-disciplinary within ICT. At least one applicant must be from the electronics community and must be active within eFutures, having registered with the website (, provided their user profile and participated in network activities as appropriate.

Distribution of Funds

eFuturesXD has a total of £600,000 (100% FEC) to distribute over a three year period. They anticipate the release £100,000 (100% FEC) in each six month period of the grant although the panel are able to be flexible if required. The panel will meet every month to discuss applications and look at the overall portfolio.

If you are interested in applying for one of these awards please contact me.

Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme

The Royal Society invites applications for its international exchanges scheme. This offers a flexible platform for UK-based scientists to interact with the best scientists around the world. Funds contribute towards travel, subsistence and research expenses, and can be requested for either a one-off short visit in order to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute for the duration of the project. Collaborations should be based on a single project involving the UK-based scientist and the overseas-based scientist. Collaborations with any country outside the UK are eligible for this scheme.

Applicants may request:

  • up to £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to three months;
  • up to £6,000 for multiple visits to be completed within one year, including a maximum of £1,000 for research expenses;
  • up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within two years, including a maximum of £2,000 for research expenses.

Deadline: 20 Feb 13

Google EMEA Travel and Conference Grants for Female Computer Scientists

As part of Google’s on-going commitment to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, they are offering Google EMEA Travel and Conference Grants.

To encourage attendance at technical conferences, the winners will receive:

  •  Free registration for the conference
  • Up to 1000 EUR towards travel costs

To be eligible for a conference grant, the candidate must:

  •  Be a female working in or studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or technical field related to the conference subject
  • Have a strong academic background with demonstrated leadership ability
  • Attend the core day(s) of the main conference

Full details and how to apply:

There doesn’t appear to be a deadline, so you can apply at any time, but it is only relevant for conferences chosen by Google which will be announced in the new year.