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Royal Society Newton International Fellowships 2021-22 [Fully Funded; 25 Positions]: Apply by June 16: Expired

Applications are invited for the Royal Society Newton International Fellowships 2021-22.

About the Fellowship

The Newton International Fellowship Scheme was established in 2008 to select the very best early career postdoctoral researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at UK research institutions for two years. Newton International Fellowships are made available by the Royal Society and British Academy.

In addition to the Newton International Fellowships, the K.C. Wong Education Foundation have generously provided the Royal Society with private funding to support additional Fellowships; candidates for which will be selected from the applications submitted to the Newton International Fellowship scheme.

Due to the limited budget of the Newton International Fellowship scheme, it is not possible to support all the high-quality applications that we receive, and the private funding enables the Royal Society to fund further Fellowships.

No. of Fellowship Offered


Aims of the Scheme

This scheme focuses on early career international researchers. The aims of this scheme are as follows:

  • To support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years.
  • To ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world are supported in the UK.
  • To foster long-term relations between Newton International Fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni programme for former Fellows of this Scheme. The alumni programme includes the possible provision of further funding for Newton International Fellows for follow-on activities, to enable links with UK-based researchers to be maintained and developed.
Subjects Covered

Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For a full list, see their guidance page.

Applicant Eligibility
  • Applicants must have a PhD or be in the final stage of their PhD provided that it will be completed (including viva) before the start date of the fellowship. Confirmation of award of the PhD will be required before any fellowship award is confirmed.
  • Applicants should have no more than seven years active full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application, including teaching experience, time spent in industry on research, honorary positions and/or visiting researcher positions. Career breaks must be clearly detailed and explained in the application, for example “Start and end dates – career break – maternity/paternity leave”.
  • Applicants should be working outside the UK and should not hold UK citizenship at the time of application.
  • Applicants who are not currently employed are still eligible but will need to provide details of their previous supervisor.
  • Individuals already living, working or undertaking research in the UK are not eligible to apply.
  • Individuals who have lived, worked or undertaken research in the UK in the 12 months prior to the application deadline are not eligible to apply.
  • Individuals working outside the UK but employed by a UK organisation are also not eligible to apply
  • Applications from individuals who have not studied or worked in the UK previously are encouraged as the scheme aims to establish new links between the applicant and the UK.
  • Applicants who completed their PhD at a UK organisation must have been working and based outside the UK for at least one year at the deadline for the application.
  • Applicants proposing to return to their UK-based PhD organisation and/or PhD supervisor or to their Post-doctoral supervisor will normally be considered to be ineligible and so applicants must have exceptional reasons for proposing to do so.
  • Proposed Fellowships must be carried out in the UK at the UK host organisation for the duration of the Fellowship.
  • Applicants must be competent in oral and written English. The applicant must confirm their competency on the application form and the UK Co-applicant needs to include the applicant’s competency in their supporting statement.
  • Individuals who have previously been in receipt of a Newton International Fellowship are not permitted to apply again.
  • Applicants who have been unsuccessful in a previous round of the competition may make another application in this round.
Value of Funding and Support Provided

Funding will consist of:

  • £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs (tax exempt)
  • up to £8,000 per annum for consumables
  • a one-off payment of up to £3,500 for relocation expenses in year one only
  • contribution towards the cost of dependents’ (partner and children only) visas required to relocate to the UK
  • a contribution will also be made to enable the UK host institution to host a Fellowship; this will be equal to 50% of the award (excluding the additional funding for dependents’ visas).
Duration and Start of Fellowship
  • Fellowships are expected to commence by 30 June 2022.
  • Awards cannot start before 01 January 2022. A start date of the first of the month is preferred. Fellowships will be for held for two years, on a full-time basis.
  • Flexibility during the Fellowship: The Newton International Fellowship is a flexible award. It can be held on either a full-time or on a part-time basis (minimum 0.6FTE) for caring responsibilities. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, shared parental leave, adoptive or extended sick leave as well as financial support for childcare costs that arise from attending conferences etc
How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the fellowship through this link.

Application Deadline

June 16, 2021

For more details, click the link below.

Royal Society Newton International Fellowships 2021-22

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