24/05/2021

International Fellowship programme in Natural Sciences, in the UK - British Academy and the Royal Society

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These fellowships are for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.

This scheme is jointly run by the British Academy and the Royal Society.

Please note, as the Royal Society will no longer run any new grant calls with funding from the Newton Fund, there will be no new Newton Fund Newton International Fellowships awarded by the Royal Society for this round going forward. Researchers from any country, including Newton Fund countries, are still eligible to apply for this round of the Newton International Fellowship.

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, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • have a PhD, or will have a PhD by the time the funding starts
  • have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry)
  • be working outside the UK
  • not hold UK citizenship
  • be competent in oral and written English
  • have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host scientist

For full details of all eligibility requirements, please read our scheme notes (PDF).

What is the scheme’s value and tenure?

The Newton International Fellowships provide funding for two years, covering:

  • subsistence, at a fixed rate of £24,000 per annum
  • research expenses
  • relocation expenses
  • contribution to visa costs for Newton International Fellow and their dependents (partner and children)
  • contribution to overheads at UK Host Organisation

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.

Successful applicants may also be eligible to receive annual funding following completion of their fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers.

More information here

Deadline: 16 June 2021.