Newton International Fellowships

The deadline for sending expressions of interest to Institute Directors is Friday 21 February 2020.

All SAS member institutes welcome proposals from suitably qualified applicants for the Newton International Fellowships scheme. The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. 

Applicants must have a PhD, or be in the final stages of their PhD, provided it will be completed (including viva) by the start of the fellowship. Applicants should 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). Applicants must be working outside the UK, must not hold UK citizenship, must be competent in oral and written English, and have a clearly fined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher. Fellowships are tenable for up to two years. They include a subsistence award of up to £24,000 per year, up to £8,000 per year for research expenses and a one-off payment of up to £3,000 for relocation expenses (£2,000 for EEA nationals).


Actions due by 21st February 2020:

Expressions of interest should include

  • a suggested UK host researcher (if not the Director),
  • a CV,
  • a paragraph describing adherence to eligibility criteria,
  • a 100-word abstract, and
  • a brief outline (2 pages maximum) of the research proposal, including intended publications and how the proposal research mutually benefits the UK host researcher.

Actions due by 28th February 2020:

  • Confirmation of support from the School will be communicated directly to applicants by the research services.
  • Once support is agreed, the Institute Director or the host researcher will provide full support in drafting the grant proposal. The research services will meanwhile provide full support and respond to any queries regarding the call, help with budgetary details and coordinate any other internal processes as necessary.

Actions due by 6th March:

  • Ensure online application has started and access to it and/or a relevant template has been provided to ensure conformity with funder's requirements.

Actions due by 13th March:

Actions due by 20th March:

  • Final paperwork must be submitted to Research Services via the FlexiGrant portal to ensure all checks can be undertaken including the institutional risk assessment and final approval (institutional and online) can be given.


Once approved, the application process will be coordinated by the School Research Services.