Newton International Fellowships

The deadline for sending expressions of interest to Institute Directors is Wednesday 26 May 2021.

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 to cover research expenses in each year of the fellowship. A one-off payment of up to £3,500 for relocation expenses in year one only is also available. Awards include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the total award to the visiting researcher.

Process: 

Actions for applicants due by 26th May 2021 at the latest:

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 and researcher.

Actions for the School:

  • Confirmation of support from the School will be communicated directly to applicants.

Working on the Proposal and Internal Processes:

  • Once support has been agreed, Research Services will coordinate the application process;
  • the SAS Co-applicant and/or Director will act as peer reviewers in this call;
  • Costing and ethical assessment will be undertaken by the 9th June at the very latest (Research Ethics Self Check Form will have been submitted and approved by 9th June in accordance with the Research Ethics Guidance, which can be found at https://www.sas.ac.uk/research/research-policies-and-protocols/research-ethics)
  • Confirmation of nominated referees should also take place before 9th June (one by the Applicant and one by the UK (SAS) Co-applicant)
  • Final paperwork must be submitted to Research Services via the FlexiGrant portal by 10th June at the latest to ensure all checks can be undertaken including the institutional risk assessment and final approval (institutional and online) can be given before the deadline.

If you need any assistance with this call, please contact the School Research Services.