Newton International Fellowships 2016 for Early Career Researchers around the World

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Deadline: 9 March 2016

The British Academy, the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences are currently inviting applications from early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world for its Newton International Fellowships Scheme 2016. The major aim of the scheme is to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK.

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.


  • 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 will include 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. Please note that due to funding constraints the alumni programme is not currently available for clinical or patient oriented Newton International Fellows.
  • For Newton Fund countries: The Newton International Fellowships aim to develop research and innovation capacity, supporting the development of a well-trained research community to promote economic development and welfare of partner countries.

Level of Funding

Funding will consist of the following:

  • £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs (tax exempt),
  • up to £8,000 per annum for research expenses,
  • a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation expenses in year one only.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

  • Have a PhD, or applicants in the final stages of their PhD will be accepted provided that the PhD 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 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 researcher.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online through the website.

For more information, please visit Fellowships Scheme 2016.