Temporary postdoctoral grant-funded positions
Training opportunities for students at CERN
QMUL undergraduate students can apply for training periods at CERN.
Funding Opportunities for PostDoctoral Research
There are a number of sources of funding for PostDoctoral Fellowships. The group would welcome good candidates who manage to secure funding through such sources. If you are interested in applying to any of the schemes detailed below we can offer help and guidance with the application process - please contact the academic you wish to work with.
A summary of the main criteria (as of June 2011) for each available scheme are detailed below along with the 2010 closing dates. Please note that the criteria, availability and closing dates change from year to year so please refer to the specific website for each scheme.
EU Marie Curie Fellowships
The EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) Marie Curie Fellowships call is now open for early-career post-doc researchers, providing salary, travel and research expenses for an individual moving from one country to another, including within Europe. Applications are open for any research topic and are usually for a period of two years. The deadline is Wednesday 14 August. Please contact QM's EU Unit Manager, Joint Research Management Office for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org. These will be the final fellowships awarded under FP7, before the new programme, Horizon 2020, begins in 2014. Further information on funding can be found here.
STFC Studentship Enhancement Programme
* New scheme
* up to 1 year of support for completing STFC-funded students
STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships
* New scheme with details published later in the year
* hold PhD
* 12 awards per year
* 5 years duration
University Research Fellowship
* offers ~30/year, all sciences
* Must hold PhD already and 1-3 post-doc positions
* Must be a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), ie European Union, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein; or a Swiss citizenor have a relevant connection to the EEA or Switzerland (a relevant connection can be established if an individual has a PhD from a university in the EEA or Switzerland, or has worked as a research scientist in a university or research institute in the EEA or Switzerland for at least the past two years, or has done so before taking up an appointment outside the EEA or Switzerland).
* Initially funding is provided for five years followed by an extension of three years. In exceptional circumstances the Society can consider a further extension taking the fellowship to a maximum of 10 years.
* Provides funding to cover the research fellow's salary costs, estates costs and indirect costs. Under the full economic costing model, 80 per cent of these costs will be met by the Royal Society. Research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter) will also be provided. The Research Fellowship provides researchers with maximum flexibility and can be held part-time, and allows sabbaticals, secondments or international experience.
* success rate approx 6%
* Next round opens in July 2013, closing date ~September
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkins Fellowship
* 5 per year, success rate about 4%
* applicants must demonstrate a current need for flexible support due to personal circumstances at the time of application. This can include: current parental/caring responsibilities, e.g. raising children or looking after ageing or seriously ill family members; or clinically diagnosed health issues.
* Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career. As an example, applicants could have had one or two post doc positions. Applicants who have not yet submitted their PhD, must have done so by 1 October 2010 and, if offered an appointment, cannot take it up until a successful result has been received. The latest date the award can be deferred to is 1 January 2011.
* be a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), i.e. European Union, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein; or a Swiss citizen or have a relevant connection to the EEA or Switzerland (a relevant connection can be established if an individual has a PhD from a university in the EEA or Switzerland, or has worked as a research scientist in a university or research institute in the EEA or Switzerland for at least the past two years, or has done so before taking up an appointment outside the EEA or Switzerland).
* Up to 4 years funding. Provides funding to cover the research fellow's salary costs, estates costs and indirect costs. Under the full economic costing model, 80 per cent of these costs will be met by the Royal Society. Research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter) will also be provided.
Leverhulme Early career fellowship
* Around 70 fellowships available but across all disciplines
* degree from UK HE institution, or academic position in UK
* under 35
* hold PhD (or submitted it by closing date)
* 50% salary cost up to £23000/annum
* 2 or 3 years to commence between start of academic year and 1 May
* call for 2014 round will open in September 2013
Royal Comission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowship
* Citizens of UK, Commonwealth, Ireland or Pakistan
* He or she should either have spent at least two out of the past three years at a UK Institution, or be intending to hold the Fellowship at a UK Institution, or both.
* The Research Fellowship stipend payable in 2013 is £30,000 for the first year and £31,500 for the second and third years. In addition a London (Overseas) Weighting of £2,500 per annum is payable in appropriate cases. Final year fellows are also sponsored to attend a Royal Society communication skills course. Stipends are reviewed annually.
* closing date for 2013 round was February 2013
Loreal Women in Science awards
* Around 4 UK and Ireland Fellowships awarded per year to outstanding women scientists in the early stages of their career to enable and/or facilitate promising scientific research
* Support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life or physical sciences
* The value of each fellowship is £15,000
* Candidates must have no more than 10 years active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience
* Candidates must not currently hold a permanent academic post
* 2013 round closed in March 2013
Newton International Fellowships
* Support for two years at UK research institutions for researchers from all over the world.
* Grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and £8,000 to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of £2,000.
* Newton Fellows who remain in research will be granted a 10 year follow-up funding package worth £6,000 per annum.