Newton International Fellowships

The Royal Society of Biology and British Academy are offering a fellowship for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.

The Newton International Fellowship (NIF) programme provides support for outstanding early career researchers to make a first step towards developing an independent research career through gaining experience across international borders. The fellowships enable researchers to access expertise, gain new perspectives, and build long-lasting collaborative relationships.

The overarching aim of the NIF programme is to attract and retain emerging talent in the UK and build a globally connected, mobile research and innovation workforce. The objectives are to:

  • Attract talented international early career researchers to establish and conduct their research in the UK;
  • Support early career researchers to pursue high-quality and innovative lines of research;
  • Provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new skills and knowledge through training and career development;
  • Foster long-term relationships through networking opportunities and the International Fellowships alumni programme.

Applications for the humanities and social sciences should be made to the British Academy.

Eligibility: This scheme is for you if:

  • you have a PhD, or will have a PhD by the time the funding starts
  • you have no more than seven 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 on research)
  • you are based outside the UK
  • you do not hold UK citizenship
  • you are competent in oral and written English
  • you have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher

Level of funding: The maximum award value will be £280,000 for two years at 80% FEC.

Key dates

  • 13 March 2024: applications close 17:00 GMT

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