The Newton International Fellowships scheme is overseen by the British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. This scheme aims to improve links between overseas researchers and UK scholars through the provision of two-year research fellowships in the UK for foreign scholars.
The Academy's Visiting Fellowship scheme, launched in 2005, enables early-career scholars from overseas to apply directly to the Academy, in conjunction with their UK hosts, for research visits to the UK of at least two months. The main purpose of the visit should be to enable the visitor to pursue research.
The UK host must be resident in the UK, and must undertake to make all the necessary practical and administrative arrangements for the visit. The Academy grants the title of British Academy Visiting Fellow and awards funding for the visit.
BA/ESRC Chinese Visiting Fellowships: Funds from the Academy and the ESRC have been earmarked to support applicants from China. Application forms and further details are available via the Notes for Applicants.
Second round of BA/AHRC/ESRC earmarked funding for South Asia and the Middle East: Funds have been earmarked under the exisiting scheme to support applicants from South Asia and the Middle East. Scholars granted awards from this funding will be given the title British Academy-AHRC-ESRC Visiting Fellow. For further details please visit the BA/AHRC/ESRC Visiting Fellowships for South Asia and the Middle East Guide to Awards.
Financial basis of the scheme: The scheme is covered under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime. The Academy will contribute 80% of the Full Economic Costs of the visit. If an award is offered, the host institution must ensure that any part of the Full Economic Costs of the project not funded by the British Academy grant is committed to the project before it starts. The maximum grant under the scheme is £12,000 (ie, the Full Economic Costs of the visit are £15,000).
Closing date: 23 November 2007 for visits to take place during the financial year 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009.
Eligibility: British Academy Fellowships are designed for early-career postdoctoral scholars. Applicants must have obtained their doctorates after 1 January 2002. (Academics without a PhD must demonstrate equivalent status.)
Further information: view Notes for Applicants
Method of application: on the Visiting Fellowships application form, available via the Notes for Applicants.
Closing date: TBA – updated information and application forms for the scheme are expected on the website in summer 2007.
Following a review of Fellowship Schemes, the ESRC is re-launching its Research Fellowship Scheme as the Mid-Career Development Fellowship Scheme, and transferring responsibility for the assessment of the scheme from the Research Grants Board to the Training and Development Board.
After the 30th June 2008, applications will no longer be accepted to the current Research Fellowships Scheme. You will be able to apply for Mid-Career Development Fellowships on Je-S from mid-August 2008.
The Mid-Career Development Fellowship Scheme will provide the opportunity for excellent researchers to gain support to take their research to a new level or in a new direction, for example, to work at the interface with another discipline. (For the purposes of the scheme, 'mid career' is defined as between five and fifteen years active postdoctoral or equivalent experience). The scheme will welcome applications from academics seeking support for a programme of work linked to substantive career development. The scheme will also provide a route for researchers seeking to move into academic research from professional practice in allied fields, enabling them to complete a PhD if required. Awards will be made for up to two years and, in exceptional cases, three years. Applicants seeking more flexible working arrangements can apply for full or part time awards.
In re-launching the scheme, the Council will be emphasising that the Research Grants Board welcomes applications for purely theoretical research, and that academics can apply for 100% of their time under both the Small and Standard Grants Schemes.
Full details of the new scheme, including guidance for applicants, is available on the Mid-Career Development Fellowships webpage.
Another funding opportunity for researchers who have recently completed a PhD is the Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. The Postgraduate Training Board operates this one-year funding scheme.
The scheme is designed to support leading social scientists working in the UK, by providing them with the freedom to pursue their own innovative and creative research agendas. Fellows will have an outstanding track record of research and be acknowledged scholarly leaders in their field at the international level. It is expected that the Fellows will seek to achieve a significant contribution to the development of social science.
Fellows will be granted a greater degree of independence than that usually offered under conventional funding mechanisms. When completing their proposals, potential Fellows are asked to provide as much information as possible on methods, hypotheses/research questions and research design in order to assist the ESRC in its decision-making. However, referees and assessors will be judging proposals primarily on the basis of an assessment of the Fellows' ability to produce exciting and ground breaking research outcomes. Assessments regarding creativity and innovation will be of paramount importance. The ESRC accepts that such creativity and innovation may imply greater risks.
Support will be provided for the Fellow through the payment of salary costs. Support may also be provided for additional research assistance costs, and the provision of support for a PhD studentship, linked to the Fellow's award. Fellowships will last for a maximum of three years and it is expected that Fellows can apply for up to a maximum of 60% of their time. ESRC will provide 80% of the full economic cost of the Fellowship. ESRC Professorial Fellows are eligible for RAE entry.
Application procedure: Please check the ESRC’s current funding opportunities page for details of upcoming Fellowships at http://www.esrc.ac.uk
These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years. The award is made to the institution at which the successful Fellow is employed, and takes the form of providing a replacement staff member to cover the period of the Fellowship.
Applicants must be employed at an eligible UK institution at the time of application and throughout the duration of the Fellowship. Applicants must be able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level, which has been sufficient to have won international recognition. When assessing applications the Trust gives particular weight to those cases where a particularly onerous teaching or administrative load in recent years has impeded the applicant's research progress.
The Fellowships fund the salary costs (normally starting at the most junior point of the lecturer scale at the institution concerned) of a full-time individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship.
A Major Research Fellow may be awarded research expenses up to an annual maximum of £5,000. If such funds are required they must be requested in the budget submitted as part of the application procedure.
The duration of a Fellowship is for two or three years.
Further details of the current scheme and application deadline can be found here.
Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. There are no restrictions on academic discipline, and awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.
Applicants must be resident in the UK at the time of application, should be able to demonstrate experience and academic background sufficient to confirm their ability to complete the proposed programme of research and may not be registered for a degree, for doctoral studies, or for profession or vocational qualifications.
The maximum value of a fellowship is £35,000. the awards provide reserach expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings.
Duration of the Fellowship is between 3 and 24 months.
Please see the Leverhulme Trust's website for details of the application Procedure, inlcuding latest closing dates.
The objective of the awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and ten months at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. It is recognised that Visiting Professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests. The over-riding criteria for selection are first the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and second the ability of the receiving institution to benefit from the imported skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures.
Applications must be made by a member of academic staff, based in a UK university or other higher education institution, who will be responsible for co-ordinating the visit. The host academic's employing institution must also agree to administer the grant, if awarded, and to provide appropriate facilities for the Visiting Professor. Applications should not be submitted by the visitor.
The sum requested should reflect the individual circumstances of the visitor and the nature and duration of the proposed activities. A maintenance grant up to a level commensurate with the salary of a professor in the relevant field at the receiving institution may be requested. Economy travel costs to and from the UK will also be met. Requests for associated costs, if justified by the programme, may include, for example, travel within the UK, consumables, and essential technical assistance.
A Visiting Professorship may last for between three and ten months.
Closing dates: There are normally two closing dates per year. Please see the Leverhulme Trust's web site for up-to-date information.
Study Abroad Fellowships support a period overseas in a stimulating academic environment. These differ from Research Fellowships in that the awards support a range of activities other than straight-forward research (e.g., the exchange of ideas or the development of new lines of research and collaboration).
Applicants must be resident in the UK at the time of application, should have held an established full-time post in a UK institution of higher education, or in a museum, art gallery or comparable institution for at least five years and may not be registered for a degree, for doctoral studies, or for professional or vocational qualifications.
The maximum value of a Fellowship is £21,000. Eligible costs include: reasonable replacement cover whilst the Fellow is overseas; travel to and within the overseas country or countries; a maintenance grant to meet the increased expense of living overseas; and essential research costs.
A Fellowship is tenable for between 3 and 12 months.
The scheme details for the scheme, including applications closing dates are available here.