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Fulbright Postgraduate and Scholar Awards 2017-18 for UK citizens

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2017-18 Postgraduate and Scholar Awards. Fulbright Awards provide generous grants for study, research and teaching in the United States. All-disciplines awards provide funding for individuals to pursue any academic subject at any accredited US higher education institution. The Commission also offers a variety of awards in specific subjects and at specific institutions in the US.
Applications for the 2017-18 awards competition will be accepted until
midnight on Sunday, 6 November 2016.
Postgraduate awards are available in the following categories:

All-disciplines Postgraduate Award
Alistair Cooke Journalism Award
British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award
Diamond Family Foundation Award For African-Focused Research
Elsevier Data Analytics Award

Executive Master of Public Administration Award at NYU Wagner
Hubert H Humphrey School Award in Public Policy, Affairs and Planning 
Lloyd's of London Risk Analysis Award
Nursten Postgraduate Award in Medical Studies
University of South Florida Postgraduate Award 
Tufts University International Law LLM Award *NEW*

Scholar awards are available in the following categories:

All-disciplines Scholar Awards
American Studies Scholar Award
British Heart Foundation Award
Cyber Security Research Award
Elon University Scholar Award
Fight for Sight Research Award
Lloyd’s of London Insurance Award
Northern Ireland Public Sector Awards
Police Research Award
Royal College of Surgeons of England Award
Royal Society of Edinburgh Scholar Award
Scottish Studies Award
University of South Florida Postdoctoral Scholar Award *NEW*
The Urology Foundation Scholar Award

Postgraduate Awards typically offer a contribution towards tuition fees and living costs for one academic year. Scholar Awards typically provide a contribution towards any institutional fees, travel to/from the US, accommodation and general maintenance costs while in the USA.

 Successful grantees also receive: a number of memberships, sickness and accident health coverage, and J-1visa sponsorship. There is substantial pre-departure support, including a Finalists’ Workshop (March) and a 2-day Orientation Programme (July). Once on-the-ground in the US, further support is offered by the Institute for International Education (IIE) and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), including additional travel grant opportunities for scholars to accept guest lecturing invitations at other US institutions.

After the grant period is over Fulbrighters have access to the US-UK alumni network and are given the opportunity to attend a range of social and cultural events in the UK.

For more information on the whole list of available Awards, deadlines, eligibility and how to apply visit the Awards section of the Fulbright website.

Questions? Please contact the Fulbright Awards staff via email at programmes@fulbright.org.uk.

PIPS opportunity with ABPI

The ABPI are seeking a PIPS student to apply their scientific and project management experience in a policy context. The student will research the ‘Open Innovation’ platforms and resources that ABPI members are currently making available to the broader academic community, collecting case studies and quantitative data. They will also be researching the public sector resources in the UK that can be accessed by the biopharmaceutical industry. The output of the project will be a directory of resources, a short report for publication by ABPI and production of a slide set/infographics for use in presentations.

The project is to be carried out in late 2016/early 2017. A December start date would be ideal, but there is flexibility in this to start early 2017. The project is based at the ABPI office, 105 Victoria St, London SW1E 6QT. Some home working may be possible.

A summary of the project can be found here. For more detailed information contact Nicola Platt (nplatt@abpi.org.uk; 0207 747 8864) 

A CV and letter of application should be sent by email to Dr Nicola Platt, ABPI. The closing date for applications is 31st October 2016, with interviews w/c 7th November.



Findacure Student Essay Competition 2016

Want to be a published scientist? Enter the Findacure Student Rare Diseases Essay Competition

Findacure, the rare diseases charity, have launched their 2016 Student Essay Competition! The competition is aimed at all medical, biological and pharmaceutical undergraduates and postgraduates. There are three questions to choose from - the best essay for each question will win £100 in cash and free entry to their scientific conference on 28th February, while the best essay overall will win an additional £100 and be published in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases!

The questions are…


  • The impact of a rare disease is much more widespread than its direct symptoms. Discuss how, with particular reference to the patient experience. 
  • How can rare diseases lead the way in medical research and clinical innovation?
  • How can clinicians and researchers, including students, help to deliver the UK Rare Diseases strategy?

Essays can be submitted until Monday 14th November. For more information, follow @Findacure_fdn, search for #RDEssay2016 or visit: http://www.findacure.org.uk/essay-competition-2016/




Brilliant Club 2016-17 Recruitment Now Open


The Brilliant Club has now opened recruitment for its 2016-17 autumn placements, which offer doctoral and post-doctoral researchers a flexible, meaningful and competitively-paid teaching opportunity.

The Brilliant Club is a charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with groups of high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and helps develop the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to secure places at top universities. In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience.

The Brilliant Club will be running an information event where doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can find out more on:

Monday 17th October, 13:00-14:00 pm, G21/22, Ground Floor, Devonshire Building. Please register here

You can read more about how placements work in the 2016-17 Recruitment Flyer (PDF, 679KB)

Assistant Medical Writer - 3 month placement at SIRIUS

SIRIUS are currently offering a three month placement for 3rd year PhD students that are currently in the process of writing up their PhD. 

The placement is for three months starting October 2016. The position is for an assistant medical writer. During the placement you will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  The salary is equivalent to £20,000 per year with the option to be part of the company pension scheme

A description of the placement and application process can be found here

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