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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Newton Fellowship Scheme (2y postdoctoral positions) UK

The Newton International Fellowships Scheme

The Newton International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by The British Academy and the Royal 
Society. The Scheme has been established to select the very best early stage post-doctoral 
researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at UK research institutions for a 
period of two years. The Scheme covers researchers in all disciplines covered by the two 
academies -- physical, natural and social sciences, and the humanities.

Objectives of the Newton International Fellowships Scheme

* To ensure the UK engages with the best post-doctoral researchers, across all disciplines of 
physical, natural and social sciences, and the humanities, from around the world.

* To provide an opportunity for post-doctoral researchers at an early career stage from any 
country outside the UK to work at a UK research institution for two years.

* To foster long-term relations between Newton 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 Fellows for up to 10 years 
for follow-on activities, to enable links with UK based researchers to be maintained and developed. 
This is expected to facilitate, in the longer term, improved access to international centres of 
excellence for UK-based researchers.

Opening, closing and result dates

The current round opens for applications on 31 January 2012. The closing date for the round of 
applications is 16 April 2012. Results will be announced at the end of October 2012. There are 
approximately 40 Newton Fellowships available in this round.

Duration and Level of Funding

Fellowships are tenable for a continuous period of two years. Newton Fellows must be based in the 
UK at the UK host organisation full time for the two year period. Funding will consist of 24,000 
per annum for subsistence costs and up to 8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off 
payment of up to 2,000 for relocation expenses.

Follow-on Alumni funding for Newton Fellows

Newton Fellows may also be eligible to receive up to 6,000 annually for up to 10 years following 
the tenure of their Fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers. 
Information regarding the Follow-on Alumni funding will be sent to successful Newton Fellows 
during the course of the Fellowship.

Contribution to Overheads

Newton International Fellowships will not be costed on the basis of full economic costing (FEC). 
Instead, awards will include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the 
total award to the visiting researcher. (For example: if award is 34,000 in the first year 
(24,000 + 8,000 + 2,000), contribution to overheads is 17,000; total value award for first 
year is 51,000). The contribution to overheads is to enable a UK host organisation to host a 
Fellowship. Newton Fellows will not have access to this funding.

Important changes

Please note the following which apply to this new round and are important changes to the guidance 
for applicants:

* All applicants must be working and be based outside of the UK at the time of application.

* Applicants who completed their PhD at a UK organisation must have been working and based outside 
the UK for a significant amount of time and not just a few months, at the time of application. 
Applicants proposing to return to their UK PhD organisation and/or PhD supervisor will normally be 
considered to be ineligible and so applicants must have exceptional reasons for proposing to do so.

Privately Funded Fellowships

The Sino-British Fellowship Trust and the K.C. Wong Foundation have generously provided the Royal 
Society with private funding to support a total of 3 Chinese individuals to be selected from the 
applications submitted within physical, natural sciences and engineering to the Newton 
International Fellowship scheme. Due to the limited budget of the Newton International Fellowship 
Scheme, it is not possible to support all the high quality applications that we receive and the 
private funding from the Sino-British Fellowship Trust and the K.C. Wong Foundation enables the 
Royal Society to fund further fellowships. Please note that it is not possible to apply for the 
Sino-British Fellowship Trust and K.C. Wong Fellowships directly. Candidates for these private 
fellowships would be selected from the shortlisted Newton International Fellowship applications, 
be Chinese nationals and be based in China at the time of application. The private fellowships 
would be for a continuous duration of
2 years and the project would have to be as outlined in the Newton International Fellowship 
application. These private fellowships would not be branded Newton International Fellowships and 
they do not include FEC or contribution to overheads. The private fellowships also do not include 
the alumni funding that Newton International Fellows may receive.

Contact Information

Any enquires about this Scheme can be made using the contact details below. Before contacting us 
please check whether your question is answered by these scheme notes or the Questions page on the 

Newton International Fellowships
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG
Tel +44 (0)20 7451 2559
Fax +44 (0)20 7930 2170