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Research Fellowships

The Department of Computer Science strongly encourages applicants for funded, open research fellowship competitions to consider holding their fellowship in computer science and its applications at Warwick.

There are several competitive Fellowship schemes to support talented researchers who do not currently have a permanent UK position, for periods of 1-5 years. These are offered by Research Councils (e.g. EPSRC), the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, and by the EU/ERC. All provide a full salary plus support for travel, computing, etc; some, as described below, offer funding for a research team. The person who wishes to hold the Fellowship applies via a nominated host institution (which need not be their current home institution, and several of the schemes actively encourage or even demand mobility). Warwick has hosted several holders of such Fellowships in the past. We welcome enquiries from anyone considering applying for such Fellowships nominating Warwick as the host institution. Please either contact a relevant member of the academic staff or email the Head of Department giving brief details of the planned application. We need to know well in advance for administrative reasons, but we can also offer help in deciding which scheme is right for you and navigating through the financial and eligibility regulations etc. There are other competitions for more senior fellowships suitable for researchers who already have a permanent position; please contact us if you would like to apply to hold one of these Fellowships in Warwick.

Please be sure to contact us in plenty of time before application deadlines. For futher information about any of the opportunities highlighted below please contact Adrian Fowle, Research Development Officer, Research and Impact Services: A.R.Fowle@warwick.ac.uk

EU Marie Curie Fellowship

This action is meant to support the best, most promising individual researchers from anywhere in the world. Only experienced researchers can apply. This means you will have your doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline. Please note that four years research experience is measured from the point in which an applicant obtained the qualification which enabled them to embark on a doctoral degree. Please also not the strict mobility criteria that an applicant cannot have been resident in the country to which they are applying to host their fellowship for more than 12 months in the previous three years at the point of application.

There are two types of individual fellowships:

1. European Fellowship - applicants can apply to hold a fellowhip in the EU or an associated country and who are either coming to Europe from anywhere in the world or who are moving within Europe. The scheme can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave, and can also help to reintegrate researchers back into Europe following time spent elsewhere in the world.

2. Global Fellowship - this scheme will fund secondments outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or an associated country. This is followed by a mandatory one year return period in the EU or an associated country.

The grant provides an allowance to cover your living, travel and family costs. The grant is awarded to your host organisation, usually a university, research centre or a company in Europe. The research costs and overheads of the host organisation(s) are also supported. European Fellowships last from one to two years, Global Fellowships from two to three years.

Deadline: The scheme is currently closed but will open in April 2018 and will close for submissions in September 2018

EU European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants Scheme - for senior and established researchers

Up to 5 years of funding for researchers of any age and nationality and residing anywhere in the world at the time of application. Must have 10 year record of achievement at a senior level. The principal inverstigator should be an exceptional leader in terms of originality and significance of their research contribtions. Funding can be requested up to a maximum of 2.5 million EURO. An ERC Advanced Grant will fund 100% of the total direct eligible costs, plus a contribution of 25% toward the total indirect overhead costs. The budget can include funding for a team of researchers (PhD students / postdocs).

Deadline: The scheme is currently closed but will open in Spring 2018 and will close late Summer 2018

EPSRC Fellowships - for post-doctoral, early career and established career researchers

An EPSRC Fellowship is aimed to position yourself and your research topic within the wider academic field, to develop your leadership by establishing or extending your research group, and to act as an advocate for the STEM disciplines in general and EPSRC specifically.

EPSRC Fellowship Framework is a single scheme that supports three career stages – postdoctoral, early career and established career. A competency-based person specification is used to describe the desired qualities, skills, experience, achievements and attributes expected at each career stage. You should evaluate your track record and assess which career stage you should apply against and ensure that you are able to demonstrate how you fulfil each of the expected attributes.

Applicants can apply for up to 5 years of support for Early Career and Established Career awards, or up to 3 years for Postdoctoral stage award. Shorter fellowships which allow fellows the freedom to initially explore new research avenues are welcomed. EPSRC Fellowships are not open in all areas, at all career stages, at all times. Applications are invited only in specific research areas that are linked to our strategic priorities, where growth is required and where developing leaders can integrate their work into the wider landscape. Applications are not currently invited in the ICT area for post-doctoral researchers, but proposals are invited in all research areas of the ICT porfolio at the early career and established career researcher stage.

Deadline: You can apply for a fellowship at any point, although the EPSRC advises that to meet the panel dates applicants should aim to submit their proposal documents by the end of February or by the end of September.

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellowship - for early career researchers

This scheme provides support for postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups. The scheme is a partnership between the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust. Any application must fit within the Biomedical Science remit of the Wellcome Trust.

You can apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship if you’re already driving your own research and you’re ready to lead an independent research programme. You must have a PhD and significant postdoctoral research experience.

Duration of funding is five years. Full salary and research expenses will be funded.

Preliminary application deadline: 20 November 2017 and the full application deadline is 1 February 2018

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship - for early career researchers

This scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world. Any application must fit within the Biomedical Science remit of the Wellcome Trust.

You must either be in the final year of your PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with some initial postdoctoral experience. You should have started to make important contributions to your area of research, eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on policy. Duration of funding is four years. Full salary and research expenses will be funded.

Deadline: The scheme is currently closed but will open for preliminary applications in Spring 2018

Royal Society URF (University Research Fellowship) for early career researchers

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. The scheme provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. It covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. Researchers addressing a direct biomedical research question should apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship through the Wellcome Trust.

5 years funding for researchers early / mid-stage career who are in the early stages of their research career and have between 3 to 8 years of research experience since their PhD by the closing date of the round in the EEA (European Economic Area = EU+). Must be EEA citizens, or have an EEA connection (PhD or post-doc position held in the EEA).

The scheme provides: 80% of the basic salary costs up to £39,708.70 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs. (Under the full economic costing model, 80% 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).

Deadline: The scheme is currently closed but will open in early Summer 2018 and will close in mid-September 2018

EU European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants Scheme for early career researchers

Up to 5 years of funding for researchers of any age and nationality with 2-6 years of postdoctoral research experience. Includes funding for a team of researchers (PhD students / postdocs). Extra funding for applicants moving from a non-EU country.

Deadline: The scheme is currently closed but will open in mid-Summer 2018 and will close for applications in mid-October 2018

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships for early career researchers

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. You can apply for this scheme if you: are at an early stage of your research career (have completed your PhD but have no more than 6 years of research experience post PhD by the closing date of the round). Maximum five years funding. Designed primarily for researchers with childcare commitments, who need flexible working arrangements (e.g., part-time working); otherwise similar to the Royal Society University Research Fellowships.

Deadline: 16 November 2017

Newton International Fellowships - for early career researchers

For early career researchers from outside the UK who wish to apply for 2 years funding at a UK University. Applicants must hold a PhD, or expect to obtain the
their PhD by the time funding starts, and should have no more than 7 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). Additionally, applicants should not hold UK citizenship and should be working outside of the UK at the point of application. Applicants must have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher.

They provide grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 5 years following the completion of the Fellowship.

Additional fellowships will be provided by the Newton Fund for applicants from Newton partner countries: Newton Fund countries include Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey.

Deadline: The scheme is currently closed but will open in January 2018 and will close for applications in March 2018

EU European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants Scheme for early to mid-career researchers

Up to 5 years of funding for researchers of any age and nationality with 7-12 years of postdoctoral research experience. Includes funding for a team of researchers (PhD students / postdocs). Extra funding for applicants moving from a non-EU country.

Deadline: 15 February 2018

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships

Funding for 5 years, for researchers with at least 3 years of postdoctoral research experience in an appropriate research area of world-class bioscience. Applicants should hold a PhD, but not hold, or have held, an academic position at Lecturer level (or the equivalent in institutions other than universities). Please note that if applicants have previously applied for BBSRC grant funding as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator (therefore confirming that they hold a lecturer level or equivalent post) they are not eligible to apply for a fellowship. It is expected that applicants will have at least three years of active postdoctoral research experience at the point of application. It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded, each at a value of up to £1M (80% fEC). Please note: BBSRC will provide funds of up to £1M (80% of the full economic cost). The total costs (100% full economic cost) requested may be up to £1.25M.

Deadline: The scheme is currently closed but will open in February 2018 and will close in May 2018
 

BBSRC Future Leaders Fellowships

Aimed at Early career researchers who want to conduct their own independent research within a host laboratory. Applicants will have demonstrated high potential and have no more than five years of active postdoctoral research experience. The call is open to current PhD students who are expected to have completed their PhD viva exam prior to announcement of the awarded FLFs (30 November 2017). Applicants should not exceed five years in active postdoctoral research employment prior to announcement of the awarded FLFs (30 November 2017).

Awards are for three years and it is expected that up to 12 fellowships will be awarded, each of a value of up to £300k (80% fEC). Please note: BBSRC will provide funds of up to £300k (80% of the full economic cost). The total costs (100% full economic cost) requested may be up to £375k.

Deadline: The scheme is currently closed but will open in February 2018 and will close in May 2018

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships (ECF)

3 years funding for those with a UK degree (PhD at least submitted), and/or a temporary academic position in the UK, and no permanent post in the UK. Applications are invited from those who submitted their PhD thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. Please note that the ECF will fund a 50% salary contribution up to a maximum of £24,000 per annum, with the remaining salary funding having to be found from departmental sources. As such any applicant to the ECF must contact the department with an expression of interest at least one month before the deadline in order for a decision to be made as to whether the department can financially commit to supporting an ECF bid.

Deadline: The scheme is currently closed but will open on 1st January 2018 and will close for submissions early March 2018

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering

3 years of funding for early-career researchers. Candidates must be in possession of a recent PhD, or equivalent qualification (normally with no more than 3
years postdoctoral experience) or be in the final stages of their PhD studies, which must be successfully completed before the award of a Fellowship can be confirmed. The research should be carried out at a different institution from the one where the candidate’s PhD research was undertaken.

Deadline: 15 February 2018