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UK Tries to Attract World’s Best Postdocs

U.K. government has announced a £13 million fellowship program aimed at
attracting the world’s best postdoctoral researchers from across all
disciplines of natural and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities. The
catch: You have to be from anywhere but the U.K.

The Newton
International Fellowships
–sponsored by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, and Research Councils U.K.–provide an opportunity
for early-career scientists from any country outside the U.K. to work at a U.K.
research institution for up to 2 years. The fellowships provide a salary of
£24,000 per year and £8,000 to cover research expenses, plus a one-off
relocation allowance of £2000.

An attractive bonus of the scheme: All Newton Fellows who
remain in research will be granted a 10-year follow-up funding package worth £6000
per year. The goal, organizers say, is to encourage young scientists collaborate
with U.K. researchers and to establish international networks.

organizers expect to award 50 fellowships in the first round, for which the closing date is August 4. Eligible applicants should have completed a Ph.D. and have up to 6 years of postdoctoral or
equivalent experience; should be working outside the U.K. and should
not hold U.K. citizenship at the time of
application; and
must be competent in oral and written English.

more information, including how to submit an application, visit

–Emma Gatti

One comment on “UK Tries to Attract World’s Best Postdocs”

  1. Yet again young British scientists are reminded that they are welcome anywhere but Britain. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in favor of promoting mobility of scientists, especially postdocs, but where are the schemes for British postdocs to make the transition to academic positions? I know there are many academic fellowship schemes but none (that I am aware of) are for British citizens only. I want the UK to be a leader in research, I want a good deal for postdocs no matter where they come from but how about nurturing some home-grown talent. There is so much going to waste within the hallowed halls of UK academia, festering in a mire of contract research staff apathy.

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