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June 4, 2008

UK Tries to Attract World's Best Postdocs

The 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.

Program 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.

For more information, including how to submit an application, visit

--Emma Gatti

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