Newton Advanced Fellowships

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in partnership with the Royal Society and the British Academy, is offering Newton Advanced Fellowships to support early to mid-career international researchers from partner countries.

Key dates

The current round is now open and closes on 14 September 2016.

We are accepting applications from NSFC researchers in China. Please see below for more specific eligibility criteria. 

For further information please contact newton-advanced@acmedsci.ac.uk.

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in partnership with the Royal Society and the British Academy, is offering Newton Advanced Fellowships to support early to mid-career international researchers from partner countries who have already established, or are well advanced in the process of establishing, a research group or network and a research track record in clinical or patient-oriented research.  The Newton Advanced Fellowships are available through the Newton Fund which is part of the UK’s official development assistance.

These awards of up to three years of support, offer an opportunity for Fellows to develop the strengths and capabilities of their research groups through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in some of the best research groups in the UK.

We have set up a LinkedIn group to help applicants to network with other researchers in order to establish research collaborations suitable for our Newton Fund schemes. To keep up to date with news and round openings please follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

For examples of people who have recieved a Newton Advanced Fellowship, you can read our case studies.

Our partner countries for our Newton Fellowships (currently Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey) also offer scholarships and grants to UK researchers to enable them to spend time undertaking research in these countries. More information is available here.

*Current round*

Applicants for the current round have to be Chinese researchers supported by the NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) through the Distinguished Young Scholar Programme or Excellent Young Scientist Programme. Please read the scheme notes available to download on this page for more information. 

About the scheme

The Academy of Medical Sciences is delighted to be working with the Royal Society and British Academy to offer Newton Advanced Fellowships, available through the Government Newton Fund which is part of the UK’s official development assistance.  The Newton Fund is a new initiative that aims to develop the long-term sustainable growth and welfare of the partner country through building reserch and innovation capacity.

We will fund, for up to three years, early career group and network leaders in partner countries to develop their research by linking them with some of the best research groups in the UK. The primary aims of the Advanced Fellowships are to:

  • Support the development of a well-trained research community.
  • Strengthen research excellence in the partner country by supporting promising independent early to mid-career scientists and their research groups and networks.
  • Establish long term collaborative links between the next generation of research leaders and their groups and networks in the partner country and the UK to benefit both research communities.

The Academy of Medical Sciences will be awarding Newton Advanced Fellowships for research proposals focused on clinical or patient-oriented research.

For more information on the call for applications in other disciplines please visit:

For the natural sciences: https://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/newton-advanced-fellowships/

For the social sciences and humanities: http://www.britac.ac.uk/newton-advanced-fellowships

 

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a contract in an eligible university or research institute (in the partner countries), which must span the duration of the project.  Applicants should have no more than 15 years postdoctoral experience.

Collaborations should focus on a single project involving the overseas-based scientist (‘the Applicant’) and UK-based scientist (“the Co-applicant”).

For more details on eligibility please see the detailed guidance.

Opportunities for researchers in disciplines other than clinical and patient oriented research vary. For more information on the call for applications in other disciplines please visit:  

For the natural sciences: https://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/newton-advanced-fellowships/

For the social sciences and humanities: http://www.britac.ac.uk/newton-advanced-fellowships

The fellowship provides up to £37,000 each year (for up to three years) for the following:

  • Salary top up for the fellow (maximum £5,000)
  • Research support to cover costs for studentships, staff, consumables or equipment (maximum £15,000)
  • Travel and subsistence (maximum £12,000) to cover travel costs of the UK partner to the international partner and/or travel of the international partner to the UK
  • Training to support the career development of the applicant and their research group or network (maximum £5,000)

The maximum award value cannot exceed £111,000 for a three-year period (or £37,000 per year). Please note that the Fellowship does not provide overhead costs.

Fellowships must be for a continuous period of up to three years.

All applications will be assessed by a Selection panel on the following criteria:

  • The quality of the proposed research project.
  • The track record of the Applicant and the overseas host organisation in the area of proposed research.
  • The expected benefits for the career development of the Applicant.
  • The track record and suitability of the UK-based Co-applicant and UK host organisation in the area of proposed research.
  • The additional benefits for the UK - based Co-applicant and host organisation.
  • Evidence that the Fellowship will lead to a long-term collaboration beyond the tenure of the award.

The Newton Fund is a £375 million fund operated by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. It provides £75 million a year for five years, from 2014/15 and the intention is that UK funding is matched by partner countries. Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries. By working together on bi-lateral and multi-lateral programmes with a research and innovation focus, the UK will build strong, sustainable, systemic relationships with partner countries. 

More details on the Fund can be found on the website www.newtonfund.ac.uk

Supporters

The scheme is generously supported by the UK Government's Newton Fund

Staff lead

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