Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Newton International Fellowships

If you are looking for a post-doc opportunity in the UK, and are trained in perception, action or embodied cognition type research, then this is an excellent funding stream and we are both very interested in hearing from you to come and work in our labs. Please feel free to contact us if interested, and please spread the word to other interested parties!

A new round of Newton International Fellowships - an initiative to fund research collaborations and improve links between UK and overseas researchers - has now opened.

The Newton International Fellowships are funded by the British Academy and the Royal Society and aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of the humanities, the natural, physical and social sciences. The Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.

Newton Fellows will receive an allowance of £24,000 to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 to cover research expenses in each year of the Fellowship. A one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000 is also available.

In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years following completion of the Fellowship to support activities which will help build long term links with the UK.

The scheme is open to post-doctoral (and equivalent) early-career researchers working outside the UK who do not hold UK citizenship.

Applications are to be made via the Royal Society’s online application system which is available at The closing date for applications is Monday 16 April 2012.

Further details are available from the Newton International Fellowships website:


  1. Odd... There is very little specification compared to what I would expect from a similar American program. For example, there is nothing even remotely defining "early career".

  2. FYI: I inquired about the definition of "early career" and about the apparent imbalance between "natural science" awards and "social science and humanities awards" in past years. The helpful woman at the British Academy states:

    We define early stage as having held one or 2 brief post doc positions.


    There is funding for 13 Fellowships in the humanities and social sciences each year (and these are usually split 6/7 on alternating years) The Royal Society receives funding to support 25 Fellowships per year so that is why it may look unbalanced in the award lists.