Applications are invited for research fellowships available for early-career scientists or engineers to conduct a research project of their own instigation. These fellowships are open to all nationalities. 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 Fellowship is for a maximum of three years, subject to annual renewal.
Level: Fellowships are available for early-career scientists or engineers to conduct a research project of their own instigation at a UK institution.
Field(s): Fellowships are awarded to conduct research in any of the physical or biological sciences, in mathematics, in applied science, or in any branch of engineering.
Deadline: 16 February 2017 .
Funded By: Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Beneficiaries(Target Groups): 2017 Research Fellowships in Science is targeted for all nationalities.
‣ Award No: Approximately eight awards are made each year, one of which is designated the Brunel Fellowship.
‣ Scholarship Duration: The awards are for duration of up to three years, subject to annual review.
‣ Scholarship covers: Fellowships include £30,000 stipend payable for year 1, and £31,500 for years 2 and 3. In addition a London Weighting of £2,500 per annum is payable in appropriate cases, £3,000 per annum towards additional costs, including travel to present at relevant conferences. A Fellow is entitled to sums not exceeding £3,000 per annum towards additional costs associated with their research, including travel to present at relevant conferences.
‣ 1851 Research Fellowships are intended to give early career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation; an ultimate objective is to contribute to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative national culture.
‣ Approximately eight awards are made each year, including the 1851 Brunel Fellowship for the highest placed successful candidate who has proposed a project to be pursued in an academic engineering environment.
‣ The Research Fellowships in Science awards are for duration of up to three years, subject to annual review. Fellowships are held from 1 October in the year of award, with Fellows being required to devote their whole time to their research project for the duration of the Fellowship.
‣ A limited amount of time may be spent on teaching or lecturing with the written agreement of the Commission. Candidates proposing projects in applied science and engineering are particularly encouraged to apply.
‣ The Research Fellowships in Science are open to candidates intending to conduct research in any of the physical or biological sciences, in mathematics, in applied science, or in any branch of engineering.
‣ 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.
‣ A Fellowship will normally be held at a UK Institution approved by the Commissioners; the research should be carried out at a different Institution from the one where the candidate’s PhD research was undertaken. In exceptional circumstances the Commissioners may consider an application from a candidate not fulfilling the above criteria; requests for such exemptions should be forwarded to the Secretary as a personal letter accompanying the submission for consideration. The Commissioners’ decision, which is made after the closing date for submissions, will be final.
A Fellow will not be debarred from holding another award or receiving other contributions towards support.
Notification for Research Fellowships in Science
‣ During the assessment process, and prior to the final selections, all candidates will be informed by e-mail whether or not they have been shortlisted. References will be authenticated and appointments to the Fellowship will be made during June 2015.
Scholarship Application Method
Application is through website online submission applications.royalcommission1851.org/research- fellowships/login.aspx
Each application must include two references; neither of these should be from the Institution at which the Fellowship will be held, and it is normal that one will be from the candidate’s PhD supervisor. At least one must be from a UK institution. The application will not be deemed complete until the references have been submitted using the secure online reference process.
Confidential login instructions are sent to referees by automatic email generated by the candidate during the application process. Referees are asked to submit their references online before the closing date for the application to be valid. References should be written in plain text and should not exceed 450 words. Referees are particularly asked to comment on the candidate’s ability to undertake original research.
The letter from the Institution at which the Fellowship is to be held, which must cover the points detailed in 12 above in all cases and include the institutional approvals detailed in 13 above where the applicant intends to hold the Fellowship as an employee of the host institution, should be uploaded as a PDF document in the online submission process where indicated.
Great importance is attached to the ability to communicate clearly with the general public. The Summary Statement will therefore merit particular attention. It should be written in terms that will be understood by a reader with a science or engineering background, but one lying outside the immediate specialism, and should provide an overview of the proposed research, of its objectives and of its originality.
The Details of the Proposed Research should be uploaded as a PDF document, approximately 750 words in length and no more than 2 pages, including diagrams and literature references. In particular the outline should emphasise the way in which the proposed project is different from previous research. It should explain the research reasons for the selection of the Institution at which the Fellowship is to be held. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the referees’ references and the acceptance certificate have been received / uploaded before final submission, as the Commission will be unable to accept partially completed applications. Completed applications must be submitted before 5pm on 16 February 2017.
During the assessment process, and prior to the final selections, all candidates will be informed by e-mail whether or not they have been shortlisted. References will be authenticated and appointments to the Fellowship will be made during June 2017.
The 1851 Royal Commission has an obligation to comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal data acquired as a result of an award will be processed solely to enable the Commission to administer an award. Data will be held securely by the Secretary to the Commission at the Commission’s offices for the duration of an award and thereafter in its archives where access to personal files is normally subject to a 50- year rule. Precautions are in operation to prevent loss, misuse or alteration of personal data. All data will be processed in accordance with data subjects’ rights. Relevant data may be divulged to a third party only as necessary to administer an award.
‣ Scholarship Applications are due on 16 February 2017
‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website
‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.