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Funding opportunities for mathematicians Women in Mathematics Meeting 16 April 2010 Anna Nerukh 01223 (7) 64804 [email protected] Cambridge Research Office Fellowships Independence Opportunity to focus on research Opportunity to apply to research grants Career development

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Funding opportunities for mathematiciansWomen in Mathematics Meeting16 April 2010

Anna Nerukh

01223 (7) 64804

[email protected]

Cambridge Research Office

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  • Independence

  • Opportunity to focus on research

  • Opportunity to apply to research grants

  • Career development

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Royal Society Fellowships

  • Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship – closing date in January

    • designed to help to progress to a permanent position

    • aimed specifically at researchers who require flexible working pattern (must be able to demonstrate the need)

    • offers possibility to hold appointment part-time, to convert from part-time to full time and back to match work with other commitments

    • for citizens of EEA or those with relevant connection to EEA

    • supports excellent researchers at the early stage of their career (up to 2 posts)

    • offers support for up to 4 years: salary, partly research expenses, etc

    • success rate in 2009: 2.5%


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Royal Society Fellowships

  • University Research Fellowship – closing date in autumn

    • provides an opportunity to build an independent research career

    • for citizens of EEA or those with relevant connection to EEA

    • for researchers at the early to mid-stage of their career (with PhD or equivalent experience and between 1 and 3 postdoc positions)

    • initially for five years followed by a possible extension of three years: salary, partly research expenses etc

    • success rate ~5%


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Leverhulme Trust Fellowships

  • Early Career Fellowship – closing date in March

    • supports researchersat the relatively early stage of their career but with a proven record of research

    • researchers should have a degree from UK HEI or a fixed-term research position in the UK

    • normally for researchers under age 35

    • tenable for two or three years; possibility of part-time work if appropriate

    • Trust covers 50% of a Fellow’s salary (up to £23,000 p. a.) with the balance to be covered by the host institution; annual research expenses of up to £6,000

    • success rate ~12-14% (NB: the Trust covers all disciplines not just sciences)


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  • NERC is particularly keen to attract scientists from applied mathematics, physics or strongly quantitative disciplines wishing to develop a career in environmental science


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - closing date in autumn

    • designed to support outstanding environmental scientists as they become independent investigators

    • applicants must hold a PhD

    • support available for up to 3 years: salary, research expenses, travel etc

  • Advanced Research Fellowships - closing date in autumn

    • for early/mid career researchers to become team leaders of international standing

    • at least two years of postdoctoral experience

    • support available for up to 5 years: salary, research expenses, travel etc

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    • Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering

      • for PhD level scientists to conduct research for further period

      • a candidate must be a citizen of the UK or the Commonwealth, or of the Republics of Ireland or Pakistan

      • a candidate should either have spent at least two out of the past three years at a UK Institution, or be intending to hold the Fellowship at a UK Institution, or both

      • candidates should normally have recently obtained their PhD degree, or be in the final stages of their PhD studies

      • support for 3 years: £28,500 for the first year, and £30,000 for the second and third years

      • approximately 8 awards offered annually


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    Other opportunities

    • College Fellowships

    • Scholarships

    • Fellowships outside the UK

    • Career re-entry

    • Travel grants

    • Collaborative grants

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    Cambridge Colleges Fellowships

    • Junior Research Fellowships

      • opportunity to carry out research in academic environment of a College

      • for researchers just finishing their PhDs, or those in their first post-doctoral appointment

      • stipendiary / non-stipendiary (for those with external support)

      • Colleges offer Fellowships in different disciplines

      • very competitive

      • check Colleges’ web pages at

      • check Cambridge University Reporter at

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    The Wingate Scholarships

    • Wingate Scholarships – will open on 1 October 2010

      • designed to help with the costs of a specific project

      • applicants must be able to provide evidence of real financial need

      • supports citizens of the UK, other Commonwealth or former Commonwealth countries, Ireland or Israel, and the EU

      • 24 years of age or over, no upper age limit

      • for up to 3 years, maximum award for one year is £10,000

      • success rate ~6%


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    JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships

    • Administered by the Royal Society – last closing date in March

      • provides opportunity for young postdocs to conduct, under the guidance of their host, cooperative research with leading research groups in Japan

      • supports EU citizens, including UK

      • applicants must hold a PhD and be within 6 years of completing it

      • applicants should identify and contact a Japanese host scientist who would be willing to support the Fellowship

      • funding for visits from 12 to 24 months, covering subsistence, return air fare, an additional research grant etc.


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    Toshiba Fellowship Programme

    • Supported by EPSRC – will open in autumn 2010

      • offers an opportunity to join one of Toshiba’s high-technology research teams in Japan

      • for PhD level researchers, mainly from science, computing and mathematics with no more than 10 years postdoctoral experience

      • applicants must be EU nationals and be based in a UK academic or government institution

      • funding for up to 2 years, including relocation assistance to and from Japan, support and advice prior to and during the stay


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    William Hodge Fellowship

    • Supported by EPSRC – closing date in November 2010

      • enables young mathematicians or theoretical physicists to spend time at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES) in France

      • applicants must be holding a PhD in mathematics or theoretical physics (awarded in 2009, 2010 or early 2011)

      • support for up to 1 year; Fellowship starts in autumn 2011

      • only 2 offered annually


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    Daphne Jackson Fellowship

    • Supported by EPSRC and NERC

      • enables scientists, engineers and IT specialists to return to work after career breaks

      • applicants must have a first degree in SET and have commenced a career or completed a PhD

      • a ‘break’ of at least 2 years is normally required

      • may be carried out flexibly, usually over two years, and involve retraining and updating skills

      • may be held within academia or industry


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    Travel grants

    • Royal Society International Travel Grants – next deadline 31 May

      • support short-term international collaborations and the participation of UK scientists in overseas conferences

      • awards to travel to all countries outside the UK

      • applicants must have completed a PhD, and may have a fixed-term contract in an eligible UK institution

      • up to £4,000 available

        • for conference participation, a grant would cover a maximum of 10 days

        • for international collaboration - a maximum of 12 weeks

      • three rounds per year


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    Collaborative grants

    • Royal Society International Joint Projects

      • support long-term international collaborations

      • collaborations should be based on a single project including two teams or individuals: one based in the UK and the other based outside the UK

      • Project Leader must be from academia, of at least postdoctoral standing, and may have a fixed-term contract in an eligible UK institution

      • only selected countries covered; deadlines vary for different countries

      • up to £6,000 per year for 2 years for travel and subsistence


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    Other sponsors

    • London Mathematical Society, UK

    • Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, UK

    • Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering, UK

    • The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, UK

    • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, UK

    • European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, FR

    • European Science Foundation, EU

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    Further sources of information

    • Sponsors’ web sites

    • Senior colleagues

    • Departmental Administrators

    • HE Research Support Offices