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The Newton International Fellowships

The Newton International Fellowship scheme will select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world, and offer support for two years at UK research institutions.

The Fellowships cover the broad range of physical, natural and social sciences and the humanities.

The objectives of the Newton International Fellowships Scheme are:

  • To support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years.
  • To ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world are supported in the UK.
  • To foster long-term relations between Newton International Fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni programme for former Fellows of this Scheme. The alumni programme will include the possible provision of further funding for Newton International Fellows for follow-on activities, to enable links with UK based researchers to be maintained and developed. Please note that due to funding constraints the alumni programme is not currently available for clinical or patient oriented Newton International Fellows.
  • For Newton Fund countries: The Newton International Fellowships aim to develop research and innovation capacity, supporting the development of a well-trained research community to promote economic development and welfare of partner countries.

Applicants must hold a PhD, or expect to obtain their PhD by the time funding starts, and should have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry). Additionally, applicants should not hold UK citizenship and should be working outside of the UK at the point of application. Applicants must have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher.

Fellowships provide the opportunity for the best early stage postdoctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years, on a full time basis.

Funding will consist of the following:

  • £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs (tax exempt),
  • up to £8,000 per annum for research expenses,
  • a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation expenses in year one only.

In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years following the completion of the Fellowship.

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