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Fellowships and Research Leave Schemes

AHRC

Leadership Fellows Scheme (formerly ‘Standard Fellowships’)

Applications must be submitted through the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.

Deadline for submission: There are no fixed deadlines; applications may be made throughout the year. NB. The assessment process for applications takes approximately 30 weeks and the earliest start date for any proposal should be no earlier than nine months from the date of submission.

Purpose

The scheme aims to develop and promote ‘research leaders’, being individuals who set research agendas, lead research communities, provide intellectual leadership and have a transformative impact in their field. The scheme also aims for advocacy of the value of the arts and humanities to the non-academic public and offers opportunities to work in partnership with the AHRC.

The scheme provides time for researchers to develop capabilities as research leaders, conduct excellent individual research and undertake collaborative leadership activities connected to their research.

Funding

Funding of between £50,000 and £250,000 (full economic cost) is provided. The minimum duration is six months and the maximum duration is eighteen months for applicants on a full time contract. Duration for those on part-time contracts will be pro-rata (full details available in the AHRC funding guide, available below). Applicants must be able to commit 100% of their normal contracted working time to the fellowship for a maximum of twelve months. Fellowships in excess of twelve months must include a part-time element.

Funding will be provided for salary, travel and subsistence, consumables and items of equipment costing less than £10,000. Funding may be provided for a small period of research assistance (not exceeding 12 months full time equivalent) however the Fellow must conduct the majority of the work.

Eligibility

Applicants must have the support of their Head of Department and a written statement of support must be included in the application. Applicants must have at least two years of post-doctoral experience in a research/academic environment and be able to demonstrate a track record of publications and/or other research outputs. Applicants must be salaried members of staff and must have worked for the University for at least 12 months prior to submission of an application. Applicants must hold a contract of employment with the University which exceeds the duration of the proposed fellowship.

Full details of the Leadership Fellows scheme (2015) are available to download here.

Leadership Fellows Scheme (Early Career route)

Applications must be submitted through the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.

Deadline for submission: There are no fixed deadlines; applications may be made throughout the year. NB. The assessment process for applications takes approximately 30 weeks and the earliest start date for any proposal should be no earlier than nine months from the date of submission.

Purpose

The aims of the leadership fellows scheme early career route are the same as those for the standard route (outlined above) in addition to two specific aims for the early career route:

To develop the leadership experience of early career researchers in a crucial phase as they establish themselves and move beyond doctoral and immediate post-doctoral work.

To enable the production of high-quality innovative research this is beyond the standard of doctoral work.

Funding

The level of funding provided is the same as for the standard route (detailed above). However, the duration of the fellowship under the early-career route may be up to twenty-four months for applicants on a full time contract. Applicants will require a mentor. The AHRC will provide for the cost of mentoring (one hour per month) and the cost of this should be built into the application budget.

Eligibility

Early-career researchers, as noted, require a mentor and thus applications will require a written Mentor Statement in addition to the eligibility requirements outlined above for the standard fellowship route.

Full details of the Leadership Fellows scheme (2015) are available to download here. Special attention should be paid to sections dealing with the early-career route.

British Academy

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The postdoctoral fellowship scheme is aimed at those in the early stages of their academic career. For further details of this scheme please consult the webpage for early career schemes.

BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

The BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships are intended to enable established scholars, needing relief from teaching and administration, to have the time to bring to completion a significant piece of research, through sustained period of leave for one year. 

Timetable for 2016/2017:

Scheme Opens - 12 October 2016

Deadline for Applicants - 16 November 2016

Deadline for Institutional Approval - 17 November 2016

Deadline for Referees - 24 November 2016

Final Award Announcement expected - 31 March 2017

Earliest Award Start Date - 1 September 2017

Latest Award Start Date - 1 January 2018

Purpose

The purpose of these awards, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and administered by the British Academy, is to provide a period of research leave for one year for established scholars during which they will be able to concentrate on bringing a major piece of research towards completion while their normal teaching and administrative duties are covered by a full-time replacement. The Fellowships are tenable for one year beginning in the autumn of 2017.

Eligibility

The Academy takes no account of an  applicant's age or current status (e.g. Professor, Lecturer) in determining  eligibility for these awards. Rather, in all cases, award-holders are expected  to be able to disseminate the results of their research not only through  publications, but also through feeding into their future academic career after the  end of the awards. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is  suitable for support.

Funding

The only permitted cost that can be applied for is the directly incurred salary (including NI and superannuation) of the replacement lecturer.

If you wish to submit an application please inform the following contacts:

, Research Grants Administrator and/or , Director of Research (Projects and Impact). 

Further details of the scheme are available on the British Academy’s website. The scheme notes are available here.

Wolfson Research Professorships

Awards designed to give an opportunity for extended research leave to a small number of the most outstanding established scholars to enable them to concentrate on a significant research programme, while freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments.

Timetable for 2016-17

Scheme Opens - 28th September 2016

Deadline for Applicants - 23rd November 2016

Deadline for Institutional Approval - 24th November 2016

Deadline for Referees - 1st December 2016 

Final Award Announcement expected - 31st March 2017

Earliest Award Start Date - 1st September 2017

Latest Award Start Date - 1st January 2018

Eligibility

The Academy takes no account of an applicant's age or current status (e.g. Professor, Lecturer) in determining eligibility for these awards. Rather, in all cases, award-holders are expected to be established scholars with a significant track record of publication. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is suitable for support.

Award Value

The awards are of a fixed value of £150,000 (£50,000 pa for three years). Funding is expected to be used primarily to meet the costs of replacement teaching, with any balance available to the award-holder as research expenses. These awards are not covered under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime.

Wolfson Research Professorships are held for a period of three years.

More information could be found here.

ESRC

Professorial Fellowships

These fellowships last for up to three years and the award provides for the fellow's salary cost. Fellows can apply for up to 60% of their time. Additional research assistance and studentship costs may also be applied for.

Applicants should have a strong reputation for research on both a national and international level.

Professorial fellows are eligible for REF entry.

For further information, please see the website.

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF)

Call announced: January 2016

Deadline for submission: Friday 19 February 2016, 4 pm

Successful applicants should be notified by the end of July 2016.

Please note that applications must be approved by the Faculty and the Research Operations Office prior to submission, so applications should be completed no later than Monday 15 February  2016  to receive checks and approval.

Purpose

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

Eligible applicants

Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply. Applicants will normally hold a salaried position at an Institution of Higher Education and Research. Candidates should be 10 years or more from the year of their PhD award.

However, a shorter time from PhD award may exceptionally be considered, if the candidate has other qualifications to be considered as mid-career (these might include: length of appointment to permanent post, seniority, teaching responsibilities). Career breaks may also be taken into account.

The awards are intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of up to one year, and must be taken up no later than end of December 2017; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent.

Eligible research

Innovative research which breaks with existing explanatory frameworks so as to address afresh empirical problems with no currently adequate theory or investigative methodology. Innovation may also come from controversial theoretical approaches motivated by critical challenge of incumbent theories. Interdisciplinarity in the generation of new investigative initiatives may be achieved by combining, cross-fertilising, and so transforming empirical methods and theoretical insights from the social sciences. Projects ranging across the breadth of the social scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary research fields are welcome, and relevant applications from scholars working within the humanities are also encouraged.

Funding

The amount of an award depends on the nature of the work proposed and individual circumstances – the ISRF expects applications for grants up to a maximum of £60,000 to buy-out the cost of all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution for up to 12 months.

Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.

Project proposal

In order to be considered for the award, the application must comprise the following:

1)   A completed application form, to include:

  • An Abstract (300 words) of the research’s aims, methods, contribution to knowledge, and value in realising the goals of ISRF.
  • A completed Research Project Proposal form (1750 words total; 250 words per section) with details about the Research Idea (the innovative thesis of the project); the Background (current research reference points and their limitations); the Focus (how the research provides a fresh approach to real-life problems); the Theoretical novelty (what conceptual innovation the research is aiming at); the Methodology (how different disciplinary inputs will interact in empirical inquiry); the Work Plan (how the work will be organised over the award period and what outputs are intended); the Outcome (what further steps and what longer-term outcome are envisaged).
  • A Budget comprising a full outline of employment costs. If matched-funded research expenses are included for consideration, an explanation should be given as to why these are deemed necessary.

2)   A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications.

3)   A letter of support from a recognised scholar in the applicant’s field of interest, covering (this must be sent from the nominated scholar direct to ISRF):

  • The applicant’s status (personal academic reference).
  • The research proposed (brief comment on how this meets the ISRF criteria).
  • Why the research would not be funded by existing resources.

 Submission

Applicants should submit their complete application electronically via the online application system. Guidance notes for applicants may be accessed here.

Applicants can expect to be informed of the result of their applications by email by the end of July 2016. Formal acceptance of the award must be completed by the end of December 2016.

Further information

If you need assistance on costing or general advice on application, please contact Ed Mayes, Chief Accounts Clerk or Julija Varanaviciute, Research Grants Administrator at the Faculty of History (researchgrants@hist.cam.ac.uk).

Leverhulme Trust

Early Career Fellowships

Information on Early Career Fellowships can be found under 'Early Career Schemes'.

Research Fellowships

Offering up to £50,000 over three to twenty-four months for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. 

Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.

Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 24 months, and the current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2017 and 1 May 2018.

Deadline: 10 November 2016

More information could be found here. 

International Academic Fellowship

Enabling established researchers based at a UK higher education institution to spend a period of time in overseas research centres, to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas. Up to £40,000 is available for a period of three to twelve months. 

International Academic Fellowships provide established researchers with a concentrated period based in one or more research centres outside the UK. The intention of the scheme is to provide opportunities to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas, and may for example be used for the following:

  • observing and learning ground-breaking techniques or practices
  • developing new lines of research through overseas collaboration
  • making "discipline-hopping excursions" into new areas of research
  • developing innovations in teaching
  • exchanging ideas

If you wish to dedicate a period abroad entirely to a research project you should apply to the Trust’s Research Fellowships scheme.

The maximum value of a Fellowship is £40,000. Eligible costs include: reasonable replacement cover whilst the Fellow is overseas; travel to and within the overseas country or countries; a maintenance grant to meet the increased expense of living overseas; and essential research costs.

Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 12 months, and the current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2017 and 1 May 2018.

Deadline: 10 November 2016

More information could be found here. 

Emeritus Fellowships

Emeritus Fellowships enable senior established researchers to complete a research project and  prepare the results for publication.

The maximum value of a Fellowship is £22,000. Eligible costs include: travel and subsistence costs for periods away from home; the employment of a research, clerical or secretarial assistant to support the work; photocopies; photographic expenses; office or laboratory consumables. There is no provision for a personal maintenance allowance or remuneration for the applicant. Fellowships are tenable for 3-24 months.

Applicants must be resident in the UK at the time of application and must hold or have held a teaching and/or research post at a university or equivalent in the UK at the point of retirement. Applicants should be retired by the time of taking up the Fellowship and no longer have a normal contract of employment. Applications will be considered from all subject areas.

For further information, please see the website.

Major Research Fellowships

Call announced for 2016 round: Wednesday 3 February 2016

Deadline for submission: Thursday 5 May 2016, 4 pm.

Please note that applications must be approved by the Faculty and the Research Operations Office prior to submission, so applications should be completed no later than Thursday 28 April  2016  to receive checks and approval.

The Leverhulme Trust will report results by the end of December 2016.

Purpose

These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years. Candidates should state explicitly what the proposed outcomes of the award will be. Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level, which has been sufficient to have won international recognition. It is crucial that you clarify in the project proposal attached to the application what you anticipate the outcomes of the Fellowship to be.

The duration of a Fellowship is for two or three years, to start at the beginning of the 2017/18 academic year. Grants can be for a period of either 24 or 36 months. Please ensure that the start date is not earlier than 1 September 2017 or later than 1 October 2017.

Eligibility

Applicants must be employed by a university or other institution of higher education in the UK at the time of application and throughout the duration of the Fellowship. They should be able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level, but they need not already be of professorial standing.

Please note that you will be required to select three referees able to comment on the research record, standing and potential of the candidate, the merit of the proposed research project, including an assessment of its appropriateness for a two to three-year period of research.. Referees cannot be from the same institution as the applicant, nor from the same institution as each other.

Funding

The Fellowships fund the salary costs (normally starting at the most junior point of the lecturer scale at the institution concerned) of an individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship.

A Major Research Fellow may also request research expenses up to an annual maximum of £6,000. If such funds are required they must be requested as part of the application procedure.

Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.

Submission

To make an application you should access the Leverhulme Trust Grant Application System.

Please read carefully the online Help notes before completing the application.

Further information

Please consult the website of the Leverhulme Trust for more information on the Major Research Fellowship scheme.

Potential applicants should contact , Research Facilitator for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the Schools of Arts and Humanities and the Humanities and Social Sciences for advice on academic content of the proposal.

If you need assistance on costing or general advice on application, please contact Ed Mayes, Chief Accounts Clerk or Julija Varanaviciute, Research Grants Administrator at the Faculty of History ().

Visiting Professorships

Awarded to UK institutions that wish to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the knowledge and skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. The scheme covers maintenance, travel expenses and research costs. Visiting Professorships last for between three and twelve months.

The objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and twelve months inclusive at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. It is recognised that Visiting Professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests. The over-riding criteria for selection are first the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and secondly the ability of the receiving institution to benefit from the imported skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures.

The sum requested should reflect the individual circumstances of the visitor and the nature and duration of the proposed activities. A maintenance grant up to a level commensurate with the salary of a professor in the relevant field at the receiving institution may be requested. Economy travel costs to and from the UK will also be met. Requests for associated costs, if justified by the programme, may include, for example, travel within the UK, consumables, and essential technical assistance.

A Visiting Professorship may last for between three and twelve months inclusive.

The next closing date for applications is 4pm on 11 May 2017.

More information could be found here. 

Newton International Fellowships

Deadline for submission: Wednesday 9 March 2016, 23:59

Please note that applications must be approved by the Faculty and the Research Operations Office prior to submission, so applications should be completed no later than March 2, 2016  to receive checks and approval.

Purpose

The aim of this programme is to select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at a UK research institution for a period of two years.

The Newton International Fellowships scheme is run by the British Academy and the Royal Society. The long-term aim of the scheme is to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK.

The Fellowships cover the broad range of physical, natural and social sciences and the humanities. The applicant requires a sponsor/mentor based in the host institution.

Eligibility

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.

Funding

Newton International Fellowships are for early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world. The fellowship enables them to work at UK research institutions and provides grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. 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.

Submission

Applications are made online through the Royal Society’s e-GAP2 system. Please see the scheme notes for more information, including eligibility criteria and the application process.

Further information

For further information, please see the website. 

If you need assistance on costing or general advice on application, please contact Ed Mayes, Chief Accounts Clerk or Julija Varanaviciute, Research Grants Administrator at the Faculty of History ()

Wellcome Trust

Research Fellowships

Purpose

This scheme is for individuals not yet in established academic posts, who wish to undertake a period of postdoctoral research. Fellowships are offered in the fields of

Medical Humanities (full details available here)

Society and Ethics (full details available here)

Applications within both fields follow a two-stage process:

Deadline for preliminary applications: 18th July 2014

Deadline for full applications: 26th September 2014

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you are a postdoctoral scholar not in a tenured or otherwise long-term established post (employment on a rolling contract is regarded as tantamount to holding an established post), wishing to carry out an extended period of research on a specific project. You will also be expected to have been awarded your PhD before you are eligible to apply. Applications from candidates who are still awaiting their viva by the time of the full application will not normally be accepted.

Written support will be required from the Chair of the Faculty.

Application process

The full list of requirements for preliminary applications is available on the Wellcome Trust website. Please consult the relevant page depending upon whether you are interested in the Medical Humanities or Society and Ethics field, as the two fields have slightly different requirements and expectations. Please direct queries on the application process to Research Grants Administrator, .

Regulations

Awards in both fields are expected to run for a maximum of three years and Research Fellows are expected to work full time on their projects (however part-time working may be considered on an exceptional basis). Awards include a salary and essential research expenses (full details of the latter are available on the website). Awards will not usually exceed £250,000.

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