Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship


This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their career who have the potential to become leaders in their field but who also have a demonstrable need for a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting/caring responsibilities or health issues. Applicants must be in the early stages of their career having either recently completed their PhD or have up to 6 years research exerience since your PhD at the closing date of the round. Applicants must also not have a permanent academic position at the time of application; applicants may be of any nationality. Funding is available for 5 years and includes the applicant's salary and funding torwards research expenses as outlined in the funder guidance/website.
Applications are submitted through the Royal Society's application portal - Flexigrant.

Deadline and Timescales (2020)

The deadline for 2020 is expected to be mid-November. We are operating an internal selection process. Please send the Facilitation Team your CV, publications list and one page outline proposal by 9th September 2020 to obtain Departmental approval to apply.

Guidance and useful info

Once we know that you intend to apply we will be able to send you our internal guidance documents.

Your appliction must contain a statement of support from both the Head of Department and two nominated referees. One should be someone who has worked closely with you and one should be external to your current research group. One should be from outside of your chosen host institution and should ideally be international.
IMPORTANT: both referees (and the Head of Department) must sign in to Flexigrant to directly upload their statements of support, so you must make sure you've invited them from within the portal and that they are able to log in and complete the references at least a few days before the funder deadline. The portal will not allow your application to be sent through the mandatory institutional approval steps until all components are marked as complete.

The interview stage is an important part of the selection process so if you are invited for interview please notify the facilitation team and your local academic contacts as soon as possible so that mock interviews can be arranged in advance of the real interview.