Royal Society Newton International Fellowships


The scheme provides the opportunity for the best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years.

Applicants must have a PhD by the time the grant starts, but no more than 7 years active full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application. You must be currently working outside the UK and not hold a UK citizenship. You must be able to submit a clearly-defined and mutually-benefitial proposal agreed with a host scientist here in Oxford.
Funding is for 2 years and covers a stipend for the applicant of £24k per annum and up to £3k per annum of research expenses. Up to £3k is also avalailable for relocation.
Applications are submitted through the Royal Society's application portal: Flexigrant. Further information is available on the Royal Society's webpages where there is additional information for applicants from specific partner countries.

Deadlines and Timescales (2020)

This scheme has closed for 2020. We expect it to re-open in January 2021 for a ~March 2021 deadline. Below shows details of our process for 2020 and we expect 2021 to be largely similar.
Please let us know if you are interested in applying for this scheme as soon as possible. You must already have been in touch with one of our academics, and have their support to apply.
We now run a two stage internal review process for all fellowships. The deadlines for this scheme are as follows:
05/02/20 Please email us a copy of your CV, publication list and 1 page summary of proposed research. Include the name of the local academic who you will be working with.
05/03/20 A complete draft of the application needs to be available for departmental quality review.
19/03/20 The application must be complete (including references) and submitted in FlexiGrant to allow time for our central Research Services team to approve.

Guidance and useful info

References are required from the UK Head of Department, your UK co-applicant, your current supervisor overseas and two nominated referees. The latter should be able to comment independently and authoritatively on your application. One should be nominated by the applicant and one by the UK co-applicant. One must be based in the UK. Referees should not be from the same institution as the applicant or UK co-applicant, nor should they be your former or current supervisor. All referees must be invited to the application in Flexigrant and you must make them aware that they need to log in to the system and complete the reference online. You will not be able to submit your proposal for mandatory institutional approval until all elements, including references are complete, so please make sure your referees are able to complete the reference several days ahead of the funder deadline.

NB- successful fellows will have visitor status rather than being employed by the University of Oxford and therefore your research project and additional proposed activities must be tailored to reflect this: not all research proposals will therefore be suitable for this scheme. Please discuss your proposal with your local collaborators and the Research Facilitation team as soon as possible for further advice if you are interested in applying.