Newton International Fellowships

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How many Newton International Fellowships are available?

Approximately 40 Newton International Fellowships will be available in this round, with additional Fellowships awarded to individuals from Newton Fund countries. Additional fellowships are also made available by private foundations.


How much is a Newton International Fellowship worth?

Fellows will receive up to £2,000 for relocation expenses, £24,000 per annum for subsistence (tax exempt) and up to £8,000 per annum for research expenses, for the duration of the award. In addition, UK host universities will receive 50% of the annual value of the Fellowship as a contribution towards their overhead costs.

Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 5 years following the completion of the Fellowship.


Which subjects are covered by the Newton International Fellowships?

The scheme covers the broad range of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. It also covers clinical and patient orientated research for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries.


Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply you must:

      - have a PhD, or will have a PhD by the time the funding starts

      - 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)

      - be working outside the UK

      - not hold UK citizenship

      - be competent in oral and written English

      - have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host scientist

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Where can I hold the Fellowship?

The Fellowships are tenable at any UK university or public research institute. You need to agree a research project with your proposed host prior to application.


How long do the Fellowships last?

The Fellowships run for two consecutive years in the UK.


How do I apply?

You should apply jointly with your proposed UK Co-applicant using the online Flexi-Grant® system. See the How to apply page.


Which criteria are used to assess applications?

The primary considerations are listed below. Successful applications should be strong in all respects:

  • The academic research background of the Fellowship Applicant
  • The quality of the proposed research project
  • The expected benefits for the career development of the Applicant
  • The track record of the UK Co-applicant and host organisation in the area of proposed research
  • The suitability of the UK Co-applicant and host organisation for the Applicant's research project
  • The additional benefits for the UK Co-applicant and host organisation.


What is the role of the UK Co-applicant?

The UK Co-applicant will act as your main research contact in the UK, providing research support and guidance, access to necessary facilities, and assistance with practical and research arrangements. The Co-applicant must hold a permanent or fixed-term contract (lasting for the duration of the Fellowship) in a publicly-funded research organisation in the UK. The Co-applicant will liaise with the host organisation to facilitate the Fellowship.


What information is required from the UK Co-applicant?

The UK Co-applicant is required to provide contact details and information on their research career, and explain the reason he/she is prepared to collaborate with you on the Newton International Fellowship.


What information is required from the UK host organisation?

The UK host organisation is required to indicate that it is willing to provide a base for the Fellowship by authorising the application through Flexi-Grant®. This authorisation is not provided by the UK Co-applicant; each organisation has an individual responsible for the grant authorisation process. Your application will not be considered unless it has received UK host organisational approval via Flexi-Grant®.