- British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships
NOTE: Applicants must also be UK or EEA nationals, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community.
The British Academy invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment, which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields. Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate and be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the fellowship.
Fellowships are tenable for three years and cover fellows’ salaries, small-scale research expenses up to £6,000, costs towards the time of a mentor, and the host institution’s estates and indirect costs. A total of 45 fellowships are expected to be available.
Deadline 5th October. More info
2. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Short-Term Research Grants
NOTE: Grants are open to PhD students and graduates, postdoctoral researchers having completed a PhD no more than four years ago, and lecturers at the start of their university career. Applicants of all nationalities may apply, provided that the applicant is either currently enrolled at a British or Irish university or has graduated from a British or Irish university no longer than two years ago and is still resident in the UK or Ireland.
These grants enable academics to carry out research in any discipline at universities, research institutes, libraries or archives in Germany for one to six months. Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the time of application are not eligible. The grant includes a monthly allowance of €1,000 for a period of one up to six months and an initial extra payment towards travel expenses.
Deadline 4th October. More info
3. ERC Starting Grant
NOTE: Applicants may be researchers of any nationality who intend to carry out research in an EU member state or associated country.
The European Commission Horizon 2020: ERC invites proposals for its ERC-2017-STG call for starting grants. These support principal investigators in starting their own independent research team or programme, with scientific proposals that are groundbreaking and ambitious. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity, and show a promising track record including significant publications in major international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Principal investigators should have been awarded their first PhD between two and seven years before 1 January 2017, and may be of any age, residing in any country at the time of application. They must be engaged at the host institution for the duration of the project. Host institutions must be established in members states or associated countries as a legal entity under national law, or may be an international European interest organisation, the European commission’s joint research centre, or any other entity under EU law, including public and private entities, universities, research organisation and undertakings.
The budget for this call is €605 million. Grants are worth up to €1.5m each over five years, or pro rata for projects of shorter duration. An additional €500,000 can be requested for eligible start up costs of moving to the EU or an associated country, the purchase of major equipment and access to large facilities.
Deadline 18th October. More info