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School of Social and Political Science: Research


Newton International Fellowships

The Newton International Fellowships scheme is run by The British Academy and the Royal Society. The Fellowships cover the broad range of physical, natural and social sciences and the humanities.

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.

If you are interested in applying for a Newton International Fellowship please contact the Research Office as soon as possible.

SSPS requires a mentor (SSPS core staff) for all early-career fellowships. In order to apply, you must first identify, contact and have an agreed mentor for your proposed project application. The project must have Head of Subject Area approval, your mentor can help to obtain this before submitting your application to the School. 

Please note the following which apply to this round and are important changes to the guidance for applicants:

  • All applicants must be working and be based outside of the UK for at least one year at the deadline of the application.
  • Applicants should have no more than 7 years active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application, including teaching experience, time spent in industry, honorary positions and/or visiting researcher positions. Career breks must be clearly detailed and explained in the application.

SSPS Deadlines for this scheme:

The 2018 round is now closed. Please check back autumn/winter 2018-19 for information on the 2019 round

2018 round timeline (for reference):

  • Monday 24 February 2018 SSPS Internal Deadline – Applicants are asked to submit their full research proposal and abstracts for review.
    • Proposal Text – (8000 characters Inc. spaces)
    • Scientific Abstract (1000 characters Inc. spaces)
    • Lay Summary – (1000 characters Inc. spaces)
    • Brief statements (1000 characters Inc. spaces) on benefits to individual/institutions and benefits to the UK/research in UK.
    • CV
  • By 6 March 2018  – Applicants/Co-applicants will be notified if School is happy to support the application. Successful applicants will be paired with suitable reviewers and provided with initial feedback.
  • 20 March 2018 – Submission of full application to School through Flexigrant system. Research Office enters additional details and final checks
  • 27 March 2018 3.00pm – Submission by UoE

See the Scheme Notes for further details.

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