The Royal Society have recently launched their new Career Development Fellowship scheme aimed at early career researchers. This is a 4 year, postdoctoral research fellowship that aims to support the retention in STEM researchers from underrepresented backgrounds. This is a new scheme by the Royal Society and is initially running as a pilot program for researchers from a black heritage. Fellowships will provide funding to conduct high-quality research and a comprehensive programme of mentoring, training and networking opportunities to support award holders in establishing successful research career in the UK. Further details below.
Eligibility: You can apply for the pilot scheme if: a) you self-identify as being from black heritage including mixed black background and b) have a PhD at the time the project would start but no more than 24 months postdoctoral experience.
Value: Applicants can apply for £690,000 over a 4 year period.
Start date: Fellowships are expected to commence between October 2024 and January 2025.
Sponsor: Applicants can either be current PhD/postdoctoral researchers at the University of Birmingham or external candidates who would move to the University of Birmingham if successful. Applicants can be UK based or international (international applicants are eligible to apply for the global talent visa if successful)
Deadline: 24th January 2024
Link for further information: career-development-fellowship-scheme-notes.pdf (royalsociety.org)<https://royalsociety.org/-/media/grantsSchemesAwards/grants/career-development-fellowship-scheme-notes.pdf>