Newton International Fellowships 2021 guidance notes

Guidance notes for the 2021 Newton International Fellowships. Please read these scheme notes carefully. Any incorrectly submitted application will be ineligible for award.

Background

The Newton International Fellowship Scheme was established in 2008 to select the very best early career postdoctoral researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at UK research institutions for two years. Newton International Fellowships are made available by the British Academy and the Royal Society.

Aims of the scheme

This scheme focuses on early career international researchers. The aims of this scheme are as follows:

  • To support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years.
  • To ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world are supported in the UK.
  • To foster long-term relations between Newton International Fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni programme for former Fellows of this Scheme. The alumni programme includes the possible provision of further funding for Newton International Fellows for follow-on activities, to enable links with UK-based researchers to be maintained and developed.

Subjects covered

Research must be within the British Academy’s remit of Humanities and Social sciences, for a full list, please see the table below.

  • Classical Antiquity 
  • Theology and Religious Studies  
  • Africa, Asia and the Middle East 
  • Linguistics and Philology 
  • Early Modern Languages and Literatures to 1830 
  • Modern Languages, Literatures and Other Media from 1830 
  • Archaeology 
  • Medieval Studies 
  • Early Modern History to 1850 
  • Modern History from 1850 
  • History of Art and Music 
  • Philosophy 
  • Law 
  • Economics and Economic History 
  • Anthropology and Geography 
  • Sociology, Demography and Social Statistics 
  • Political Studies: Political Theory, Government and International Relations 
  • Psychology 
  • Culture, Media and Performance 
  • Education 
  • Management and Business Studies 

If there is any doubt about the eligibility of a project, contact the Research Funding team at overseas@thebritishacademy.ac.uk.

Applicants for the natural sciences apply to the Royal Society.

Value of funding and support provided

Approximate number of Fellowships offered: 12

Funding will consist of:

  • £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs (tax exempt)
  • up to £8,000 per annum for consumables
  • a one-off payment of up to £3,500 for relocation expenses in year one only
  • contribution towards the cost of dependents’ (partner and children only) visas required to relocate to the UK
  • a contribution will also be made to enable the UK host institution to host a Fellowship; this will be equal to 50% of the award (excluding the additional funding for dependents’ visas).

Contribution to UK host organisation

Newton International Fellowships will not be costed on the basis of full economic costing (FEC). Instead, awards will include a sum of 50% of the award (i.e. up to £33,750 for two years) to enable the UK host institution to host a Fellowship, to cover access for the individual to the institution and department facilities (adequate office and laboratory space and access to essential equipment and facilities, etc.).

For example: if the award value is £35,500 in the first year (£24,000 + £8,000 + £3,500), the contribution to overheads is £17,750; therefore, the overall award value in the first year is £53,250. Newton International Fellows will not have access to overheads funding. The host organisation will not receive an overheads contribution for any extra funding awarded for dependents’ visas.

Expectation of the UK Host Organisation

It is expected that your host organisation gives you the necessary departmental and institutional support to complete your Fellowship successfully, including adequate office and laboratory space and access to essential equipment, software and facilities. Newton International Fellows should be appointed on terms that are no less favourable than those of comparable posts in the host organisation.

Duration and start of Fellowship

Fellowships are expected to commence by 30 June 2022.

Awards cannot start before 01 January 2022. A start date of the first of the month is preferred. Fellowships will be for held for two years on a full-time basis.

Flexibility during the Fellowship

The Newton International Fellowship is a flexible award. It can be held on either a full-time or on a part-time basis (minimum 0.6FTE) for caring responsibilities. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, shared parental leave, adoptive or extended sick leave as well as financial support for childcare costs that arise from attending conferences etc.

Global Talent Visa

British Academy Newton International Fellows requiring a visa to work in the UK are eligible to apply for a Global Talent Visa under the Fast-tracked process of endorsement. In line with the highly prestigious nature of the award, the Global Talent visa route is designed for people who are internationally recognised as potential leaders and enables the holder to be both adaptable and flexible during their research in the UK. Further details can be found on the British Academy’s website.

Alumni follow-on funding for Newton International Fellows

British Academy Newton International Fellows may also be eligible to receive Alumni follow-on funding following the tenure of their Fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers. Information regarding the Follow-on Alumni funding will be sent to successful Newton International Fellows towards the end of the Fellowship.

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