The scheme provides the opportunity for the best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years.
Applicants must have a PhD by the time the grant starts, but no more than 7 years active full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application. You must be currently working outside the UK and not hold a UK citizenship. You must be able to submit a clearly-defined and mutually-benefitial proposal agreed with a host scientist here in Oxford.
Funding is for 2 years and covers a stipend for the applicant of £24k per annum and up to £8k per annum of research expenses. Up to £3.5k is also avalailable for relocation, and funding can be requested to cover visa costs for dependants.
Applications are submitted through the Royal Society's application portal: Flexigrant. Further information is available on the Royal Society's webpages where there is additional information for applicants from specific partner countries.
Deadlines and Timescales (2021)
For 2021 the funder deadline is 16th June.
Please let us know if you wish to apply for this scheme, providing a CV, publications list and 1 page research proposal summary. Please also confirm who will be your departental sponsor, and cc them in your email to us (you must already have contacted them and confirmed their support for your application).
The deadlines for our internal process for this scheme are as follows:
19/05/21 Please email us a copy of your CV, publication list and 1 page summary of proposed research. CC the local academic who you will be working with.
01/06/21 A complete draft of the application needs to be available for departmental quality review.
08/06/21 The application must be complete (including references) and submitted in FlexiGrant to allow time for our central Research Services team to approve.
Guidance and useful info
References are required from the UK Head of Sub-Department, your UK co-applicant, your current supervisor overseas and two nominated referees. The latter should be able to comment independently and authoritatively on your application. One should be nominated by the applicant and one by the UK co-applicant. One must be nominated by yourself, and one by the UK co-applicant. Referees should not be from the same institution as the applicant or UK co-applicant, nor should they be your former or current supervisor. All referees must be invited to the application in Flexigrant and you must make them aware that they need to log in to the system and complete the reference online. You will not be able to submit your proposal for mandatory institutional approval until all elements, including references are complete, so please make sure your referees are able to complete the reference several days ahead of the funder deadline (by 8th June).
NB- successful fellows will have visitor status rather than being employed by the University of Oxford and therefore your research project and additional proposed activities must be tailored to reflect this: not all research proposals will therefore be suitable for this scheme. Please discuss your proposal with your local collaborators and the Research Facilitation team as soon as possible for further advice if you are interested in applying.