Newton International Fellowships: 2018 Call Now Open

Globes and Maps by caruba CC BY-NC 2.0
Globes and Maps by caruba CC BY-NC 2.0

The latest call for Newton International Fellowships, released yesterday by the British Academy, Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Applicants should hold a PhD (or expect to obtain one by the time funding starts) and not be UK citizens and be working outside of the UK at the time of application. In addition, applicants should have no more than 7 years of active, full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application, discounting career breaks. Applicants should not have done their PhD at the institution they are applying to.

The opportunity covers the full range of subjects covered by the three funders, including engineering, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, pure/applied mathematics, human geography, astronomy and physics (see p2 of the scheme notes for full details).

The funding is to pay for their subsistence costs for a two-year full-time fellowship appointment (up to £24k/annum as a tax exempt stipend), up to £8k/annum for consumables, a one-off £2k relocation payment in year one, as well as a contribution to institutional overheads.

This is a highly competitive scheme, but if you know of a good quality candidate with an excellent research track record who is keen to work here, then it may be a good opportunity to apply for. The application deadline is 27th March 2018 at 3pm.

Please contact your Faculty aligned Research Funding and Policy Manager for a further discussion in the first instance.


BIS Launches Global Challenges Research Fund Survey

Globe by Simon Tong CC BY-SA-NC 2.0
Globe by Simon Tong CC BY-SA-NC 2.0

Yesterday BIS launched a call for evidence to inform the high level challenges which will form the basis of the funding calls for the Global Challenges Research Fund. We summarised what we know so far about the GCRF last week.

“We are looking for inputs from individuals and institutions across all academic disciplines, non-governmental organisations and industrial sectors both in and outside of the UK. Please alert colleagues who may wish to respond.

The results from the survey will be reviewed alongside other feedback. We will share a short summary of evidence we have collected and outline how that has informed our strategy in the autumn.”

This is your chance to have your say on how the programme should be steered. The survey is via an online webform and it closes on 22nd August.


Brazil funding opportunities workshop 21st September 2015

Northumbria University’s International Development Partnerships Team invite you to attend a workshop being provided by the Assistant Director of Programmes and Operations at the International Unit; Tania Lima on the 21st September, 15:00 – 16:30 in MEA House Auditorium – City Campus. The workshop is open to all academic and service staff interested in finding out about opportunities in Brazil.

 International partnerships with Brazil: an overview

Brazil has been investing 0.8% of its GDP for research and innovation, in addition to funding the very ambitious mobility programme “Science without Borders”. State funding agencies, such as FAPESP and FAPERJ, are also big funders of international collaborations. Brazil’s scientific output has greatly increased in the past five years, with many excellent groups producing outstanding research. The UK government launched the Newton Fund programme in 2014, to fund scientific international collaborations with 15 countries, including Brazil and other Latin American countries.

In this workshop, Tania Lima will present an overview of the research landscape, funding programmes, both from Brazil and the UK, and discuss pathways to engage with these funding possibilities. Click here for Tania’s profile.

Please register your attendance here:

Kind regards,


International Development Partnerships Team

Northumbria University

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 8ST, United Kingdom


Newton Advanced Fellowships and Mobility Grants
Globe by Steve Cadman CC BY SA 2.0

Newton Advanced Fellowships and Mobility Grants calls from British Academy and Royal Society are now live with a 16th September 2015 deadline.

The Advanced Fellowships enable early-mid career international researchers to develop their research strengths and capabilities through training, collaboration and visits with a partner in the UK. Countries covered are Malaysia, Mexico and Thailand (plus China for the Royal Society).

Both the British Academy and Royal Society are running this scheme so it covers most disciplinary areas. There are some differences in countries between the two funders – please check the links for further details and get in touch with us if you have any questions.

The Newton Mobility Grants provide support to international researchers to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers by providing funding towards travel, subsistence and research expenses for short visits. Countries covered are Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa and Thailand. The British Academy currently has a call open to this scheme.


ESRC-AHRC-CASS International Centre Partnerships

A reminder of the call announced by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)  to support China-UK International Centre Partnerships with the following aims:

  • Enable excellent international research collaboration between centres of excellence in the UK and China
  • Support the development of ambitious joint research agendas and stimulate the development of international and interdisciplinary collaborative research proposals
  • Promote mobility and develop capacity, thus contributing to the development of an internationally networked cohort of researchers who have the skills to work globally
  • Enhance pathways to international impact

Funding for this initiative is being supplied by the Newton Fund which is aimed at developing science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries

Further information including eligibility and how to apply can be accessed here.

The closing date is 16.00 (GMT) on 5 March 2015.



The British Academy invites applications …

.. for its international partnership and mobility scheme which  aims to support the development of partnerships between the UK and other areas of the world where research excellence would be strengthened by new, innovative initiatives and links.The Scheme intends to strengthen research capacity of all collaborative partners and to develop long-term links between the UK and overseas scholars whilst also encouraging an intra-regional exchange of expertise and knowledge.

Closing date: 5pm on 11 Feb 2015

Further information can be found here.





Newton Research Collaboration with Brazil – Royal Academy of Engineering

Brazil 2014 by Adrien Sifre CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Brazil 2014 by Adrien Sifre CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Royal Academy of Engineering is currently running a short call for research collaborations with Brazil.

The deadline is 26th Jan 2015 and collaborations must start between 1st March 2015 and 31st March 2015. Funding is provided at a flat rate of £2,000/month regardless of which direction the visits are in. Projects should be between 3 and 12 months in duration.

Successful projects should focus on an engineering research challenge that will enhance social welfare or economic development in the selected partner country and demonstrate a tangible benefit to the Partner Country by enhancing its capacity to carry out excellent research in engineering.

RAEng counts a broad range of disciplines as ‘engineering‘ for the purposes of this call, including biotechnology, petrochemicals, offshore engineering, geotechnics, water resources, building services, telecommunications, optics, lasers, information technology, energy conservation, manufacturing, applied mechanics and materials.

A larger call for collaborations with all Newton Partner Countries (Brazil, China, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam) will open up early this year. Please contact your Faculty RFPM as soon as possible if you are interested in applying to this call.