2021 Newton International Fellowships

The Royal Society and British Academy through their respective International Fellowship programme are offering the Newton International Fellowships for 2021.


These fellowships are for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.

The Fellowships provides an opportunity for talented post-doctoral researchers to carry out world class research in UK institutions across all disciplines of natural sciences and engineering, social science, and humanities.

The Newton International Fellowship can be held on either a full-time or on a part-time basis.

Successful applicants may also be eligible to receive annual funding following completion of their fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers.

What is included in the scholarship?

Funding will consist of:

  • subsistence, at a fixed rate of £24,000 per annum.
  • 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 Newton International Fellow, 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).
  • 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.
  • Newton International Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 5 years following the completion of the Fellowship.

Who can apply?

- Applicants must have a PhD or be in the final stage of their PhD provided that it will be completed before the start date of the fellowship. Confirmation of award of the PhD will be required before any fellowship award is confirmed.

- Applicants should have no more than seven years active full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application, including teaching experience, time spent in industry on research, honorary positions and/or visiting researcher positions. Career breaks must be clearly detailed and explained in the application.

- Applicants should be working outside the UK and should not hold UK citizenship at the time of application.

- Applicants who are not currently employed are still eligible but will need to provide details of their previous supervisor.

- Individuals already living, working or undertaking research in the UK are not eligible to apply.

- Individuals who have lived, worked or undertaken research in the UK in the 12 months prior to the application deadline are not eligible to apply.

- Individuals working outside the UK but employed by a UK organisation are also not eligible to apply.

- Applications from individuals who have not studied or worked in the UK previously are encouraged as the scheme aims to establish new links between the applicant and the UK.

- Applicants who completed their PhD at a UK organisation must have been working and based outside the UK for at least one year at the deadline for the application.

- Applicants proposing to return to their UK-based PhD organisation and/or PhD supervisor or to their Post-doctoral supervisor will normally be considered to be ineligible and so applicants must have exceptional reasons for proposing to do so.

- Proposed Fellowships must be carried out in the UK at the UK host organisation for the duration of the Fellowship.

- Applicants must be competent in oral and written English. The applicant must confirm their competency on the application form and the UK Co-applicant needs to include the applicant’s competency in their supporting statement.

- Individuals who have previously been in receipt of a Newton International Fellowship are not permitted to apply again.

- Applicants who have been unsuccessful in a previous round of the competition may make another application in this round.



Fields of Study

 A summary of the subject groups and areas supported by Royal Society grants funding:

Computer Science

Pure and Applied Mathematics

Astronomy and Physics, Theoretical Physics, Applied Physics

Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry

Engineering, Technology, Instrumentation, Material Science, Experimental Fluid Dynamics

Earth Sciences, Environmental Physical Sciences

Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Molecular Cell Biology

Developmental Biology, Genetics (excl. population genetics), Immunology, Microbiology (excl. medical microbiology)

Anatomy, Physiology, Neurosciences

Organismal Biology, Evolutionary and Ecological Science (incl. soils and agriculture)

Health and Human Sciences

Application process

Applications for the humanities and social sciences should be made to the British Academy.

If you are unsure about which academy to apply to, contact info@newtonfellowships.org.

Applications for the natural and physical sciences should be submitted through the Royal Society’s grants management system Flexi-Grant via https://grants.royalsociety.org.

Further guidance and support can be found through the applicant and approver knowledge base.


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