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The Newton International Fellowships 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. The scheme is offered by the Royal Society, British Academy and Academy of Medical Sciences.

Please note that full applications must be approved by the Faculty and Research Operation Office prior to submission. Applications therefore must be completed and submitted to the Faculty for internal checks/approvals before the official deadline. 


The aims for the Newton International Fellowships Scheme are 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;

- ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world are supported in the UK;

- 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 applicant must:

 - have a PhD, or applicants in the final stages of their PhD will be accepted provided that the PhD will be completed (including viva) 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 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry);

- be working outside the UK;

- not hold UK citizenship;

- be competent in oral and written English;

- have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher.

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.


Newton International Fellowships last for two years. Funding consists of £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £3,000 for relocation expenses (£2,000 for EEA Nationals). Awards include a contribution to the Faculty of the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the total award to the visiting researcher. From 1 April 2015, a new health surcharge was introduced under the 2014 Immigration Act for non-exempt persons. As of 8 January 2019 the surcharge is now £400 per year. It also applies to dependents. This expense can be covered under the relocation expenses costs of the Fellowship for non-exempt grant holders, but not for any dependents.

Some applicants may also be eligible to receive up to £6,000 annually following the tenure of their Fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers.

The applicant requires a sponsor/mentor based in the host institution.

Applications are online through the British Academy's Flexi-Grant system.

For further information please see the website.