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Academic Fellowships

The below represents some of the fellowships that are availbable for staff who have taken some time out for parenting or caring reasons. 

If you aware of others please do get in touch by emailing Human Resources

Daphne Jackson Fellowships offer STEM professionals the opportunity to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for a family, health or caring reason. It is the opportunity to balance a personlised retraining programme with a challenging research project, held in a supportive UK university or research establishment.

Fellowships are flexible and part-time, usually completed over two years at 0.5 FTE, and consist of a challenging research project and at least 100 hours’ retraining per year.

For more information please go to the Daphne Jackson Trust website

This scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists and engineers at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

This scheme offers you the opportunity to:

  • focus on your own research, freeing you from administrative and teaching duties
  • hold your fellowship on a part-time basis to suit personal circumstances
  • claim back time spent deferring the fellowship and/or working part-time at the end of the fellowship

This fellowship is highly flexible to accommodate for part-time working, sabbaticals and secondments. Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For more information please see the Royal Society website. 

For the past 11 years, L'Oréal UKI and UNESCO UK have annually awarded 5 Fellowships to early career researchers. The fellowships have been designed to provide flexible and practical financial support to ensure these women further their research and careers. With the flexible grant, winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for childcare, travel costs or indeed whatever they need to continue their research. In addition to financial support each year, past and present fellows receive training and networking opportunities. The UKI For Women in Science Alumni are also encouraged to apply for The Ambassador Fund; a dedicated fund for fellows to participate in public engagement, promotion of science and outreach activities to support their research. TheUKI fellowship programme is part of the Global For Women In Science initiative which, internationally, has supported over 3000 women to date and granted over 3000 doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships throughout the world.

The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture is made to an individual for an outstanding contribution to any area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to support the promotion of women in STEM.

The guidance notes (PDF) and terms and conditions of the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture (PDF) should be read before submitting a nomination.

The award is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is named in honour of the biophysicist Rosalind Franklin, who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA. The first award was made in 2003.

The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a grant of £40,000 and a gift of £1,000. The recipient of the award is expected to spend a proportion of the grant on implementing a project to raise the profile of women in STEM.

This scheme offers postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers after a continuous break from research of at least two years. For more information see the Wellcome website.