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Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowships

One-year Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowships are available for emerging scholars in low-income countries on the OECD DAC list. This scheme will provide an opportunity for talented scholars to benefit from a year in Manchester, as a key part of our capacity building activity. We would anticipate future collaborations through research grant applications made during this year as well as continued involvement and mentoring afterwards with the aim of increasing capacity and capability in partner institutions. The emphasis will be on scholars from low income countries.

Applications should be made in partnership with an established academic member of staff whose contract exceeds the end-date of the Fellowship.  This academic will act as host and mentor to the Fellow throughout their stay. 

Applications should state the desired outcomes and identify measures of success from the outset. 

The aims for this Fellowships scheme are to:

  • Support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country on the DAC list (though preferably a low-income one), by providing an opportunity to work at UoM for one year.
  • Ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines are supported
  • Foster long term relations between the Fellows and UoM staff for future GCRF initiatives

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have a PhD or be in the final stage of their PhD provided that it 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 seven years active full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application. Career breaks must be clearly detailed as part of the application, for example “Start and end dates - career break – maternity/paternity leave”.
  • Candidates must currently be resident in a DAC-list country.

Budget, Dates and Duration
Fellowships must commence during the 2019 calendar year and last for 12 months.  A UoM stipend for maintenance will be issued to each awardee.  Funding will cover:

  • £24,000 for maintenance costs (payable in three equal instalments)
  • A budget of up to £8,000 for consumables, equipment or eligible travel
  • A one-off payment of £2,000 for relocation expenses (including transportation and visa costs)

All proposals must be costed by the relevant RSS hub and must comply with all the usual approval processes. Only direct costs are eligible under this grant.  Directly allocated staff time and overheads are not recoverable. Direct costs are recoverable at 100% FEC.

Proposal Requirements
Proposals should be submitted by the UoM host academic and should include a case for support of up to 3 sides of A4, the researcher’s 2-page CV, a max one-page ODA compliance statement and a fEC budget.  The case for support should comprise a clearly defined and mutually beneficial research proposal and training plan agreed between both parties.

An end of grant report will be requested following completion of the Fellowship

Applications to all schemes should be submitted to no later than 31st July 2019.