The Centre for Medical Humanities would like to advise eligible researchers of funding schemes to support postdoctoral work in medical humanities. Please see below for details of the fellowships available and for information on how to apply. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Centre Co-Director Professor Jane Macnaughton to discuss research proposals in the first instance.
ADDISON WHEELER Fellowships (Durham University scheme)
Addison Wheeler Fellowships encourage ‘efforts for increased knowledge of people and their make-up so as to enable them to make better use of their life here on Earth’. Addressing this aspiration is one of the conditions of the Fellowships but it is intended to be interpreted broadly and should not be seen as restrictive. They are aimed at researchers of a high calibre, who have completed their PhD at the time of application and are at an early stage in their career. Fellows will pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration within academic researchers at Durham University. There are no residency or nationality restrictions. As a member of the Durham academic staff acts as host and Mentor for each Fellow, before applying, applicants MUST seek the agreement of a Durham academic to act as their host. The host will help them to refine their research proposal and ensure that the appropriate facilities for the conduct of the research project are available in the University. >> The 2013 round is expected to open in mid-October, with a deadline in the first week of December. Click here for more information (currently has details of the 2012 scheme)
COFUND: Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise, Junior Research Fellowships scheme
The JRF scheme is designed to attract the most talented researchers in Europe and beyond, and to build international networks of scholars with a common passion for today’s most important research challenges. The scheme is aimed at researchers with significant post-doctoral experience, but recent doctorands of exceptional ability and researchers who have followed non-traditional academic career paths (such as in public corporations, NGOs or industry) are also encouraged to apply. JRFs will pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration with academic researchers at Durham University. To be eligible, in line with the terms of funding set by Marie Curie, “researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account”. The reference date is 1 July 2014. A member of the Durham academic staff will act as host and Mentor for each Fellow. Before applying, applicants MUST seek the agreement of a Durham academic to act as their host. The host will help them to refine their research proposal and ensure that the appropriate facilities for the conduct of the research project are available in the University. >> The 2013 JRF round is expected to open in mid-October, with a deadline in the first week of December. Click here for more information.
WELLCOME TRUST Research Fellowships
This scheme supports individuals at all stages of their career not in established academic posts, wishing to undertake a period of research. Strong preference is given to applicants with a good prospect of achieving an academic career as a specialist in medical humanities. You are eligible to apply if you are a postdoctoral scholar not in a tenured or otherwise long-term established post (employment on a rolling contract is regarded as tantamount to holding an established post), wishing to carry out an extended period of research on a specific project. You will also be expected to have been awarded your PhD before you are eligible to apply. Applications from candidates who are still awaiting their viva by the time of the full application will not normally be accepted. Your application must be sponsored by an established and normally senior member of the department, unit or institute in the UK or Republic of Ireland in which the award is to be held. A preliminary application must be submitted before a full application is invited. >> The next preliminary application deadline is: 2 December 2013 (with a full application deadline of 3 February 2014). Click here for more information.
LEVERHULME TRUST Early Career Research Fellowships
Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and approximately 80 Fellowships will be available in 2014. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK. The University will have an internal selection process for this scheme. Recent emails about this scheme requested that potential applicants submit a short (2 page) CV now to the Geography Research Office. >> The 2014 round will open on Leverhulme’s website on 2 January 2014, with a funder deadline of 6 March 2014. Click here for more information.
ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme
The Future Research Leaders scheme aims to support outstanding early career researchers to carry out excellent research and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills. The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants will be for a maximum of three years. The scheme aims to enable outstanding early-career social scientists, in partnership with their host organisation, to acquire the skills set to become the future world leaders in their field and to fund excellent social science research projects. The scheme is intended to support researchers who are at any point in the four year eligibility period and encourages applicants who are currently completing or who are immediately post PhD. A proportion of the budget is ring-fenced to support proposals from those at the earlier stage in their career. The University has an internal selection process for this scheme. >> In 2013 the ESRC’s deadline for applications was 24 September. The 2014 scheme and deadline are to be confirmed but we are currently assuming that the scheme will be offered next year and that the ESRC’s deadline will be in mid to late September. Click here for more information about last year’s scheme.