Early Career STEM Researcher Grants Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships 2020 [Apply by 14 Nov]

Early Career Researcher Grants - Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships 2020

About Fellowship

 The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship (DHF) scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists and engineers who have a current need for flexible support (i.e. need to work part-time). Depending on their level of experience, successful applicants may be strong candidates for permanent posts in institutions at the end of their fellowships. Early Career Researcher Grants

Research/Job Area

 STEM Natural sciences- biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics




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.

You can apply for this scheme if you:

  • are ready to take the next steps to develop your independent research career; you must take the leading role in the project
  • are in the early stages of your research career having up to six years of research experience since your PhD by the closing date of the round. This does not include any career breaks or part-time working – refer to the scheme notes for further details
  • do not hold a permanent post in a university or not-for-profit organisation
  • The Scheme is open to applicants of all nationalities

Fellowship description 

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
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This fellowship is highly flexible to accommodate for part-time working, sabbaticals and secondments. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, adoptive or extended sick leave.

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.

The scheme provides funding for five years, covering:

  • Research Fellow’s salary
  • Research expenses
  • Research assistance:
    • 80% of full economic cost of a postdoctoral research assistant, including salary costs, indirect and directly allocated costs, and estate costs
    • Contribution to a four-year PhD studentship
    • Equipment costs
    • Support for public engagement and professional 

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted through the Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant®. 

Your application will go through the process detailed on the Making a grant application page overseen by the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship Selection Panel. Your need for flexibility will only be viewed by the Society’s Grants team to check your eligibility for the scheme.

Panel members and independent reviewers will assess an application solely on the basis of scientific merit. 

Interviews will be held in early June at the Royal Society – you are advised to keep this period free. You will be notified of the result of the application process in late July.

Last Date for Apply– 14 November 2019


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