MMU Research and Knowledge Exchange Blog

Funding opportunities, news and guidance from RKE at Manchester Metropolitan University

Leave a comment

Royal Academy of Engineering/Government Office for Science Fellowships

UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The Government Office for Science is offering UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community. Members of the IC identify research topics and Postdocs work locally with University Research Advisors to develop and submit research proposals that align with the topics.

The research is conducted by the Postdocs while working in partnership with the University Research Advisor, and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence community (IC Advisor).

The Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers from all branches of science and engineering who have been awarded their PhD no more than five years prior to the submission deadline. PhD students are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn. The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Monday 10 April 2017. Fellowships are funded at 80% of full Economic Cost. The maximum grant is £100,000.

For more information on the proposed topics and to apply, please visit the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Leave a comment

Do you know an outstanding overseas early career researcher who could be hosted here for 2 years?


The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.

The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Newton International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by the British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal Society.


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. 

Eligibility Requirements

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.

– 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.

Value and Duration

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 £2,000 for relocation expenses. Awards include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the total award to the visiting researcher.

Newton Fund

Additional Fellowships will be supported through the Newton Fund, specifically for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries. This new initiative aims to develop long-term sustainable growth and welfare of partner countries through building research and innovation capacity, and forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance commitment. Newton Fund countries (for applications in the humanities and social sciences) include Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.

Application Process

Application form and scheme notes available from January 2017
Applicant deadline 15 March 2017
Referee deadline 22 March 2017
Results announced in September 2017
Awards available for start date 1 October 2017 – 31 March 2018

Please contact your Research Development Manager if interested

Leave a comment


SocialFBThe Independent Social Research Foundation invites applications for its political economy research fellowships. These support researchers working in political economy, which includes the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences. The work would be conceptually innovative, interdisciplinary and unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies.

Applicants of any nationality from a European institution may apply. Candidates will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research.

Grants of up to £60,000 over 12 months are available to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and administration in the applicant’s home institution, as well as reasonable support for research expenses on a matched-funding basis.

Deadline for application: 16 September.

For more information, please visit ISRF.

Leave a comment

Horizon 2020 – Individual Fellowships Information Session – 26th May, Manchester Met


A reminder about our information session for those of you interested in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions’ Individual Fellowships (deadline 14 September 2016).

As you might remember from our previous post, the scheme offers an opportunity for researchers to come to Manchester Met for a fellowship of up to 24 months in any research discipline.

The session will give an overview of the scheme and some pointers on how to approach your applications. In addition, Prof Jon Stobart (Department of History, HLSS) will share his thoughts on what it takes to develop a winning proposal based on his experiences with the HAHPEC project (Ed – you can find out about the work that Jon and his colleague Dr Cristina Prytz (MSCA Fellow) are doing on HAHPEC here).

2pm – 4pm Thursday 26th May 2016

Business School Room 3.11, All Saints Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and you can register HERE.

If you have any issues with registration or any questions about the event please don’t hesitate to get in touch (

Leave a comment

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships

Sara Roby Fellowship

This residential fellowship, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, supports a scholar whose research topic is in American realism.

Fellowships are available for postdoctoral and senior positions.

Deadline: 01 Dec 16

Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellowship

This residential, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, fellowship supports research in American art and visual culture.

Fellowships are available for postdoctoral and senior positions.

Deadline: 01 Dec 16

For more information, please click here.

For support on your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

Leave a comment

A Feast of Fellowships

Check out these fellowships on other in a variety of disciplines.

Harvard University US-Japan programme postdoctoral fellowships

These enable postdoctoral researchers to study on issues of US-Japan relations, Japan’s relations with other countries and domestic issues that bear on Japan’s international behaviour. Applications may address fields such as anthropology, economics, history, law, political science, public health and sociology.

The deadline for applications is 15 Jan 16.

Stanford University Fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation

These enable applicants from academia and the world of public policy, or mid-career professionals in the law, the military, government or international organisations to engage in research and writing, participate in seminars and collaborate with faculty and researchers.

The deadline for applications is 15 Jan 16.

British School at Rome Giles Worsley Rome fellowship

This enables an architect or architectural historian to spend three months in Rome studying an architectural topic of their choice, experience the reality of influential Italian buildings and carry out research in and around the city, while benefiting from the collegiate life of the BSR.

The deadline for applications is 17 Feb 16.

Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund Intermediate research fellowships

These aim to facilitate the careers of biomedical scientists by allowing them to gain experience in an international centre of excellence prior to establishing an independent research group of their own. Research should address one or more questions relating to the epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis or treatment of leukaemia, or a closely allied malignancy.

The deadline for applications is 14 Apr 16.

For support during your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

Leave a comment

Henry Moore Institute visiting research fellowships

The Henry Moore Foundation invites applications for research fellowships at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

These enable artists, scholars and curators working on historic and contemporary sculpture to access the institute’s resources, including the research library, the archive of sculptors’ papers and the Leeds Art Gallery collections.

The closing date for applications is 01 Mar 16.

For more information, visit:

For support during your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.