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2015 Applications now open for the L’Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science.

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

“The L’Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science were launched in January 2007. The Fellowships are awards offered by a partnership between L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society. From 2015, Five Fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers. Each worth £15,000 (equivalent € for candidates in Ireland), the Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university / research institute to support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.”

“The Fellowships have been designed to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields. For example, winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, travel costs or indeed whatever they may need to continue their research.”

“Another important part of the Fellowship programme is the support, training and networking opportunities that it provides. Fellows make valuable friendships and connections that can lead to interesting collaborations, publications and wider appreciation of their work.”

Applications close on Friday the 13th March 2015.

[Source Science and Technologies Facilities Council: ]

Being Human festival returns for second year

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Being Human, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, is back for another year and is now inviting applications from across the country for public event funding. The festival will once again bring together leading academics, artists, writers, filmmakers and others for eleven days of events in November to celebrate the richness and diversity of the humanities and their place in the national culture of the UK.”

“The festival, now in its second year, offers a vibrant mix of discussions, performances, talks and exhibits to uncover the breadth of research in the humanities. It will run from 12–22 November 2015 and is led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy (BA). In 2014, the festival involved over 50 universities and hosted more than 160 events across the country.”

“Academics stepped outside the classroom last year to share their work and engage with the public. From philosophers in pubs, historians in coffee houses, classicists on social media, linguists prowling town centres – Being Human demonstrated the wealth and variety of humanities research in some unusual locations. In 2015, the festival promises to take over even more venues across the UK.”

“Grants are now available to fund creative programming which engages the public with leading humanities research, including debates, performances, virtual activities and exhibitions. All UK universities and independent research organisations are invited to apply for these small grants to participate in the festival by holding their own public events and activities to showcase humanities research.”

[Source SAS news: ]

The EU is recruiting post-doc researchers

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

“If you are a scientist interested in supporting EU policies with your research, this is your chance. The JRC has just launched a call to recruit on fixed-term contracts. As the Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre provides the science for EU policy making, providing a unique opportunity to make your work count. Successful candidates will work in one of the JRC sites, located in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.”

“The selection is open to applicants from the EU Member States or from one of the countries associated with the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme [] who have a University degree or a doctoral diploma in one of the scientific fields listed in the call.”

“The selection process includes practical tests on the basis of which the successful candidates will be placed on a reserve list and can be called for an interview according to the needs of the services. The call is open until further notification.”

For further information go to:

[Source Heritage Portal: ]

Wellcome Trust research bursaries

Monday, February 9th, 2015

“We are delighted to announce a new Wellcome Trust Research Bursaries scheme.”

“This scheme is for small and medium-scale research projects based on library or archive collections supported by the Wellcome Trust. Projects must focus either on Wellcome Library holdings or on any collection supported by a previous Research Resources grant, but they need not be historically grounded.”

“These awards can support experienced researchers based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Applications may also be made from scholars based outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland who wish to carry out research on a collection supported by the Trust.”

“Awards are not limited to academic researchers. Applications may also be submitted by conservators, artists, performers, broadcasters, writers, public engagement practitioners and others working in the creative arts.”

More information on the scheme is available on the Wellcome Trust website:

[Source Wellcome Library website: ]

£4M boost for hearing research

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

“Charity Action on Hearing Loss and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) [have] announced that they will invest a much-needed £4M into hearing research.”

“This new funding will support 13 projects in total, investigating how the inner ear develops, and how it and our hearing changes as we get older. These investments will also go towards supporting research into treatments for tinnitus, identifying genetic causes of hearing loss and developing more accurate hearing tests.”

For further details go to the ‘lifecourse of the auditory system’ call page at:

[Source BBSRC news: ]

Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in a Developing Megacity Announcement of Opportunity: Research funding

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

“The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the UK (with input from the Newton Fund) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are investing in a strategic research programme on urban air pollution in the megacity Beijing and impacts on health. NERC, MRC and NSFC are inviting Expression of Interest applications for a call under this programme.”

“The programme is split into four themes:

  • sources and emissions of urban atmospheric pollution
  • processes affecting urban atmospheric pollution
  • exposure science and impacts on health
  • interventions and solutions.”

“All applications must be collaborations between UK and Chinese researchers. Applications to this call must be in English.”

“The closing date for applications: 8:00 (GMT) and 16:00 (CST) on Friday 6 March 2015.”

For further information go to:

[Source NERC news as above]

Is it time for you to join the Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

“Interested in becoming a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow? Find out what we’re looking for, and what makes this scheme different from the average academic fellowship. With the deadline for applications for the 2015 Engagement Fellowships coming up, Tom Ziessen from our Engaging Science team explains the scheme and answers some frequently asked questions…”

“At the Wellcome Trust, we’re not only interested in funding scientists and researchers to do science, we also want to encourage the public to explore health and wellbeing through the lens of scientific, historical and social research. We do this by funding public engagement projects (both directly and indirectly connected to research we fund), supporting the development of communities of artists, science communicators, researchers and others who deliver such projects and by directly delivering public engagement activity such as our exhibitions and events at the Wellcome Collection or our major education initiatives such as In The Zone.”

“We consider it important to connect and engage the public with the conversations around science and health. The Public Engagement Fellowship aims to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science. We want to support future leaders to make a step change in their careers – helping them bridge the gap to something new.”

To find out more go to:

[Source Wellcome Trust blog as above]

The Hub: Applications for 2016 residency now open

Monday, December 8th, 2014

“The Wellcome Trust is now accepting applications for a new group of residents for The Hub. Based in Wellcome Collection, The Hub provides a unique space and resource for an interdisciplinary group of researchers to work on an original project related to health, medicine or well-being.”

“Applications are open to groups of around four to six practitioners and researchers from across the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences, who wish to bring a multitude of perspectives to a project over the course of two academic years. Taking up residency in the autumn of 2016, the group will receive an allowance of up to £1million to develop or accelerate innovative work examining human health, and looking at ways of generating new insights, methodologies, interventions and forms of engagement.”

“The deadline for expressions of interest in the 2016 residency is Friday 1 May 2015.”

“The Wellcome Trust is holding two open afternoons on Tuesday 10 February and Wednesday 4 March 2015 for potential applicants to visit The Hub and find out more.”

[Source Wellcome Trust news: ]

Flexible working for researchers – The Royal Society-EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

“Research fellowships to help scientists and engineers work flexibly are now open for submissions. The awards last for five years and start in October 2015.”

“The Royal Society-EPSRC [Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council] Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships are designed for outstanding early-career researchers who need flexible working patterns due to personal circumstances such as parenting, caring responsibilities or health issues.”

“The application and peer review process is managed by the Royal Society, and EPSRC will meet the costs of up to five successful candidates.”

For more information and to apply go to:

[Source EPSRC news: ]

The Women of the First World War

Friday, March 21st, 2014

“To mark International Women’s Day, our guest blogger, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Jenny Abramsky, talks about how Lottery money is uncovering fascinating stories of women in the First World War.”

“Much has been said about how the First World War dramatically changed the fortunes of women both here in the UK and across the world. Perhaps the most high-profile is how the war directly led to the introduction of the vote for women over 30 in the UK in 1918. But what are less well known are the incredible experiences and contributions of women during the conflict not just at home, but also on the frontline.”

To read on go to:

[Source Department for Culture Media and Sport blog as above]

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