Academic career

STEM placements in India for UK PhD students

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British Council India and India’s Department of Science and Technology are inviting applications for funding to support short-term PhD placements for UK students in India for 3-6 month placements.

This PhD programme is being run under the Newton-Bhabha Fund, a part of the Newton Fund. Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from UK PhD students studying STEM subjects – particularly those interested in:

  • Sustainable Cities and Rapid Urbanisation
  • Public Health and Well being
  • Energy Water Food Nexus

Application process

The application form can be found here.

Deadline for applying 31 July 2015
Notification to successful applicants 15 October 2015
Grant received by 15 December 2015
Placement period 3 to 6 months between January and October 2016

More information on the programme, who is eligible, what the scheme covers and how to apply can be found here.

Applying for research funding? Listen to the experts

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Securing research funding is always a fiercely competitive process.

Whilst there’s no changing the degree of competition, expert advice from reviewers and researchers can make a big difference to the quality of your application and may well increase your chances of success. The Guardian recently published a useful summary of top tips for funding applications to help you through the process. It’s definitely worth a look and provides a further reminder of the benefits of talking to others especially those in your field who have already successfully navigated their way through the process.

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Got a PhD in science? Now what?

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Really interesting article from a former academic in Australia, on transitioning out of academia. Don’t be put off by the word ‘science’ – having transitioned out of my social science career, I think there’s lots  that researchers in other disciplines can take away from the article.

Got a PhD in science? Now what? › Analysis and Opinion (ABC Science).

Looking for postdoc jobs – are you giving yourself a fighting chance?

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If you’re looking for a postdoc, you’ll need no reminder of the challenges ahead. Limited funding and increasing numbers of applicants makes for fierce competition. Faced with such a gloomy outlook, it’s easy to feel despondent about your chances. Thankfully, statistics rarely convey individual experience. Talk to those who’ve already made it and you’ll quickly learn that much can be done to improve your odds. The Guardian recently did some networking of it’s own and gathered some great tips for those looking for post doc jobs. Post doc

Advice from others is often one of the most helpful approaches to finding work yet many graduates struggle to reach the right people. Working in university research, you’re probably already working alongside (or nearby) those who’ve fought their way to where you want to be. Most people are happy to talk about their experience. Take advantage of your position, talk to those ‘in the know’, follow their advice and give yourself the best possible chance of success and while you’re working through their advice, maybe reading about others‘ six months on from the job hunt will reassure you it can be done.

Independent Research Fellowships

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From the John Innes Centre:JIC

Independent Research Fellowships

At the John Innes Centre, we are actively encouraging Independent Research Fellows to undertake their fellowships at JIC, where they can benefit from our outstanding facilities. Read the rest of this entry »

Andalucía Talent Hub fellowships

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research-studies_000The Andalusian Knowledge Agency (AAC) of The Regional Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment in Andalusia launches ANDALUCÍA TALENT HUB FELLOWSHIPS offering two-year fellowships, co-financed by the Marie Curie Program of the European Union, to experienced researchers.

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Things I wish I’d known before beginning my first fellowship application

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research-studies_000I am in the final year of my PhD and have just submitted my first application for post-doctoral fellowship funding. Why did I apply for a fellowship? Well, I have developed a desire to answer some rather specific research questions. As far as I know, there are no principal investigators out there looking to hire someone to do the work I want to do. So, to continue to work on the questions that I feel driven to answer, I must forge my own path. Read the rest of this entry »