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Blavatnik Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Fellowships to Israel Postdoctoral Scholars
for Science and Engineering Research in the UK

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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British Council, Blavatnik Foundation, University of Cambridge, and British Embassy

Deadline Date:

10/22/17 22:00 GMT


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Fellowships to Israel postdoctoral scholars to carry out STEM research at a prestigious university in the UK. Applications are invited from Israeli scholars planning to undertake their first postdoctoral fellowship in the fields of physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences. The purpose of this program is to promote understanding and scholarly exchange between Israeli and British researchers.

The Blavatnik Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme enables Israeli scientists of outstanding ability to pursue their research at the University of Cambridge.

Responsibilities of Blavatnik Fellows

-All successful applicants must achieve the same exacting standards that would be met by any other postdoctoral Fellow appointed at the University of Cambridge
-Attend Blavatnik Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme events
-Participate in peer reviews, where relevant
-Promote the Blavatnik Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme Initiative and be available for press and media work
-Participate, as relevant, in the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Leadership Programme. Full details will
be provided to successful Fellows
-Complete an annual report.

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GrantWatch ID#: 175136

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellows will receive an annual stipend of £30,000. Additional funding of up to £6,000, to support direct research costs including bench fees, conference attendance and visa fees, will be available through the respective university departments.

Term of Contract:

Fellowships will be tenable for up to two years. Funding for the second year is subject to satisfactory undertaking of the Fellowship and subject to approval of the grant committee. Fellows are expected to begin their study at Cambridge in October 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
-Applicants must be Israeli citizens; individuals with dual citizenship are eligible
-Applicants need to be resident in Israel at the time of their application
-Candidates must have received their PhD from an Israeli university or other Higher Education Institution
-The fellowships must be the applicant’s first postdoc posting abroad;
-Candidates must have completed their PhD degree not more than five years before the date of application
-It is expected that applicants will have spent less than 12 months as a post-doc in Israel prior to starting their fellowships (however exceptions may be made)
-Applicants must be working in the field of life sciences, physical sciences and engineering;
-Applicants must hold a doctorate degree by the start of the fellowship; applicants may submit an application before completing their PhD studies, but the fellowship offer will be conditional on the successful attainment of their PhD
-The program will only consider applications that have been jointly endorsed by heads of departments in both the applicant’s home and host institutions
-Individuals may submit only one application at a time. Multiple applications from laboratories / departments / institutions are acceptable

The British Council is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of society.

Pre-Application Information:

Please ensure that support from both the home and host institutions has been obtained. Applications that are not validated and/or not received by the specified deadline will not be accepted.

Applicants must complete the online application form in English. Your host lab and referees will be required to complete a separate online form.

Two Reference submissions should be sent. One of the referees should be from the institution to which the applicant is affiliated.

-Launch of Call for proposals: July 10, 2017
-Deadline for applications: October 22, 2017, 22:00 GMT
-Responses on applications*: December 2017
-Fellowships begin: October 1, 2018

*Dates are provisional

Written confirmation letters will be sent to the chosen candidates during January 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online form for the Applicant:

Online form for the Host:

Online form for the Referee:

For inquiries, email, Subject Line: Fellowships 2018.

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