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Blavatnik Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

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

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

02/04/19 23:59 Israel Time


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Fellowships with a stipend of £30,600 to Israel postdoctoral scholars to carry out scientific research at a prestigious UK university. Funding is intended for Israeli scholars undertaking their first postdoctoral fellowship abroad in the fields of physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences.

The Blavatnik Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme enables Israeli scientists of outstanding ability to pursue their research at the University of Cambridge, while fostering a scholarly exchange and greater understanding between researchers in Britain and in Israel.

Fellows will be asked to:
- 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;
- To 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 £30,600. 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. Fellowships are expected to begin in October 2019.

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
- Only applications that have been jointly endorsed by heads of departments in both the applicant’s home and host institutions will be considered
- Individuals may submit only one application at a time. Multiple applications from laboratories / departments / institutions are acceptable.

Pre-Application Information:

- Launch of Call for proposals: December 21, 2018
- Deadline for applications: February 4, 2019, 23:59 Israel time
- Responses on applications: February 22, 2019 (Date is provisional)
- Fellowships begin: September 2019

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

The selected Blavatnik fellows will be invited to take part in the Blavatnik Science Awards ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on March 6, 2019. Expenses for the visit will be covered.

Contact Information:

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

For inquiries, email, Subject Line: Fellowships 2019.

Applicants must complete the application form in English and send to by the deadline, together with all supporting documents.

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