Department of Political Science


BA Newton International Fellowship Scheme

4 February 2019

The Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy at UCL is now welcoming applications for the Newton International Fellowship Scheme. The scheme provides the opportunity for the best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years, with possible start date between 1st October 2019-31st March 2020. 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. 
ba Newton International Fellowship Scheme

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. Key eligibility points:

  • PhD, or will have a PhD by the time the funding starts
  • 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 scientist (Co-Applicant)

It is essential that any potential candidate identifies and collaborates closely with the ‘UK host scientist’/Co-applicant within the Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy as soon as possible. Please find a list of academics here.

Candidates are requested to send the following to Lisa Vanhala (l.vanhala@ucl.ac.uk) and Monica Burgess (monica.burgess@ucl.ac.uk) by 9am on 22nd February 2019:

  • Proposed start and end date
  • Reasons for the choice of Host Institution
  • Chosen UK host scientist/Co-applicant
  • Abstract (maximum 400 words):

Please provide a scientific summary of your proposed project. This should be a summary of your research proposal, briefly outlining the background and summarising the aims of your project. 

  • Research proposal (Maximum 1500 words): Your research proposal should provide a general description of the proposed research to be carried out. This should include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • clear specification of the context and research objectives of the 
    • proposed study.
    • description of the methodology to be used
    • indication of milestones/timescales
  • CV

The department will communicate their selection to candidates the week of 25th February. The selected candidates will then work on their application and budget with Monica Burgess to submit to the funder by 27th March 2019.