Royal Society Newton International Fellowship 2021/2022 for Early-stage Scientists

Royal Society Newton International Fellowship 2021/2022 for Early-stage Scientists

Deadline: June 16, 2021

Applications are open for the Royal Society Newton International Fellowship 2021/2022. The Newton International Fellowship Scheme was established in 2008 to select the very best early career postdoctoral researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at UK research institutions for two years. Newton International Fellowships are made available by the Royal Society and British Academy.

This scheme focuses on early career international researchers. The aims of this scheme are as follows:

  • 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.
  • To ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world are supported in the UK.
  • To foster long-term relations between Newton International Fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni program for former Fellows of this Scheme. The alumni program includes the possible provision of further funding for Newton International Fellows for follow-on activities, to enable links with UK-based researchers to be maintained and developed.


The Newton International Fellowships provide funding for two years, covering:

  • subsistence, at a fixed rate of £24,000 per annum
  • research expenses
  • relocation expenses
  • contribution to visa costs for Newton International Fellow and their dependents (partner and children)
  • contribution to overheads at UK Host Organisation


To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Have a PhD, or will have a PhD by the time the funding starts;
  • Have 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.


Applications for the humanities and social sciences should be made to the British Academy. If you are unsure about which academy to apply to, contact [email protected] 

Applications for the natural and physical sciences should be submitted through the Royal Society’s grants management system Flexi-Grant®.

For more information, visit Newton International Fellowship.