12 Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research Abroad

Aug 18, 2017 • Views 3,200

You’ve just earned your doctorate, and now you’re ready for the next step in your academic career. Interested in gaining a new cultural perspective down under while conducting postdoctoral research in Australia? Itching to immerse yourself in a Norwegian academic community? Ready to establish your scientific career in the United Kingdom? There are many unique funding opportunities for early career postdoctoral researchers at universities and institutions around the globe. Check out these exciting fellowships that provide financial support for research abroad. Click the links below to bookmark these fellowships to your ProFellow account!

Anne McLaren Fellowships

Applications are invited for The University of Nottingham Anne McLaren Fellowships, which are targeted at exceptional female scientists and engineers who are typically under-represented in these subjects, and wish to establish a research career in the UK. The Fellowships are offered in a range of academic units at the University of Nottingham and provide a recognized first step into an independent research career. Each fellowship offers 3 years independent funding to conduct research while based at the University of Nottingham campuses in the UK, China, or Malaysia.

BAEF Study and Research Fellowships in Belgium

The Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced study or research during one academic year, at a Belgian University or institution of higher learning. The B.A.E.F. will award up to ten fellowships as outright non-renewable grants carrying a stipend of $27,000 for Master’s or Ph.D. students and $32,000 for Post-doctoral Fellows. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Applicants must either be registered in a graduate program towards a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the U.S., or register in a graduate program in Belgium (Master’s or PhD) in Belgium, or hold a Master’s, Ph.D., or equivalent degree.

Freigeist Fellowships

The ‘Freigeist’ initiative is a highly flexible funding scheme junior researchers are given the opportunity to enjoy maximum freedom in their early scientific career. The ‘Freigeist’ scheme is deliberately left open to all disciplines and topics. The main focus is on junior researchers (up to 4 years of postdoctoral experience) working at the borders of neighbouring fields or disciplines. The ‘Freigeist’ initiative offers freedom for creative thinking, whilst at the same time providing security for at least 5 years and in the long run the opportunity to establish a career within a scientific research organization or university in Germany.

Fulbright Global Scholar Award

The Fulbright Global Scholar Award allows U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years. Projects are welcome in all disciplines, as well as those with an interdisciplinary focus. Minimum length of the total grant is 3 months and the maximum is 6 months.

Fulbright Schuman Innovation Grants

The Innovation Grants are designed to support work that can create better transatlantic understanding of issues at the heart of the U.S.-EU relationship, particularly at the intersection of policy and technology. The 2017-18 Innovation Grants will give preference to proposals focused on EU or U.S.-EU approaches to the issues of data privacy and protection. Successful proposals should address the technological and policy aspects of data privacy and protection. Grants of 2-3,000 Euro/month, plus travel allowances, are available for U.S. and EU students and scholars (PhD or 5+ years of work experience).

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellowships

HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a foreign country. Fellows may choose to stay for up to three years in the host country or use the last year of their fellowship to return to their home country or to move to another HFSPO member country. The program offers Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline and Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) for applicants with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences), who have had limited exposure to biology during their previous training.

JSPS Summer Program

The program is offered to young pre- and postdoctoral researchers from the US, the UK, France, Germany and Canada. Held over a 2-month period in the summer, the program provides the participants with an orientation in Japanese language and culture and an opportunity to do cooperative research at a Japanese university or research institute. The program includes International travel (round-trip airfare), a maintenance allowance (534,000 yen) and accommodation. Applicants must be nominated by the official authority in their county – see website.

Leibniz-DAAD Fellowship Program

Launched in 2011, the Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship offers highly-qualified recent foreign postdocs the opportunity to conduct special research at institutes of the Leibniz Association in Germany. Fellows can do their research at one of the Leibniz-Institutes which are covered in the following (five) sections: Humanities and Educational Research; Economics, Social and Spatial Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Engineering; and Environmental Research. Grants for postdocs can be awarded for up to a maximum of 12 months.

Newton International Fellowships

The Newton International Fellowship selects the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world, and offers support for two years at UK research institutions. It is for researchers in the fields of physical, natural and social sciences and the humanities. They provide grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years following the completion of the Fellowship.

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows you to spend 5 years establishing a research group and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of your own choice at a research institution in Germany. Scientists and scholars from all disciplines may apply. Submit an application if you are a successful top-rank junior researcher from abroad, only completed your doctorate with distinction in the last six years, and have published work in prestigious international journals or publishing houses. The award winner is entitled to the award funds of up to 1.65 million EUR.

USA to Australia Fellowship Program

The Association awards fellowships each year at the graduate (Masters, PhD or post-doctoral) level of up to $40,000 USD for US scholars undertaking advanced research or study in Australia. Fellowships are available for Americans who will benefit from doing research or study in the fields of life sciences, medicine, engineering or mining. There is particular interest in the fields of oceanography/marine sciences & stem cell research. Applicants must make their own arrangements for university affiliation and have a confirmed placement by the time the Fellowship is awarded. Applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents doing research or study at the graduate level. Applicants may already be in Australia.

Wallenberg Academy Fellows

The purpose of the Wallenberg Academy Fellows program in Sweden is to give young researchers working conditions that enables them to focus on research and tackle difficult, long-term research questions. The program addresses young researchers in medicine, natural sciences, engineering and technology, humanities and social sciences. Swedish universities are invited to nominate candidates for the program. The Swedish Academies will evaluate and select the most promising researchers and the universities will then take long-term responsibility for these individuals. Fellows will receive grants for 5 years of SEK 1,000,000 – 2,000,000/year.

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