Call for applications
The University of Leeds has been awarded a grant of £1m over 2 years duration from the Wellcome Trust ISSF to support biomedical and related research.
This has been matched by an equal investment by the University.
A major component of this funding is intended to support early-stage researchers in order to enable them to realise their potential and position themselves to compete for external Fellowship applications. We therefore seek to identify Fellowship candidates at either the last stages of their PhD work, or after one or two post-doctoral positions, dependent on the type of Fellowship envisioned.
These awards will cover both salary costs and a contribution towards consumables – the latter would be aligned to the needs of the proposed work. Flexibility will be paramount, but we envisage that for successful Medical Humanities applicants these awards would normally be for 3-6 months in the first instance, up to a maximum value of £25,000. Applicants should, wherever possible, be working in a Wellcome Trust research area (see http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/index.htm for details).
Awards are available immediately, or may be taken up at any stage, dependent on your current funding position. The scheme is open to applicants from outside Leeds who wish to work at the University, and Leeds-based scholars planning to apply for fellowships to move elsewhere. The fellows will be based at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute but work, as appropriate, with Medical Humanities colleagues across the University and especially with the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities.
We invite interested applicants to provide the following information on the proforma provided below:
- A short description of research plans (500 words max)
- Intended Fellowship application(s) and proposed location
- Does the research fit within the University of Leeds’ Medical Humanities research strengths (if the applicant is planning on remaining in Leeds)?
- Basic biographical details (education, employment, current position with funding and dates)
- Publications to date
- Other academic achievements (eg. grants/conference presentations)
The completed proforma should not exceed 2 pages.
The deadline for the first round of applications is 1st December 2014, and we intend to make decisions on the first stage of funding before Christmas.
Thereafter, to ensure that the scheme is responsive to the often restricted timescales of external fellowships, there will be no further specific deadlines for applications. Instead these will be considered on an ad hoc basis, and we will endeavour to make decisions on funding within a month of receiving the application. The assessment process will firstly involve consideration of applications by a subset of the ISSF Steering Committee. Following this, shortlisted applicants will be invited to meet with members of the Committee in Leeds to discuss their plans and requirements, prior to a funding decision. The decision will be made with reference to the following criteria:
For informal enquiries or advice about your eligibility for the scheme, please contact Prof. Stuart Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The completed proforma should be emailed to Clare Skinner in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Research Office (email@example.com) by 1st December 2014.