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This scheme is for excellent scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.
Dorothy Hodgkin OM FRS (1910-1994) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964 (copyright Godfrey Argent Studio).
This scheme offers holders the opportunity to:
The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a current need for flexible support due to personal circumstances at the time of application. This can include current parenting or caring responsibilities (such as raising children or looking after ageing or seriously ill family members), clinically diagnosed health issues or other personal circumstances that create a need for a flexible working pattern. Please contact the grants team if you would like clarification on whether you meet this eligibility requirement.
The applicant must also:
The European Economic Area (EEA) consists of the European Union (including the UK) plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.
The scheme provides funding to cover the applicant’s salary costs, estates costs and indirect costs for a maximum of 5 years. Under the full economic costing model, 80% of these costs will be met by the Royal Society. Research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter) will also be provided. The basic salary requested should be at a level commensurate with the applicant’s skills, responsibilities, expertise and experience, up to a maximum of £37,555. Please note this only relates to the Society’s contribution. Should the University wish to increase the salary of the researcher above what is outlined below, they are free to do so at their discretion, however any additional costs must be borne by the University.
No indexation should be applied to the salary; the Society will apply an annual inflationary increase to the salary of successful awards. The level of inflation applied will be determined by HM Treasury’s GDP deflator. This will be reviewed on an annual basis and the value of awards amended in line with increases or decreases in the GDP deflator
Applications will initially be reviewed and then shortlisted by members of Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship Selection Panels. Applicants will be notified if they have reached the short listing stage by March.The shortlisted proposals will be reviewed by three independent referees suggested by the panel members and successful applicants will be shortlisted for an interview. Applicants will be informed of the result of this stage in May and interviews will take place in early June.
The final decision is made at a meeting of the Panel in June, and applicants will be notified of the result in late June / early July.
Please note that interviews for the fellowships will be held at the Royal Society. Applicants are asked to keep the 1st week of June free. Only applicants that pass the other stages of assessment will be invited
This scheme is currently closed to applications.
Five Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships are offered each year. The success rate last year was 4%.
Read about researchers who have been awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship:
See all the case studies.
University Research FellowshipFor outstanding scientists in the UK at an early to mid-stage of their research career who have the potential to become leaders in their field.
Dorothy Hodgkin FellowshipFor excellent scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.
Sir Henry Dale FellowshipFor outstanding post-doctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.
Newton International Fellowship For non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.
We also provide the Education Research Fellowship for early-career academics in the UK researching physics and mathematics education and the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for early-career scientists in the UK who want to conduct research in Japan.
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If you have a question about this scheme, please first read the scheme notes which contain more information. If the answer is still not available, you can contact the grants team here.
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