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Professorship for Public Engagement in Science

This scheme is for a well-established scientist with exceptional scientific communication skills and media experience to support the Society’s public engagement work.

This scheme is closed to applications. Currently, no further rounds are planned.

The Professorship will be awarded to an exceptional candidate that will be able to:

  • Contribute to a greater public understanding of science and the importance of experiment, evidence and understanding uncertainty;
  • Increase public understanding of scientific issues which inform policy debates on important issues;
  • Engage with the public to strengthen the case for increased support for science;
  • Stimulate greater public interest and enthusiasm for science;
  • Help to shape and support the Royal Society’s public engagement activities.

Am I eligible to apply?

Applicants must hold a permanent post at a UK university or not-for-profit institution.

Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

What is the scheme’s value and tenure?

The appointment will be for five years in the first instance with the opportunity to renew the professorship for a further five years.

The maximum amount of time that the Society expects the successful candidate to commit to the Professorship is 50%. Therefore, the Society will provide a contribution to the salary of the successful candidate on a pro-rata basis depending on the time committed to the Society.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s electronic grant application system. Applications will be assessed by a sub-committee of the Royal Society’s Council and a shortlist will be drawn up and discussed at a meeting of the selection panel.

Further details about the award, including information on how to apply, can be found in the scheme notes.