Newton International Fellowship

This scheme is for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.

Sir Isaac Newton FRS (1642-1727) Sir Isaac Newton FRS (1642-1727) was President of the Royal Society from 1723 until his death.

The scheme provides the opportunity for the best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years.

The scheme covers the broad range of the natural and social sciences and the humanities.

The scheme is jointly run by The British Academy and the Royal Society.

Eligibility requirements

The applicant must:

  • have a PhD, or will have a PhD by the time the funding starts
  • Applicants should 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

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes (PDF).

Value and tenure

Newton Fellowships last for two years. Funding consists of £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation expenses.

Awards include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the total award to the visiting researcher.

Applicants may also be eligible to receive up to £6,000 annually for up to ten years following the tenure of their Fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers.

Application process

Applications are initially reviewed by two members of the Newton International Fellowships panel and then shortlisted. The applications are then reviewed again by the panel and the final decision is made.

Private funding for Chinese nationals

The Sino-British Fellowship Trust and the K.C. Wong Foundation provide the Royal Society with funding to support 3 scientists who make applications within physical, natural sciences and engineering to the Newton International Fellowship scheme. The selected individuals must be Chinese nationals and be based in China at the time of application.

It is not possible to apply directly for this private funding. Instead, eligible candidates are selected from all the shortlisted Newton International Fellowship applications.

These private fellowships are for a continuous duration of 2 years. They do not include FEC or contribution to overheads nor the alumn i funding that Newton International Fellows may receive. The project has to be as outlined in the original application but is not branded as a Newton International Fellowship.

Applying for this scheme

This scheme is currently closed to applications.

Decisions announced: end of October 2014

About 40 Newton International Fellowships are offered each year. The success rate in 2013 was 8%.

Case studies for Newton Fellowships

Read about researchers who have been awarded a Newton Fellowship:

See all the case studies.

Early career schemes

University Research Fellowship
For 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 Fellowship
For outstanding 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 Fellowship
For 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.

See all the grant schemes.

Contact us

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.