Leading international researchers awarded fellowships in UK

06 December 2013

The sixth round of Newton International Fellowships has been awarded jointly by two of the UK’s national research academies – the British Academy and the Royal Society.


The Fellowships are part of a £29 million pound government initiative to ensure that the UK engages with the world’s most promising academics.

The Newton International Fellowships provide an opportunity for some of the most talented early career post-doctoral researchers working overseas to carry out world class research in UK institutions across all disciplines of humanities, engineering, and natural and social sciences. Fellows will receive support in the region of £100,000 each for a two year placement in the UK.

The latest group of successful applicants will be investigating topics ranging from the nature and scope of judicial activism in India, to novel bio-nanomaterials for defeating tuberculosis. They come from research institutes in around 20 different countries including India, Japan, Israel and the USA.

The full list of Newton International Fellowships for 2013 is as follows:

Dr Nadav Amdursky, Israeli - In vitro self-assembly of bacterial pilus as a novel conducting polymer material - hosted by Imperial College London

Dr Lora Angelova, American - Dynamic hydrogel - surface interactions: Applications in art conservation - hosted by University of Cambridge

Miss Paula Arribas Blazquez, Spanish - Metagenomics to study the unknown diversity of endogeic soil communities - hosted by Imperial College London

Dr Emma Carroll, New Zealander - Behaviour as a driver of connectivity in the marine environment - hosted by University of St Andrews

Dr Diana Cucos, Moldovan - Diplomatic Protection: A Distinctive Source of Human Rights Protection - hosted by University of Essex

Mr Sandipto Dasgupta, Indian - Can Judges Transform Society? Nature and Scope of Judicial Activism in India - hosted by King's College London

Dr Clara Fischer, Irish - The Politics of Shame: Containment, Gender and Embodiment - hosted by London School of Economics & Political Science

Dr Anthony Fisher, Australian - The Metaphysics of Samuel Alexander - hosted by University of Manchester

Mr Kurt Gron, American - Understanding Early Animal Husbandry in Southern Scandinavia: A Comparative Isotopic Approach - hosted by University of Durham

Mr Golan Gur, Israeli - Utopia and Memory in the Musical Culture of the German Democratic Republic - hosted by University of Cambridge

Mr Jukka-Pekka Heikkila, Finnish - Latent forms of entrepreneurship in East Asia - hosted by Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Arik Kar, Indian - The design of SnO2-based core-shell heterostructures for enhanced applications in photocatalysis - hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Pratap Kollu, Indian - Magnetic BioChip for next generation diagnostics - hosted by University of Cambridge

Mrs Ana Maria Llaurado, Spanish - A developmental model of written text quality in three different languages - hosted by Institute of Education, University of London

Dr Michal Malecki, Polish - Function of cytoplasmic non-canonical RNA polymerases - hosted by University College London

Dr Michael McGowen, American - The adaptive basis of diversification in the cetaceans - hosted by Queen Mary University of London

Dr Mari Miyamoto, Japanese - Democracy and religion in contemporary Bhutan - hosted by School of Oriental and African Studies

Dr Jan Mol, Dutch - Quantum readout of an electron-spin-resonance transistor - hosted by University of Oxford

Dr Adam Monier, Australian - Did horizontal gene transfer 'rewire' ocean microbial metabolic networks? - hosted by University of Exeter

Dr Omar Nasim, Canadian - The Ornamental Mind - hosted by University of Oxford

Dr Terri Ochiagha, Spanish - E.H.Duckworth, the Making of Nigeria Magazine and the Nationalist Press, 1933-53 - hosted by University of Sussex

Dr Sirin Odrowski, German - Atmospheric neutrino oscillations with IceCube/DeepCore and PINGU - hosted by University of Manchester

Dr Tatsuma Padoan, Italian - The Lucky Gods of Tokyo: Religious and Spatial Politics of a Contemporary Urban Pilgrimage - hosted by School of Oriental and African Studies

Dr Gyongyi Pergerne Klupp, Hungarian - Towards a new generation of molecular superconductors at unprecedented high Tc - hosted by University of Durham

Dr Rafael Pineda Reyes, Spanish - Kisspeptin neurones; linking reproduction with behaviour.- hosted by University of Edinburgh

Dr Eilon Poem, Israeli - All Solid-State Multi-Photon Generation and Quantum Manipulation at Room Temperature - hosted by University of Oxford

Dr Loris Rizzello, Italian - Novel bio-nanomaterials for defeating tuberculosis - hosted by University College London

Mr David Rossouw, Australian - 4D electron microscopy at the nanoscale - hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Snigdha Roy, Indian - Investigating Ni-Catalysed Benzannulation Approaches to Heteroaromatic Boronic Acid Derivatives - hosted by University of Sheffield

Mr Mainak Sadhukhan, Indian - Development and application of the embedded many-body expansion for molecular clusters - hosted by University of Bristol

Dr Sankarasekaran Shanmugaraju, Indian - Self-assembled Luminescent Coordination Capsules and Study of Their Optoelectronic Properties - hosted by University of Edinburgh

Mr Takao Sasaki, Japanese - From individual cognition to collective intelligence - hosted by University of Oxford

Dr Vijay Singh, Indian - Design for a fountain of YbF molecules to measure the electron's electric dipole moment - hosted by Imperial College London

Dr Sungho Tak, South Korean - Dynamic Causal Modelling for Near-Infrared Spectroscopy - hosted by University College London

Dr Biense Wielstra, Dutch - The genomic architecture of a moving hybrid zone - hosted by University of Sheffield

Ms Alice Zocchi, Italian - Unique signatures of intermediate-mass black holes in globular clusters - hosted by University of Surrey

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