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Newton International Fellowships

Call for expressions of interest

The Newton International Fellowship Scheme is designed to select the very best early career postdoctoral researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at UK research institutions for two years. Funded by the British Academy, Newton International Fellowships aim:

  • To support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years.
  • To ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world are supported in the UK.
  • To foster long-term relations between Newton International Fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni programme for former Fellows of this Scheme. The alumni programme includes the possible provision of further funding for Newton International Fellows for follow-on activities, to enable links with UK-based researchers to be maintained and developed.

The Fellowship is for two years, starting between January and June 2022. The Fellowship provides a stipend of up to £24,000 per annum (tax exempt) for subsistence costs, alongside £8,000 per annum for consumables and up to £3,500 for relocation costs.

For full details and further guidance please consult the British Academy website.

Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) at the London School of Economics and Political Science welcomes expressions of interest by post-doctoral candidates who wish to apply for the Newton International Fellowship to be hosted at SEAC. The fellow is expected to proactively contribute to the academic life of SEAC, which includes, but not limited to, delivering a talk, organising a workshop and producing working papers.

Selection Process at SEAC (2022 Scheme)

Interested candidates are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to SEAC (seac.admin@lse.ac.uk) by Monday 24 May 2021, with the following:

Please ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria set out by the British Academy. Applicants should have no more than seven years active full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application, including teaching experience, time spent in industry on research, honorary positions and/or visiting researcher positions. Additionally, applicants should be working outside the UK and should not hold UK citizenship at the time of application.

All eligible Expression of Interests will be carefully reviewed by SEAC, and successful applicant(s) will be informed by 1 June 2021. Successful applicant(s) are to receive further support from SEAC, and LSE's Research Division to develop and enhance their application before submission.

Potential applicants who wish to make enquiries to SEAC should contact the SEAC Director, Prof John Sidel (j.t.sidel@lse.ac.uk).