The University of Warwick is one of the leading universities in the UK and was ranked 7th in the UK in the recent Research Excellence Framework and 51st in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings 2017.

WIRL-COFUND aims to create a group of innovative highly-skilled researchers, who will engage across disciplines and sectors to become the future leaders in their fields.

Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue research. The programme aims to help postdoctoral researchers at an early stage in their research career to develop an independent research profile and establish themselves as a future research leader.

Available Subject: WIRL-COFUND fellows will be expected to undertake research in an area that is linked to one of the Warwick Global Research Priorities.

Scholarship Benefits: Employment package including research resources:

  • 24-months, full-time employment contract to deliver research outputs, participate in leadership training programme and undertake a period of secondment. It is anticipated that 24-months are required, however, applicants are invited to make a case for a shorter fellowship term if appropriate or can for participation on a part-time basis if required;
  • Basic Salary £30,500 per annum – this is subject to employee tax, national insurance and pension deductions at national rates; Benefits including annual leave, maternity/paternity leave, pension provision, and social security as applied in the UK;
  • Relocation expenses up to £1,700;
  • Personal research budget £1,000 per annum (for consumables, conference attendance);
  • Workshop budget £1,000 (for organization of networking, outreach and research events);
  • Secondment budget up to £3,000 (to cover travel and subsistence during the secondment)

Number of Scholarships: The IAS will offer up to 30 WIRL-COFUND Fellowships over the period 2017-2022. Each individual fellowship will be a fixed-term non-renewable 24-month contract. Up to 8 fellowships will be available in the 2017 call for applicants. The starting date for fellowships in the 2017 call is September 2018.

Eligibility Criteria:

The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • The fellowship applicant must demonstrate transnational mobility and, on 2nd May 2018, must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work/study etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years prior to this deadline.
  • Applicants must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years full-time equivalent research experience.
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria will not be eligible to apply for a WIRL-COFUND Fellowship

Fellowships are open to applicants of any discipline who are able to demonstrate the ability to apply or extend their knowledge beyond disciplinary specialisms and propose a comprehensive and innovative research project that aligns with at least one of Warwick’s cross-faculty GRPs. Each GRP is interdisciplinary in nature and therefore open to contributions from researchers of any faculty/disciplinary field. Fellowships are also suitable to those wishing to pursue discipline hopping research.

The WIRL-COFUND Fellowships are primarily aimed at post-doctoral researchers in the early stages of their career who wish to establish an independent career by developing their own research ideas.

The following criteria are essential in order to be considered for a fellowship award:

  • Applicants should have a track record of producing research outputs such as peer-reviewed publications in which they have played a significant role, conference & research presentations and contributions to symposia and compiled volumes;
  • Applicants may be of any nationality but must be fluent in English (both written and spoken. For further guidance on English language tests for UK visas please see here);
  • Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply but applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline given above. All successful candidates will need to the right to work in the United Kingdom and, where necessary, have the appropriate visa before taking up the fellowships;
  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a research career and show how they will use the fellowship advance this aim.

Eligible Nationalities: Applicants may be of any nationality.

Method of Application:

Applications must comply with the following rules;

  • Applications can only be submitted through the University of Warwick Job Search System. Applications will not be accepted by any other means.
  • All applications must conform to the specifications laid out below. Applicants should pay particular attention to the documents which can be uploaded as part of the applications (CV, Supporting Documents). Applications which do not conform to the requirements specified will be disqualified.
  • Applicants should complete the Supporting Documents Template (available on the WIRL-COFUND website). If any alterations or modifications to this template are made the application will be disqualified. 4. All applications should be in English. 5. No modifications or alterations to the application will be permitted after submission.

Scholarship Application Deadline: November 31, 2017. The online application system will close at 23:59 (UK time) on the day of the deadline after which submission will not be possible. Applicants are strongly advised to submit well in advance of this deadline.

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