Wellcome Trust-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2015  


Wellcome Trust-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowships , and applications are submitted till 24 November 2014. Applications are invited for Wellcome Trust-MIT postdoctoral fellowships  to gain experience of research  at the interfaces between biology/medicine and mathematics, engineering, computer, physical or chemical sciences. Applicants of European Economic Area are eligible for this postdoctoral fellowship. Applicants must have a background in the field of biology or medicine or chemistry or physics. The fellowship is for four years full-time, with the fellow based at MIT for two to three years (Phase 1) before returning to a host institution in the UK for the remainder of the award (Phase 2). Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): | UK and USA

Level: Postdoctoral scientists to undertake research firstly at MIT and then at a UK institution.


Field(s): Fellowships are awarded to gain experience of research at the interfaces between biology/medicine and mathematics, engineering, computer, physical or chemical sciences.

Deadline: 24 November 2014

Funded By: Wellcome Trust

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Wellcome Trust-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowships are targeted for Students of Following Countries: These awards are open to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and UK. NB while Switzerland is not in the EEA, Swiss nationals have the same rights as EEA nationals).


Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

‣ Award No: Not Specified

Scholarship Duration: The fellowship is for four years full-time, with the fellow based at MIT for two to three years (Phase 1) before returning to a host institution in the UK for the remainder of the award (Phase 2). Applicants are not expected to have made definitive arrangements for their return to the UK at the time of their initial application; the Trust acknowledges that any current plan may well be subject to change.

Scholarship covers: -For Phase 1, the Wellcome Trust will provide a stipend, at a level to be determined by your MIT faculty sponsor(s), and additional support to cover miscellaneous expenses including travel, health insurance and small items of equipment. The MIT faculty sponsor(s) will meet all research costs.
-For Phase 2, the Wellcome Trust will consider providing an appropriate salary for the fellow, research expenses (to cover materials and consumables, animals, if justified, and modest equipment) for the one- to two-year period back in the UK. The award of funds for the return to the UK (Phase 2) will be dependent on submission of a competitive application for continuation of the project at a UK host institution, which will be subject to peer review and possible interview.
The fellow may request the postponement of the return to the UK for up to three years (with funding for this period provided by another source). If the Wellcome Trust agrees to the postponement of the return to the UK, an application form as detailed above will be required for approval before funds for the postponed Phase 2 are awarded.

Description

This Wellcome Trust-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme offers opportunities for postdoctoral scientists to undertake research at the interfaces between biology/medicine and mathematics, engineering, computer, physical or chemical sciences, firstly at MIT and then at a UK institution.

Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to propose a personal interdisciplinary training programme to achieve their research aims.

The aim  of Wellcome Trust-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowships are to support those who will train in a new research area that is complementary to, but distinct from, their current field of expertise, to enable an interdisciplinary approach to their research question – e.g. you might be a physicist wanting to work on a biology-based programme, or a biologist wanting to undertake a bio-engineering project.

Eligibility

‣ These Wellcome Trust-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area.

‣ If you have already spent a year or more training or working in an academic or research institution in the United States, you are not eligible to apply to this scheme.

‣ The student should be about to submit their doctoral thesis or have up to, but no more than, three years’ postdoctoral experience from date of your PhD viva to the deadline for applications to the scheme.

‣ Time spent outside the research environment will be taken into consideration.

‣ You may have a background in any appropriate field of study (e.g. biology or medicine or chemistry or physics) but you must propose to address an important biomedical research question.

Selection Criteria for Wellcome Trust-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowships

‣ Awards will be conditional upon a satisfactory performance at interview.

‣ Reviewers typically assess:
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  • your track record
-the importance of the research question
-the interdisciplinary training component (such as, will a biologist be gaining experience in technologies and/or approaches that are not typically used in biomedical research or will a physicist, for example, be conducting research in a biomedical context?)
  • your choice of appropriate research sponsors
-the feasibility of the approach
  • your vision of how the fellowship will contribute to your career development
  • your longer-term aspirations.

Notification:

‣ You will be notified in writing of your success, or otherwise, in reaching the next round of the competition.

‣ Decisions will not be available by telephone. Shortlisted candidates will be notified two weeks before the interview date. Interviews will be conducted at our offices in London.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Applicants must complete and submit an application using our web-based application system, eGrants, by the closing date

‣ Scholarship Applications are due on 24 November 2014 (5pm).

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.



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