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Early Career Research Fellowships
Tomorrow’s global research breakthroughs will arise from today’s early career researchers.
Will you help nurture the next generation of research fellows?
Promising researchers can struggle in their early careers: securing funding can be difficult when they have little post-doctoral experience and a limited publication record. More support is needed to recruit, support and retain talented researchers at this pivotal stage of their career.
In 2003, the University became one of the first institutions to establish a Fellowship programme for Early Career Researchers (ECRs). The University’s Research and Knowledge Transfer Board (RKTB) has two Fellowship schemes, recruiting at least eight exceptional Fellows each year. The University nurtures its Fellows; they are encouraged to develop their independence, with a view to securing permanent academic positions at the end of their Fellowship. The RKTB priority is to double the number of ECR Fellowships and strengthen current programmes by offering longer Fellowships (up to five years) or the opportunity to undertake some research overseas.
Anne McLaren Fellowships (Introduced in 2003)
Targets outstanding female ECRs in science, technology, engineering and medicine.
Nottingham Advance Research Fellowships Scheme (Introduced in 2009)
Targets outstanding ECRs in any academic discipline.
Our Early Career Research Fellowships promote growth of the research community and research into areas of global importance. To date, the University has recruited 17 Anne McLaren Fellows and 12 Nottingham Advantage Research Fellows, many of whom have subsequently secured highly-prestigious independent Fellowship funding, highlighting the success of these schemes in leveraging additional external funding. The world-changing research undertaken by these Fellows will continue to deliver global benefits.
What will your Impact be?
Your support for Early Career Research Fellowships will have a genuine impact on the careers of talented researchers and the delivery of world-leading research at the University to address global issues.
Our Early Career Research Fellowships demonstrate our faith in our talented young researchers and in their ability to carry out ground-breaking research. Our investment in young researchers at this pivotal point in their career will reap rewards for the University, the researcher, and global society as a whole.