Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarships 2016-17

By May.17, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship scheme 2016-17 is now open for applications.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship is a one year scheme that offers focussed support to promising early career researchers across the university. All scholars will become members of a network that will meet on a regular basis to discuss research ideas and share expertise. These meetings will offer scholars the opportunity to discuss new developments in their research area. Furthermore, a tailored training programme and a dedicated support for bid writing activities will be provided.

In addition to membership of the network, the scheme involves support from various directions:

  • A one year scholarship with a bursary of £1,000 to meet research expenses
  • A minimum of 20% workload allocation for research over the award period
  • Full membership of a Research Centre
  • Mentor support underpinned by an explicit Learning Agreement
  • A training programme

By the end of the scholarship all award-holders will be expected to be in a position to submit a research bid to an external funding body  through a competitive call for proposals.

You will submit an end of award report and at the end of the year three scholars who have shown outstanding potential will be awarded a further £1,000 to develop their research profile.


The main eligibility criteria for this scheme is that candidates should demonstrate outstanding research potential and can develop a research bid to a key funder (with an indicative value of £50k or above) at the end of the Scholarship.  Eligibility to be deemed an early career researcher will be determined by when you were awarded your PhD and/or your post-doctoral research experience (defined here as within 4 years) or by your eligibility to apply for either a relevant UK Research Council or other external funding body as an Early Career Researcher.

Please contact a member of the R&E Development Team if you need any advice on this.

How to Apply

Before applying you will need to identify an academic mentor in your subject area who is suitably experienced and willing to take on this role. In the first instance, please contact your Research Centre Director or Associate Dean of Research who will be able to advise you further.

Download the application form.

The deadline for applications is 17 June 2016. Successful candidates will commence their scholarships on 1 August 2016.


For further information and advice about applying, please contact your Research Centre Director or Deborah Woodman in Research & Enterprise.

The application form will also be available shortly via the R&E Development Team’s Internal Funding Support pages.

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