• Funding opportunity
  • Scotland
  • 25 October 2021

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Fund deadline: October 25, 2021 12:00 pm

Fund value: Salary up to £55k plus research costs of £10k per year

Fund duration: 3-12 months

Funding area: Arts and Humanities, Career Development, Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM), Social Sciences

RSE Personal Research Fellowships provide eligible applicants with the opportunity to take between three to twelve months to focus on a research project of their choice. The award provides funding for the appointment of a temporary replacement to enable the awardee to take research leave, either in their own institution or elsewhere, whilst remaining in continuous employment with their present employer. In addition to funding the salary for the replacement member of staff (including on costs), this grant funds research costs for the awardee

Applicant eligibility

  • Applicants must be existing members of academic staff on open-ended or continuing contracts in a Higher Education Institution (HEI), Research Institution (RI) or Cultural Institution (CI) in Scotland.
  • Applicants on short or fixed-term contracts should ensure their contracts extend for at least 3 months after the end of the proposed project. Early Career Researchers (ECRs) on staged contracts to permanent lectureship positions are eligible for Research Fellowships but must be in contract for the duration of the award.
  • Awardees must not hold other paid appointments without the express permission of the RSE.
  • Upon appointment, awardees will be required to devote themselves full time to the research project specified in the application form. Allowance will be made for graduate supervision and, exceptionally, other limited amounts of research-related administration.
  • A new application will not be considered when a report on a previous RSE grant is overdue.
  • RSE Personal Research Fellowships are open to early and mid-career researchers.
  • Early Career Researcher (ECR) definition: ECR applicants must be within seven years of the award of their PhD (from the point of successful PhD viva to the point of applying) and be within seven years of their first academic appointment (paid contract of employment which lists research or teaching as the primary role). Additionally:
    • Maternity/paternity/parental/adoption leave after award of PhD of up to 18 months per child is taken into consideration. Please include the time you were away from work on maternity/paternity/adoption leave in the section ‘career history’;
    • Documented periods of leave for other reasons, i.e., long-term medical absence will also be taken into consideration.
  • Mid-career academics definition: are normally within no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate. This does not include career breaks.

Research eligibility

  • Applicants are required to pursue their research in a Higher Education Institution (HEI), Research Institution (RI) or Cultural Institution (CI) in Scotland; only these are acceptable as host institutions. This may be different to their current place of employment.
  • The research can be in any academic discipline.
  • The research project proposed must align to one or more of the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes, detailed in the National Performance Framework: https://nationalperformance.gov.scot/national-outcomes

Application process

The funding will open for applications from Monday 6 September 2021; applicants are required to:

  1. Create a profile on the RSE CiviCRM, or log in using your existing details
  2. Once into your profile, access the online application.
  3. Complete the details on the online application form.
  4. Upload as part of the online form a statement of support from your head of department, an institutional statement of support and if you are undertaking your research at a different institution to the one from where you are usually employed a statement of support from that institution.
  5. Arrange for two referee forms to be sent to the RSE ResearchFellowships@theRSE.org.uk by Monday 25 October 2021, 12:00. These are available to download from the resources below.
  6. Successful applications should have a start date between Tuesday 1 March 2022 – Wednesday 31 August 2022.