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Changes to BBSRC fellowships following fundamental review

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BBSRC is continuing with a successfully piloted fellowship scheme and will extend the eligibility criteria for another scheme following a fundamental review of its strategy of investing in fellowships.

The review, conducted between August 2014 and January 2015, used input from a wide ranging community survey and a workshop to assess BBSRC’s strategy for investing in fellowships.

The review asked a range of fundamental questions, including whether BBSRC should support fellowships, and if so where and how BBSRC should target its investments in a way that will maximise the impact gained from the investment made.

More than 700 responses to the survey were received and there was enthusiastic participation in the workshop. 

The BBSRC research community overwhelmingly supported BBSRC continuing to invest in fellowships, primarily focusing on early career researchers, with strong support for the continuation of the Anniversary Future Leader Fellowships and David Phillips Fellowships in particular.

The Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship has been successfully piloted and will now continue as the Future Leader Fellowship (FLF), providing support for independent postdoctoral research.

In addition the number of scientists eligible for the David Phillips Fellowship will be increased by removing the upper limit on the years of research experience; combined with the FLF this creates a continuum of support from PhD to Group Leader.

In total the review makes six independent recommendations based on its conclusions, including for BBSRC to make more fellowships available to early-career researchers and to make eligibility rules for fellowships more flexible.

Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Executive Director, Innovation and Skills, said: “We are very pleased that so many of the BBSRC research community took part in this review and would like to thank everyone who did so.

“BBSRC recognises the importance of supporting fellowships to allow researchers to progress through critical stages in their careers and as such is delighted to be able to continue with the Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship as Future Leader Fellowships, and to make more researchers eligible for the prestigious David Phillips Fellowships.”

You can read the report at: Review of BBSRC strategy for investing in fellowships.

The Future Leader Fellowship call will open on March 26. The Food Standards Agency will consider proposals for co-funding.


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