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Rothamsted International – University of Nottingham Fellowship 2019 [Fully Funded]

DEADLINE: 22nd February, 2019.

The Rothamsted International – University of Nottingham Fellowship aims to promote the exchange of vital agricultural research skills between the Future Food Beacon, Rothamsted Research and scientists from Low- to Middle- income countries.

The Fellowship will support overseas scientists to train at either University of Nottingham (UoN) and/or Rothamsted Research for 6-12 months on a research project they co-develop with UoN and Rothamsted senior scientists, who will co-supervise the project.

Rothamsted International – University of Nottingham (RI-UON) Fellowship Eligibility.

The Candidate must meet the following criteria.

  • The Candidate must be of doctoral status, with at least two years’ post-doctoral experience. Candidates without Higher Degrees must have equivalent research experience to be considered eligible for the scheme.
  • Applications will not be considered where the main objective of the visit is research leading to a higher degree for the Candidate.
  • The Candidate must be a citizen or be based exclusively in a low- to middle- income country. Please note that this will be defined as the countries listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients
  • Candidates who have extensive and/or continuous employment in a high-income country are not eligible for RI Fellowships.
  • It is essential that the Candidate returns to employment in their home country where the experience gained through the RI Fellowship can be applied.
  • Applications are submitted by the UK supervisor but must be of relevance to research in the candidate’s home country. It is therefore essential that the candidate makes contact with the UK supervisor and helps to co-develop the research proposal. Proposals with minimal contributions from the candidate, or supervisor, are unlikely to succeed.
  • In addition to the support of the UK supervisor, applications must also have the approval from the relevant Department Head at Rothamsted Research and Professor David Salt, Director of the Future Food Beacon at UoN.

Rothamsted International – University of Nottingham (RI-UON) Fellowship Benefits.

The Fellowship will provide the successful candidate with:

  • Supervision and training at University of Nottingham and/or Rothamsted Research
  • Funds for Research costs related to their project
  • Access to world-class research facilities and scientific support
  • Funds for accommodation and subsistence.
  • Funds for travel between the home country and the UK

How to Apply for Rothamsted International – University of Nottingham (RI-UON) Fellowship.


  1. Candidate has a research idea in mind with direct relevance to development issues in the Candidate’s home country.
  2. Candidate checks to see that their proposal falls within the agricultural, biological, environmental, mathematical or computational sciences, and is aligned to the University of Nottingham Global 2020 Strategy and the Rothamsted Science Strategy.
  3. Candidates must then identify a potential Supervisor at University of Nottingham or Rothamsted Research and seek their agreement and input to co-develop a fellowship proposal. The initial Supervisor will then identify a suitable supervisor at the partnering institute to co-supervise the Fellowship

Note: Candidates may find the Supervisor, either through prior contact with that person, recommendations via colleagues, scientific literature searches or by selecting the relevant researcher from the University of Nottingham and the Rothamsted Research staff directory


  1. Once a Supervisor at UoN and Rothamsted has been identified and they are in agreement to co-develop a research project with the candidate, the lead Supervisor requests an application form and further guidance from Rothamsted International.
    Note: application forms cannot be downloaded from this website and must be submitted by the Supervisor.
  2. Supervisors and Candidate co-develop the fellowship proposal.
  3. Lead supervisor submits the Fellowship application in advance of the stated deadline.


  1. Applications are reviewed by a panel of experts.
  2. This is a competitive scheme and the Panel’s decision will be communicated to the Candidate and Supervisor – typically within two months of the application deadline.
  3. Successful Candidate and their Supervisors agree on a start date for the project.


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