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Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Training. BA Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme Sam Sneddon, Matthew Smart, Chris Ballinger. Postdoctoral Research: How to get funding?. Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities BA Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme Aims and Priorities of BA Success Rates Eligibility Costing

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Postdoctoral Training

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  1. Postdoctoral Training BA Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme Sam Sneddon, Matthew Smart, Chris Ballinger

  2. Postdoctoral Research: How to get funding? • Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities • BA Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme • Aims and Priorities of BA • Success Rates • Eligibility • Costing • Submission (eGAP2) • Selection and Assessment Procedures • Assessment Criteria • Points to note • Support available in Oxford • Tips and Advice • Contacts and Questions

  3. What to do after your DPhil? • Teaching Fellowship/ Lecturing Post • Postdoctoral Research Associate on a Project • Full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (several available) • Short-term funding from other schemes to provide seed-corn funding for your project Other Funding Schemes to consider: • BA: Small Research Grants (<£7.5K) http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/srg.cfm • ESRC: Small Research Grants (< £100K) http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/opportunities/current_funding_opportunities/research/index.aspx

  4. Postdoctoral Fellowships (1): • British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship: http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/pdfells.cfm • Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (Deadline: early March): http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/grants_awards/grants/early_career_fellowships/ • Nuffield Foundation New Career Development Fellowship (cancelled 2009 - may return in some form 2010): http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/go/grants/ncdf/page_127.html • Wellcome Trust Post-doctoral Fellowships: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/funding/

  5. Postdoctoral Fellowships (2): Research Councils: • ESRC Post-doctoral Fellowship: http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/opportunities/earlycareer/postdocfellowships/index.aspx • AHRC: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Pages/Fellowshipserc.aspx • NERC: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/typesofaward.asp • EPSRC: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/ResearchFunding/Opportunities/Fellowships/PostdoctoralFellowships.htm • Joint Schemes, eg. MRC/ESRC

  6. Internal Postdoctoral Opportunities: • Career Development Fellowships and Junior Research Fellowships • Scholarships and Prizes See: • Department and College Websites • Research section of the University Job Site http://www.ox.ac.uk/about_the_university/jobs/ • Oxford Gazette http://www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/

  7. BA Postdoctoral Fellowships (1) : Aims and Priorities Aim: to enable outstanding early career researchers to strengthen experience of research and teaching, develop CV and improve prospects. Emphasis on completion of a significant piece of publishable research. Details: Awards announced in May 2010. Up to 45. Tenable for 3 years (not renewable) BA Priorities and Strategy: To fund research excellence. BA does not dictate research themes • BA are looking for: • quality of candidate • strength of research proposal • suitability of host institution and sponsor Further details: http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/pdfells.cfm

  8. BA Postdoctoral Fellowships (2): Success Rates • Fierce competition for scheme. 6-8% success rate (2006-09) • Social Sciences has marketshare of 25% of applics but success rate of 12.8% rather than 6% for Humanities (2006/07) • Highly competitive. Demonstrates how much work has to go into this process • Oxford generally higher success rate than any other University (including Cambridge)

  9. BA Postdoctoral Fellowships (3): Eligibility • Competition open to all eligible subjects in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences • British citizens; • or anyone of whatever nationality who has obtained (or expects to have obtained by 1 April) a doctorate from a UK university; • or an EEA (European Economic Area) national who, although not having obtained a doctorate from a UK university, is already resident in the UK and employed in a temporary academic post. • Not have held a permanent academic position NB No age criteria but MUST hold recent Postdoctoral status (within 2-3 years of doctorate) and expect to have completed your doctorate (i.e. been successfully viva’d) by dates stipulated in guidelines (c. 1st April of year you wish to commence the Fellowship)

  10. BA Postdoctoral Fellowships (4): Costings • Institutions now required to provide detailed information (at stage 2), including complete statement of support and financial appendix showing Full Economic Costs (fEC), therefore vital that you speak to Department (especially DA, Fin. Officer, Research Officer) before stage 1 so that you can get as much help as possible • What is covered? • salary costs based on host institution’s local pay scale (Oxford - c. £28,839 per annum); • limited research expenses (up to £2000); • directly allocated costs, including mentor’s time, and estates, and indirect costs. • Generally costed at c.£215K (fEC) but ranges from £150-280K. Average cost in Oxford is £225K (2007-09)

  11. BA Postdoctoral Fellowships (5): Submission (E-Gap2) • BA have just bought eGap2 (Royal Society’s electronic submission system) • Applies to ALL applications from Autumn 2009 rather than the old paper forms • Reassurance Schemes and programmes of funding will continue as last year • BA currently testing new electronic grant submission system (eGAP2) during Summer 2009, therefore can’t currently access application process • But nature of application forms and questions will be very similar to those used in previous years • Please contact your Department or the Division to receive a copy of the old form and guidelines

  12. BA Postdoctoral Fellowships (6): Selection and Assessment NB Due to introduction of new electronic submission system, dates for 09/10 still awaiting confirmation • Two stage process: 1) Outline Stage: Deadline c.1 Oct 2009 (award to start Sept 2010) assessed by one or more disciplinary committees. 2) Second Stage: Applicants notified of outcome of outline stage in early January 2010. c. 20% successful and invited to submit full bids within next 6 weeks. Deadline: late February 2010 No interview. Additional information required: further publications since submission, examples of written work and details of specific research expenses • Assessed on: viability, specificity, originality of research proposal, achievability within timescale • Announcement of awards in May 2010

  13. BA Postdoctoral Fellowships (7): Assessment Criteria • Is proposed research project of outstanding academic merit? • Has the applicant demonstrated capacity to make a significant contribution to their research field through their work and/or publications to date? • Does the applicant have the potential to go on after award to a successful academic career? • Is the applicant proposing to work in a suitable host institution? At the final stage of selection, may also take into account: • How strong is the case for support in comparative value for money terms? • Has the applicant demonstrated necessary language competence where the understanding of material in a foreign language is crucial to the achievement of the research objectives?

  14. BA Postdoctoral Fellowships (8): Points • Not advisable to base your research proposal too heavily on your DPhil, need to develop DPhil research considerably or design a new research project • Find 2 referees. Usually doctoral supervisor and external examiner. Advised that second referee is external to your Institution. MUST ensure that references are received in time for deadline • Select mentor from within Department/ Institution, preferably someone in or close to your research field. Should NOT be your doctoral supervisor • Resubmission is permitted, but not advisable to submit identical proposal • Can move Institution or Department but continuing at the same institution as your doctorate is acceptable. Should be strong link between subject area and Department/Institution you select

  15. Support available in Oxford: Funder (British Academy): • Website advice. Read all the guidance available, including FAQs. Departments: • All applications MUST be signed off by your Department • Each Department has different ways of dealing with your applications • MUST speak to supervisor/ academic mentor, Departmental Administrator, Research Support Officer and Head of Department early in process so that they are alerted to your intentions and will guide you through their procedures • NB Departments cannot necessarily support every prospective application, so make sure you follow their instructions Division: • Research Facilitators available to provide further guidance relating to how you conceive your research project, how best to shape the proposal to sell your research to the BA, and how to present your application to funders in the most attractive way Research Services: • Website includes: step by step guide, planning and preparing your application (http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/) • Email and phone with queries

  16. Tips and Advice: • DO plan in advance. Give yourself plenty of time. Make sure you’re in the strongest position possible before you apply • DO read the guidelines and FAQs published by the funder, Research Services and the your Department • DO get help from a senior academic, speak to them before you begin to draft your proposal and ask them to critically appraise drafts of your proposal. It is often helpful to get advice from 2-3 academics, but be warned they do sometimes conflict • DON’T take advice personally but use it constructively • DO ask a senior academic (not your supervisor) to act as a sponsor for your application and provide them with all information they may need (CV, etc.) • DO check your Department’s internal procedures and timetables • DO check with whoever is responsible for costing your application that you have included all eligible costs • DO make sure the application is completed 3-4 weeks in advance of the deadline as there will inevitably be hiccups to smooth out. NB: ALL applications must be received by Research Services at least 5 working days in advance of the deadline

  17. Questions? • Information on the Division’s website at www.socsci.ox.ac.uk including PPT slides • Contact details: • sam.sneddon@socsci.ox.ac.uk Geography, Archaeology, Anthropology, Social Policy and Social Work, Smith School for Enterprise & the Environment • chris.ballinger@socsci.ox.ac.uk Law, Politics, Area Studies, QEH, Education, James Martin 21st Century School • matthew.smart@socsci.ox.ac.uk Business, Economics, OII, Sociology, Oxford Man Institute • Any Questions?

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