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Welcome to our August newsletter

In this month's edition of the newsletter, we bring you:

Opportunities: We highlight a selection of opportunities available via the EURAXESS UK portal and through the British Council

Longer reads: Including an interview with a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow and an opinion piece from Wellcome on careers in the UK research sector

Mobility resources: Signposts to useful information resources on Horizon Europe programme, and also to Prepare to Study and Live in the UK - a free online course from the British Council and Future Learn.

If you have any comments or content suggestions, we warmly welcome your feedback.

With best wishes,


Upcoming Deadlines

First Stage researchers

PhD Studentship in Population and Migration Studies. Apply by 28 August. 

St Andrews–Max Planck PhD Studentship in Population Health. Apply by 31 August.

First Stage/Recognised researchers

EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPOD4) Programme 4 with Cofunding from Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions COFUND. Apply by 7 September.

Recognised/Established researchers

FEBS Excellence Awards (molecular life sciences). Apply by 1 September.

Call for proposals: Online trainers for the British Council Researcher Connect programme

The British Council invites requests for proposals from trainers with international experience in online training to deliver the Researcher Connect programme. 

Researcher Connect trainers should possess relevant online training experience, preferably acquired in an academic/international context. Trainers should also hold previous experience of delivering training in the UK within the research sector/environment.


Apply by 24 August 

Call for UK consultants to develop planning tools and a framework for Thailand’s Bio-Circular-Green Economic (BCG) Model sectors

The British Council Thailand is seeking a consultant to draw upon successful UK planning models, including foresight approaches to develop planning tools and frameworks for Thailand’s four Bio-Circular-Green Economic (BCG) sectors: Food and Agriculture, Health and Wellbeing, Environment, Tourism, and others BCG related industries.

These tools are to be deployed through workshops for policymakers, universities and research institutes to build foresight skills.


Apply by 9 September 2021

Call for proposals: Blavatnik Cambridge Postdoctoral Fellowships

The British Council's Blavatnik Cambridge Postdoctoral Fellowship programme enables Israeli scientists of outstanding ability to pursue their research at the University of Cambridge, while fostering a scholarly exchange and greater understanding between researchers in Britain and in Israel.

The call is open to residents of Israel seeking to undertake their first postdoctoral funding in the fields of life sciences, physical sciences and engineering at the University of Cambridge. Fellows will receive an annual stipend of £30,000.


Apply by 31 October

Meet the Researchers

What does it take to secure a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship? Everyone's path to their Fellowship is different. We spoke to current grantee Tomislav Stojanov to hear about his academic journey from Croatia to the UK, as well as his personal mission to support fellow researchers along the way.

'Our sector must come together to improve research culture'

Dan O’Connor, Head of Research Environment at Wellcome, explains how the new Research and Development (R&D) People and Culture Strategy unveiled by the UK government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) lays out plans to make UK research careers more attractive and sustainable.

Search the latest hosting offers in Europe

Are you a researcher interested in carrying out your research in Europe?

Check out the latest hosting offers (Expressions of Interest) from research institutions interested in supporting your application to the MSCA Individual Fellowships Calls, as well as offers from institutions.

Horizon Europe funding information resources

New to EU-funded research? Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion, tackling climate change, helping to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosting the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

Learn about Horizon Europe funding opportunities and the application process including FAQs, an online manual and webinars.

Online course | Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK

Are you a First Stage/Early Career researcher coming to a UK university for the first time? This free online course will give you all the help you need to study and thrive in the UK. This course will benefit international students who will enrol at a UK university.

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