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Full details for this round of the scheme are not yet available as the call will open only on 14 September 2022. This communication is to bring the scheme to your attention to allow candidates sufficient time to prepare strong applications. The University’s internal selection process for 2022-23 round one will be confirmed once the call opens in September 2022.

The Royal Society plans to open round one of their 2022-23 Wolfson Fellowships scheme in September 2022. The programme is to enable UK Universities to strategically recruit and attract outstanding international researchers to the UK’s scientific community. This can be achieved through one of the following routes:

This strand focuses entirely on recruitment, enabling UK institutions to enhance their offering with a £300,000 fellowship award to international research leaders wishing to relocate to the UK. The funding can be used flexibly to conduct high-quality research as part of their start-up package.

This strand allows excellent international researchers a flexible 12-month sabbatical period at a UK university with an award of up to £125,000 to build and develop international collaborations and networks with the host UK university. The fellowship can be held full time for 1 year or flexibly over 2 years.

Eligibility for both strands:

  • Applicants can be of any nationality.
  • Research must be within the eligible subjects.
  • The applicant must be currently based overseas.
  • The Royal Society recognises that diversity is essential for delivering excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Society wants to encourage applications from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to maximise innovation and creativity in science for the benefit of humanity.

Note on funding:

Please note that the funding might not cover salary on-costs and might require potential commitment to cover the shortfall by the hosting department.

University Internal selection:

Institutions nominating more than one candidate across both strands will be expected to: (1) make a strong case against the organisation’s strategic priorities, (2) outline internal selection process to the funder, and (3) detail what other support (direct or in-kind) will be provided to the applicants. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls procedure.

We anticipate asking interested applicants to complete our online submission form by 12pm on 21 September 2022 (NB: if asked to log-in, please use your Raven details). Please note that you will be requested to upload the following attachments for each candidate:

  • Summary of the proposed project (up to 300 words)
  • Alignment to departmental and University strategy (up to 300 words)
  • Applicant’s brief CV
  • Head of Department support letter

Please see the online form for more details for each of these requirements.

Please note that the online form cannot be saved and returned to for future editing.

Request for feedback: As you may have noticed, we are now shifting submissions to internal selection processes through online Microsoft Forms. Your feedback as end-users would be valuable in enabling us to make this process as accessible as possible. Any comments (both positive and suggestions for improvement) can be sent to

Funder deadline: 09 November 2022

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