First step into research career

02 Mar 2009 15:02:00.000

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The University of Nottingham has been chosen to pilot a new national funding scheme that will offer the most outstanding doctoral students a first step on the path to an independent research career.

The University is one of just 14 higher education institutions across the country invited to take part in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) PhD Plus Fellowships 2009.

Under the scheme, it will receive a grant of £350,000 which will fund seven fellowships to the most gifted postdoctoral students working in the fields of science, engineering and technology and some areas of medicine.

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The fellowships will offer successful applicants to the scheme one year’s salary and an additional £15,000 grant, which could be used to increase the impact of work completed as part of their PhD. For example, this could include providing time to complete key publications resulting from the PhD research, exploring resources or funding to visit other research groups, enabling knowledge transfer activities or funding outreach activities.


Professor Claire O’Malley, Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Nottingham, said: “The additional support offered by these new fellowships will give some of our most promising research stars of the future the opportunity to develop work initially carried out for their PhD and, hopefully, their first step on the ladder to a successful academic career.”


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•    The closing date for applications for the EPSRC PhD Plus fellowships is March 27. Candidates must have submitted a PhD, which was supported by the EPSRC in the form of fees and/or stipend, by September 30. Further details and an application form are available from


The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's ‘only truly global university’, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

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