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The (British) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council gives
British government money for scientific research, including grants
for graduate students. Their website
wins the prize for the world's most impenetrable. Find
postdoc fellowships here.
EPSRC studentships are restricted to study for Ph.D. at a British
EU citizens (not "Associated States") can apply for an EPSRC studenship
to cover "fees only" -- that is, EPSRC pay university tuition fees as for
Brits, but no living allowance. Application is via the graduate school of
(Several UK universities offer a small number of studentships for Ph.D.)
EPSRC research grants for postdocs
The normal way of getting a postdoc position through EPSRC is for a
"principal investigator" to apply for a grant to cover a research project
including a Research Assistant. The most important criterion for success
is the scientific quality of the project, and only a small fraction of
applications are funded. In principle the fellow does not have to be named
in the application, but an excellent candidate is of course useful in
arguing the quality of the project. An RA can be of any nationality.
The Royal Society of London is the British equivalent of the Academy of
Sciences. It offers UK post-docs University Research Fellowships, and
other fellowships. See
www.royalsoc.ac.uk or more especially
All positions from the Royal Soc are prestigious, meaning that
a very high standard of applicant is expected.
There are various kinds of grants for international study visits, e.g. to
Russia, Japan, etc. Example: 2+2
Japan--UK fellowships, a 4 year package
giving a 2 year fellowship in Japan and two years back home
fellowships offer 1 year to Eastern European
postdocs, including Russians or citizens of the former Yugoslav republic of
Macedonia. The annual closing dates are 15th April and 1st Oct.
visiting US scientists, annual closing date 1st Feb.
The Leverhulme trust
gives away approx 140 individual research awards
to UK based academics annually, and a number of fellowships for visitors
to the UK.
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
gives postdoc fellowships to
outstanding young scientists from UK or British Commonwealth (plus Ireland,
Pakistan). They are apparently particularly keen to get mathematicians to
apply. Annual deadline 1st Mar.
Postdoctoral positions in Israel
See the postdoctoral program
of the Emmy Noether Institute.
German grant agencies
The two most important grant agencies for foreign scientists wanting to
visit a German institution are:
Alexander von Humboldt
The Japanese science funding agencies have established COE ("Twenty-First
Century Centres of Excellence"), providing generous research grants at
departments (Hokkaido Univ., Keio Univ., Kyoto Univ., Kyushu
Univ., Osaka City Univ., Tokyo Univ.). These will include a significant
of predoc, postdoc and other positions over the next few years
(5 years, but
subject to review). These COEs are expected to interact
closely with EU
networks such as EAGER
and EDGE. Kyoto Univ. is already
postdoc positions, with an application deadline in Aug 2003.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
The JSPS offers many
generous grants for post-doc fellowships in Japan.
The normal procedure is to apply in cooperation with colleagues at
Canon Foundation Europe
The Canon Foundation
offers travel grants for extended visits by European
graduate students or postdocs to visit Japan, and vice versa.
KOSEF (Korea Science and
Engineering Foundation) offers a number of
opportunities for postdoc fellowships at Korean research institutions and
The different EAGER groups all have fellowships to give away, and will
probably be keen to offer visits of several months to postdocs from
European countries. For a list of the different EAGER groups and contact
addresses for information on fellowships, go to Euclid and click on
"Structure". Similar remarks apply to EDGE.
Maria Sk\lodowska-Curie graduate schools
The EU Framework V "Marie Curie research training centres" offer
studentships to graduate students from EU and associated states to
study for between 3 months and 1 year. Most of the schools will open
from late 2000. Click here for
schools (Hint: do search by single keyword).
Offers studentships to study 3-folds and related areas of geometry at
The specialized fields of OMATS are algebraic geometry, operator algebras and
algebraic K-theory/geometric topology.
Algebraic geometry, singularity theory and knot theory
Main website CORDIS and Improving
Marie Curie individual fellowships
These offer 2 years fellowships for EU or Associated States postdocs under
for information package
and application forms. To be successful, you have to score high points
on all of
their evaluation criteria:
(a) for the individual
(b) for the scientific quality of the project
(c) for the host institution
(d) for the quality of research training to be provided
Note that in theory, they are interested in research TRAINING, not
science per se.
The final deadline of Framework V is 13th Mar 2002.
(You should allow at least 3 weeks to assemble the application, which
is a complicated business requiring original input from several sources.)
INTAS offers joint projects with scientific groups in NIS (New Independent
of the former Soviet Union). In theory it pays only for the expenses
of the NIS
participants. It also offers studentships and fellowships of Eu3,500
and Eu6,000 for
young NIS scientists. For more information and application forms, see
The next deadline is 26 April 2002 for Grants for Young NIS Scientists.
Australian National University, Canberra
ANU is currently
offering a number of postdoc positions, with an expressed
preference for algebraic geometry. For details, see their website or
Amnon Neeman email@example.com
Jobs and other funding opportunities
Oxford and Cambridge
colleges offer research fellowships, sometimes with
rather specific conditions. Web sites listing job openings include
Math Soc and the American