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INT/Humboldt Foundation Feodor Lynen Early Career Fellowships

The Trust provides up to one-third of the basic salary on behalf of the University of Cambridge for successful applicants to this prestigious programme.

The procedure will depend on the stage the applicant has reached in the Humboldt Foundation Feodor Lynen Early Career Fellowship application procedure:

Applicants who have yet to apply to the Humboldt-Stiftung but who have an agreement in principle to be accepted by an approved Humboldt host in the University of Cambridge

  • The applicant should ask the proposed Cambridge host to contact the Isaac Newton Trust’s Director, supplying items 1 to 3 in the list below.
  • INT will assess the request and, if content to offer support, will then issue a letter of support for a portion (up to 1/3) of the salary in principle.
  • If the application to the Humboldt Foundation is successful, the applicant should send (via the Cambridge host) items 4 and 5 to the Isaac Newton Trust;
  • The procedure is then the same as for the category below

Applicants who have already been offered a Feodor Lynen Early Career Fellowship by the Humboldt-Stiftung should ask their proposed Cambridge host to contact the Isaac Newton Trust’s Director, sending items 1 to 5 in the list below.

Required items

1)     The c.v  of the applicant

2)     Research proposal of applicant for the fellowship (as sent to Humboldt)

3)     a letter from the Head of Cambridge department of the proposed host

  • confirming that (s)he is willing to host the Fellowship
  • stating the start and end dates of the award

4)     the award letter from the Humboldt Foundation (see example below) stating the amount of the host institution’s monthly salary contribution – a German language letter is acceptable;

5)     a statement from the Cambridge host department of the expected institutional contribution (usually between 20% and 33% of the basic salary, not counting any family contribution, but including on-costs for the portion of the salary the Isaac Newton Trust will be paying – see ‘Financial details’ below)

 

Financial details

The Humboldt Foundation’s offer letter sets out the monthly salary contributions expected from the Humboldt Foundation and the host institution, for example:

Feodor Lynen-Forschungsstipendium: Stipendienberechnung / Kontenblatt

Berechnung des monatlichen Stipendienbetrags:

Summe Stipendienhöhe*

3,305.00

EUR

Gastgeberbeitrag in EUR

   940.80

EUR

Summe Stipendienzahlung durch die Humboldt-Stiftung*

2.364,20

EUR

*this sum may include contributions to family costs; if so, please deduct these contributions to arrive at the basic salary.

a) Basic salary

In this example, the host’s expected contribution to basic salary is €940.80 per month. Convert this to GBP to give the basic monthly salary the Isaac Newton Trust is expected to contribute (at the current exchange rate, this is about £820 pcm).

b) ‘On-costs’

The salary paid by the Humboldt Foundation does not include on-costs, and the Fellow is responsible for deciding whether to make any contributions on that portion of his/her salary.

However, the portion paid by the Isaac Newton Trust DOES include the usual National Insurance and pension on-costs on the part of the salary paid by the INT, which in this example is approximately 28% of the basic salary.

So, in this example:

  • the basic salary on which on costs should be calculated as follows:

                €3,305 = £2,864 x 12 = £34,368 pa total basic pay per annum

  • Looking this up in the University single salary scale (USS), this gives

     c. £44,000 per annum with on-costs

  • The host contribution in this example is 28% of the whole salary including on costs

                =  £12,320 per annum, or £1,025 per month

  • Multiply this monthly contribution by the number of months of the duration award to obtain the total required from the INT to provide a grant to cover this fellowship;
  • The salary payable to the Fellow from the INT’s grant is £820 per month

INT award letters

Prospective applicants to the Humboldt Foundation approved by the Trust will be provided with a conditional offer letter confirming that the INT would in principle be happy to provide the required host contribution (up to one third of the basic salary) in the event that the application to Humboldt is successful.

Successful candidates who have supplied evidence of their Humboldt award and the other documents required will receive an offer confirmation letter from the Trust setting out the TOTAL amount of the INT offer, broken down to show:

  • the basic monthly salary contribution to be paid to the fellow, and
  • the employers’ contributions to National Insurance and Pension for the portion of the salary paid by us
  • the duration of the grant and the total amount due to be paid by the Trust to the host department to cover the salary and on-cost contributions.

This letter is copied to the host department and to the relevant person in the Research Office so that they are able to set up the grant in the host department.

Setting up the grant

All early career research grants awarded by the Isaac Newton Trust are set up as research grants through the University’s Research Office. The RO will collaborate with the host department to set up a grant in the department, specifically for this fellowship.

Extensions

Any Feodor Lynen Fellow who has obtained an extension from the Humboldt Foundation may contact the INT to discuss the possibility of renewal; please note that INT extensions are not automatically approved but each will be considered by the Trustees on its merits.

Forthcoming closing dates

Newton Trust Research Grants The Easter Term 2017 round closes today 26 May.  Please note that we have new instructions for applicants -  see the Research Grants tab for details.

 

TLTFs & JRFs 2017

Time-Limited Teaching Fellowships 2017: Colleges' application deadline: Friday 23 June 2017

INT/College Junior Research Fellowships: Colleges' application deadline: Friday 30 June 2017 (NB the January round has been withdrawn, so this is now the only application round for these awards).

Details are circulated to eligible Colleges during April.

Trustees' meeting dates

Thursday 6 July 2017 at 3pm

Thursday 30 November 2017 at 4pm

Thursday 15 March 2018 at 4pm

Wednesday 4 July 2018 at 3pm

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