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ESRC programmes


From 2016, the ESRC has replaced its 'Future Research Leaders' fellowships with:

1)      Postdoc fellowships, associated with the ESRC DTP, giving new PhD holders a platform for establish themselves, by publishing their doctoral work for example;

2)      New Investigators Grants –  these are grants, rather than individual fellowships, and successful persons are supported to build a team as a new PI.

Unlike the FRL scheme, neither of these new programmes requires institutional matching funding. However, the Isaac Newton Trust is willing to consider applications for a Project Grant from successful candidates for the ESRC New Investigators grants to be held in the University of Cambridge with a view to making a contribution to a specific project. Such applications will be in straight competition with non-ESRC grant holders.


The Isaac Newton Trust has supported a number of ESRC Future Research Leaders over the past decade; the last cohort complete their fellowships in 2018.


to our Trustees Sir Gregory Winter, jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern, on the award of the 2018 Balzan Prize for her contributions in Social Anthropology.

Trustees' meeting dates

Thursday 29 November 2018 at 4pm

Thursday 14 March 2019 at 4pm

Thursday 4 July 2019 at 3pm

Forthcoming closing dates

Newton Trust Research Grants (all categories)  - the 2018-2019 timetable may be found here.

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRGs) 2018 Michaelmas Term round  is now open (deadline 12 November)

The Leverhulme Trust has announced its Early Career Fellowships competition for 2019; the internal Cambridge competition details will be announced by the end of October.

 'So thrilled about this grant. It's a wonderful scheme to boost young post-docs.

 Thank-you Newton!'



Our first Fellows' Day, for early career research fellows partially funded by the Trust, was held on 14 June, with a series of fascinating talks by 15 of our Leverhulme ECF, Humboldt, ESRC and Max-Cam Fellows, followed by networking over drinks.

Recent deadlines

College Teaching Officer Research Leave - the 2018 Round is now closed.

INT/Schools of Physical Sciences & Technology (start-up grants for new University Lecturers) - the 2018 round is now closed

INT/Wellcome Trust ISSF/Schools of Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine (start-up grants for new University Lecturers and PIs) - the 2018 round is now closed

INT/College Junior Research Fellowships - has now closed for October 2019 starts

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