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Isaac Newton Trust


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.

COVID-19: Message from Director

We are exploring with the University and other major funding partners (such as the Leverhulme Trust) what possibilities exist to support our grant holders through this period of exceptional difficulty.  

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