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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.

Office Closures 2018

Our office will be closed on Fridays throughout the school summer holidays.

 '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.

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.

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

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRGs) 2018 Lent Term round  is now closed 

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

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