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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 for Early Career researchers.

Please note that the Trust cannot routinely also support applicants for Humboldt Feodor Lynen Advanced Fellowships. Those who have obtained an Advanced Fellowship from the Humboldt Stiftung may however apply in the competition for an Isaac Newton Project Grant.

How to apply for INT support for a Humboldt Feodor Lynen Early Career Fellowship

The procedure will depend on the stage the applicant has reached in the Humboldt Foundation's 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 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


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.


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.

 '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.

Forthcoming closing dates

Newton Trust Research Grants (all categories)  - the July 2018  timetable, and forward dates for Michaelmas Term 2018, can be found here.

INT/College Junior Research Fellowships' Application Deadline:  29 June 2018

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 

Trustees' meeting dates

Monday 2 July 2018 at 3pm

Thursday 29 November 2018 at 4pm

dates for the Lent Term 2019 will be posted following the July meeting

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