I'm graduating this summer (2014) and trying to find a job in the UK so I can go live with my husband. I am thinking of applying for the Newton Fellowship, however, they have a really strange schedule and timing. That is, I wouldn't find out about the award until late October, and the position wouldn't start until January 2015. That would leave me with an awkward six months without a job or funding, unless I managed to get a short-term job. I've decided to start applying for other positions (lectureships and funded post-docs) with an eye toward the more immediate future and because the Newton is very competitive.
My questions are:
what happens if I take a 1-2 year post-doc offer and then find out I am awarded the fellowship?
Am I allowed to use the funds wherever I am?
If I accept a job-offer do I have to notify the fellowship and withdraw my application?
I ended up getting it after all! And my current University is letting me take the fellowship (at another university) and I can come back to my faculty position after. Very happy with the deal even though it means half the pay.