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?

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    Nobody expects anyone to apply for a very competitive fellowship as their one and only job prospect. I can't offer any advice beyond this, as I know nothing about the Newton Fellowship specifically.
    – Tara B
    Feb 24 '14 at 17:34
  • Note that the deadline for the 2014 is already passed, but the answers can be useful to the next round.
    – user102
    May 30 '14 at 13:22
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    Just to follow up, I did apply to the grant but I ended up taking a faculty position for this coming fall, so I will update this post when I hear back about the Newton Fellowship in October.
    – Skunkness
    May 31 '14 at 14:09
  • Newton is extremely competitive. You better be extremely successful so far...
    – Troy Woo
    Jan 25 '15 at 22:28

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.

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