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ESRC and Alan Turing Institute Launch Joint Fellowship Scheme – closing date for proposals is 21 September 2017

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Alan Turing Institute (Turing) have launched a new Joint Fellowship Scheme to support research that will advance both the theoretical development of data science and its practical application to real world problems.

This first joint call will focus on two key and interlinked issues:

  1. Smart cities
  2. Health and well-being

Mid-career and senior academics from RCUK eligible research organisations (RO) who can demonstrate experience of supervising PhD students are eligible to apply. Up to two PhD studentships will be attached to each Fellowship and it is expected these will work in areas of research closely associated to that of the Fellow. The Fellow will act as the primary supervisor, helping in particular to develop the quantitative and data science skills of the students.

The successful candidate should use the Fellowship to:

  • Generate and pursue original research ideas, design and conduct a successful programme of investigation and develop innovative, world-class research.
  • Publish research in high-quality peer-reviewed national and international journals.
  • Present research results at national and international meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Take part in knowledge exchange and/or translation activities as appropriate, for example: collaborative working with Turing’s partners, or with government departments/policy-makers, and on public engagement, policy events, etc.
  • Advance their own professional development, with support from Turing and host partner university.
  • Build additional capacity in data science through the supervision and training of PhD students.

The ESRC will fund 60% of the Fellow’s salary at 80% fEC over three years and the associated studentships. It is anticipated that up to three Fellowships will be funded.

In addition to costs submitted to ESRC through the proposal, the Fellow will also be able to apply, on a competitive basis, to Turing’s internal schemes for the visiting researchers and workshop costs.

The closing date for proposals is 21 September 2017 (4pm).

The Fellowship will start on 1 April 2018 and the associated studentships will start on 1 October 2018.

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