3rd October 2014, 8:53am
Get Back to Science with Fellowship scheme
Science students Academics who have taken extended career breaks are being given the opportunity to apply for a Back to Science Fellowship at the University of Lincoln, UK.

The aim of the Fellowships are to provide a sound platform for both men and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) subject areas to kick-start their careers.

The one-year opportunity will enable Fellows to join an established research group, build confidence and gain contemporary research experience.

Two Fellowships are available each year, consisting of a £16,000 bursary, with a further £5,000 available for consumable costs.

The posts are part of the University’s Athena SWAN project 2014-17 and will be based in the College of Science.

Professor Belinda Colston, University of Lincoln’s Athena SWAN Coordinator, said: “The Back to Science Fellowships have been driven by the wider work the University is doing to address major concerns of the high attrition rate for women at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels in scientific research - and the limited opportunity for these women to return to academia at a later stage. Creation of the Fellowships responds to a regional need based on direct inquiries we have received from women who have had extended career breaks and are finding it difficult to re-enter the field. However, men are increasingly experiencing similar issues and also may need to take career breaks due to caring responsibilities, which is why we are encouraging applications from both men and women.

“We feel this is a unique opportunity to respond to the needs of our community, complement other internal and national initiatives, develop our academic base, and impact on the development of a rich research environment.”

The Fellowships will provide a one year bursary (or two years part time) and the successful applicants will receive a package of support, training and development, which will  enable them to develop independent research projects, funding applications and publications, or undertake further study.

Applications are open until 19th October 2014 for the first year.

Inquiries should be made to Professor Colston at bcolston@lincoln.ac.uk and for further information go to http://wise.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/
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