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Canada UK Postdoctoral Fellowships for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Canada UK Postdoctoral Fellowships for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 

Application deadline: 9:00am on Monday, 25 June 2018

Please note: all prospective applicants MUST attend the information day on 14 June 2018, 9am-4pm. Applications will not be considered from those who have not attended this event. 

Applications are now open for a new Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on developing and strengthening the skills required for postdoctoral researchers to become successful Innovators and Entrepreneurs, by embedding them in internationally leading centres of excellence both in the UK and in Canada.

While applications are open to all postdoctoral researchers, those who apply must demonstrate a strong interest in innovation and entrepreneurship and propose how these skills will serve their career goals and aspirations as it relates to their field of expertise

Candidates will be required to engage with the programme in Cambridge and in Canada. This will involve participation in events in Canada and in the UK and a willingness to understand innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada as it relates to their field of expertise.

The CanUK Postdoctoral Fellowship is committed to the promotion of diversity and inclusion and seeks to attract, develop, and advance the most talented individuals regardless of their race (including nationality), disability, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership or pregnancy and maternity. 

The programme will be managed by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and funded by the Canada-UK Foundation, Founders and donors.

Please download the call document for full details of the programme and how to apply.

Structure

Fellows will have access to a diverse suite of development opportunities, as well as the chance to interface with entrepreneurs and innovators in the highly successful Cambridge Cluster and its equivalents in Canada

The Fellowship is divided into two phases; Fellows admitted to the first phase will need to re-apply for participation in the second phase.

During the first phase, Fellows will spend an average of eight hours per week on a set of flexible, outcome-driven trainings and experiences intended to develop leadership and teamwork skills. In parallel, Fellows will spend time in small groups, or ‘pods’, pursuing a Global Challenge outside their area of expertise in collaboration with mentors and experts from industry, enterprise, policy, government and academia, leading to a tangible output. 

Towards the end of the first phase, Fellows will have the opportunity to bid for a period of independent time to pursue their own work fully funded through the Fellowship. The projects can be anything from a conventional academic research project, to starting a business, to political or civil society engagement.

Eligibility

  • All prospective applicants MUST attend the information day on 14 June 2018, 9am-4pm. Applications will not be considered from those who have not attended this event.
  • Applicants must have a current research contract at the University of Cambridge or a University Partner Institution (UPI).
  • Applicants must not hold, or have held, an academic position at Lecturer level (or the equivalent in non-academic institutions).
  • Applicants must be willing to attend several events in the UK commensurate with the prestige of the CanUK Fellowship and, in addition, to travel to Canada for events and meetings in line with the CanUK Fellowship programme goals.
  • It is expected that applicants will have a research contract that will outlast the duration of phase one of the programme (i.e. through June 2019).
  • Applications are welcome from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements (e.g. part-time).
  • Applications must be supported by your PI, line manager or Department (see below).

The Fellowships are designed to provide career enhancement to support outstanding researchers seeking to shape the future for the betterment of society. Therefore strong emphasis will be placed on the leadership potential of the candidates.

How to apply

Please send the following documents to the attention of Dr Anke Friedrich, OPdA Fellowships and Programmes Administrator, via fellowships.opda@admin.cam.ac.uk no later than 9:00am on Monday, 25 June 2018.

Letter of interest stating motivation for application, academic suitability, independence & leadership skills, and impact & engagement outside research (1500 words max).

Current CV (2 sides of A4 max, plus publications and presentations).

Supporting letter from PI, line manager or department detailing:

  • length of contract or other arrangements in place
  • applicant’s suitability according to criteria above
  • support for salary buy-out
  • if relevant to the proposed independent project research, support for second phase (e.g. additional financial support, access to core facilities, etc).

 

Please download the call document for full details of the programme and how to apply.

The University Careers Service can help you with your CV and letter of interest.

Any other questions can be directed to fellowships.opda@admin.cam.ac.uk

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