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Fellowships

To find out more about the C-DICE Postdoctoral Fellowships, read on. For C-DICE Peer Reviewers, click here.

What is a C-DICE Fellowship?

The Centre for Postdoctoral Development in Infrastructure, Cities and Energy (C-DICE) invites applications for C-DICE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships from outstanding postdoctoral researchers and early career researchers (ECRs). These Fellowships are designed to promote research aligned to infrastructure, cities and energy, that will accelerate the progress towards a net-zero society by 2050, whilst providing the opportunity for researchers to develop their independence, with significant support from C-DICE. A multidisciplinary approach would be an advantage. There are up to three C-DICE Fellowships available for a 2022 start.

The C-DICE Postdoctoral Fellows will create their own research project of 1 year, if worked full-time, or pro-rated accordingly, if worked part-time. The Fellowship will support the transition of postdoctoral researchers and ECRs to fully independent research leaders by developing and expanding their research experience and research portfolio through the Fellowship project. Alongside this, the C-DICE Fellows will need the support of a named academic Mentor, as well as accessing a cohort of C-DICE Fellows and other support from the C-DICE project. The Fellowship can be worked full time, part time or flexibly. The C-DICE Fellow will need to be hosted at a C-DICE partner university and will preferably be encouraged to utilise UKCRIC and/or ERA facilities during the research.  The research will ideally take place in partnership, for example, with industry (with a big company, an SME, or a start-up), with policy makers (in government or with a local authority), at a non-profit organisation, at other suitable universities, in a research facility, or a combination of these. Each application for Fellowships is capped at a maximum grant of £140,000 (at full economic costing). Matched commitments from external partners are encouraged, and a Statement of Support from the host institution will be required.

For shorter-term (6 months or less) opportunities, go to secondments and placements.

C-DICE is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all under-represented groups. It is C-DICE’s policy to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged or receives less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. If you have special needs requiring assistance with the application process, please email Amy Beierholm at a.beierholm@cdice.ac.uk.

To support applicants during the preparation of their proposals, C-DICE will hold two information webinars (on 2nd December 2021 from 14:00-14:45 and on 5th January 2022 from 11:00-11:45).

It is a condition of funding that C-DICE Fellows engage with C-DICE in relation to the funded activity. C-DICE Fellows are expected to participate in C-DICE events and attend C-DICE Fellow Cohort meetings for the duration of the project. C-DICE Fellows will also be invited to present at the C-DICE Annual Conference, will be expected to run an activity to benefit other postdoctoral researchers and ECRs, and will be asked to present a Case Study at a C-DICE Business Engagement Event.

Fellowships are intended to fund an individual to progress their research career with the expectation that this will lead to a full fellowship application via UKRI or similar. The funding can be used to support the eligible activities normally supported under UKRI research funding, including but not limited to staff time, travel, subsistence, and overheads. The applicant is encouraged to seek matched funding for consumables and experimental costs. These costs may be admissible for C-DICE funding in exceptional circumstances. All costs must be fully justified as relevant to the research. The funding is provided by Research England Development Fund and information on the eligibility of organisations and individuals to receive Research England funding is available in the following terms and conditions:

C-DICE Themes

The overarching goal of C-DICE is to accelerate progress towards a net-zero society by 2050 by building and sustaining the advanced skills base required to create a pipeline of world-class talent for the Infrastructure, Cities and Energy sectors. C-DICE Fellowships must contribute to the acceleration of progress towards a net-zero society by 2050 and align with two or more of the following:

  • Research in infrastructure, cities and/or energy.
  • Research using the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) and the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) facilities. Priority will be given to proposals which bridge ERA and UKCRIC.
  • Knowledge exchange between collaborating C-DICE HEIs.
  • Development and networking benefits for postdoctoral researchers and ECRs.

Benefits of a C-DICE fellowship

A C-DICE Fellowship introduces postdoctoral researchers and ECRs to new perspectives, skills, and techniques, while giving them new opportunities & responsibilities. A C-DICE Fellow can “sector-hop”, test innovative thinking and skills in a different environment, and gain access to world-leading facilities and research teams. Furthermore, a C-DICE Fellowship allows for mobility to gain breadth of experience. They can combine academic research with an industrial placement to suit their needs. Sector-hopping may include a short-term placement in an industrial setting. Mobility may include visiting a research lab in another university or developing skills in an ERA or UKCRIC facility. It would also be possible to access multiple universities in one region – e.g. the C-DICE Fellow may do their research with two local C-DICE universities and an industrial partner. Note that Statements of Support must be obtained from all delivery partners.

A C-DICE Fellowship is a unique tool for career development and a means to expand the C-DICE Fellow’s network. A distinct benefit will be the support provided to the C-DICE Fellows through cohort activities and additional support from within the project.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Applicants must have a PhD before starting the Fellowship. PhD students are eligible to apply but must have been awarded their PhD (or passed the viva with minor corrections) before 14 February 2022 or the Fellowship offer will be withdrawn.
  • Applicants must not hold a permanent academic position before the start of the C-DICE Fellowship.
  • The C-DICE Fellow must be hosted at a C-DICE university, although partnership with other organisations is encouraged.
  • The applicant must identify an academic Mentor, who is different to their PhD or postdoctoral research supervisor.
  • Before submitting an application, it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the host institution(s) and gain the formal approval from the relevant head(s) of department/school in the form of a Statement of Support
  • Note that the lead host institution must provide a Statement of Support stating that they will provide an employment contract for the duration of the Fellowship.
  • Statements of Support must also be included from other named partners
  • C-DICE Fellowships must commence as soon as possible after 15 March and no later than 15 October 2022, unless there are exceptional circumstances. The duration of the Fellowship is one year full-time, calculated on a pro-rata basis for part-time awards. All awards must be completed by 31 August 2024. Requests for a shorter C-DICE Fellowship will not be accepted, please view the placement or secondment scheme for short placement opportunities.
  • There are no nationality and age restrictions for applicants. The lead host institution is responsible for securing all necessary visas, work permits, and related costs for the C-DICE Fellows.

Funding Level

Applications can be submitted for projects up to £140,000 in value calculated under the full economic costing model of UKRI. Eligible costs are as defined in the standard UKRI terms and conditions for research grants and should be justified in the application. Fellowship funding can be used to cover the same cost categories. Project awardees can invoice 100% of the full economic costs quarterly in arrears.

Timeline

Call Issue19 November 2021
Info webinar (optional)2 December 2021 from 14:00-14:45
Info webinar (optional)5 January 2022 from 11:00-11:45
Closing date for submissions19 January 2022 at 16:00
Interview datesw/c 14 February 2022
Award decisions made by Review Panel Meeting23 February 2022
Offer letters and contracts issued2 March 2022
Project acceptance required by9 March 2022
Earliest project start date15 March 2022
Latest project completion date31 August 2024

How to apply

  • Sign up to Inkpath and link to C-DICE. For more details on how, click here.
  • Apply using Inkpath, search for C-DICE activity code DFAB0001 or use the button below.
  • When you sign up for the activity, you will receive a link to an online application form.
  • If you need additional assistance with completing an application or Inkpath, contact Amy Beierholm at a.beierholm@cdice.ac.uk
  • You will need:
    • Applicant and host institution details
    • Narrative CV and track record
    • Research proposal concept and objectives (max 1000 words)
    • Cover letter, including alignment to C-DICE themes (max 250 words)
    • Budget justification and requested funding
    • Career development plan (max 250 words)
    • Statement of Support
    • References

Download the full C-DICE Fellowship guidance below.


C-DICE Peer Reviewers

C-DICE is looking for Peer Reviewers to review applications for C-DICE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2022. Peer Reviewers should be Postdoctoral Researchers, including early career researchers (ECRs), or PhD students in their final year, active in net-zero, infrastructure, cities or energy research. Up to three positions are available, two of which are reserved for Postdoctoral Researchers. Please note that if you are chosen to be a Peer Reviewer, you will not be eligible to apply for a C-DICE Fellowship 2022.

Why should I be a C-DICE Fellowship Peer Reviewer?

  • To gain valuable insight into the grant proposal process
  • To benefit from the mentorship of senior academics who sit alongside you in the review panel
  • Peer Reviewing improves your future grant applications and ultimately increases your chances of winning future grants

C-DICE is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all under-represented groups. It is C-DICE’s policy to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged or receives less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Eligibility

Essential Criteria

  • Currently a Postdoctoral Researcher, including ECRs, or a final year PhD student
  • Area of research aligning with one or more of the following: net-zero, infrastructure, cities or energy
  • Applicants who have passed their viva (or passed with minor corrections) before 12 January 2022 will be considered for one of the postdoctoral places
  • Currently enrolled at or employed by a C-DICE partner institution
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of diversity and inclusion issues and a demonstrated commitment to making progress on these issues, with experience of improving outcomes.

Timeline

Call Issue19 November 2021
Info webinar (optional)2 December 2021 from 14:00-14:45
Info webinar (optional) 5 January 2022 from 11:00-11:45
Closing date for submissions12 January 2022 at 16:00
Applicants selected as C-DICE Peer Reviewers contacted via email18 January 2022

Peer Reviewer Responsibilities

C-DICE Peer Reviewers will be asked to familiarise themselves with the C-DICE programme by reading the briefing note that will be sent to them. They are expected to review research project proposals and score them objectively using a provided scoring sheet in a timely manner. Peer Reviewers will then attend a shortlisting panel meeting online to decide which Fellowship applicants are shortlisted for interview. After the interviews take place (w/c 14 February 2022), Peer Reviewers will attend an online panel meeting to make the final award decisions. 

Peer Reviewers to receive applications to review21 January 2022
Applications reviewed by1 February 2022
Shortlisting panel meeting (online)2-4 February 2022 (TBC)
Award decision panel meeting (online)21-23 February 2022 (TBC)

Application

  • Sign up to Inkpath and link to C-DICE. For more details on how, click here.
  • Apply through Inkpath, using activity code DFAB0002 or use the button below.
  • When you sign up for the activity, you will receive a link to an online application form.
  • If you need additional assistance with completing an application or with using Inkpath, contact Amy Beierholm at a.beierholm@cdice.ac.uk
  • You will need:
    • Applicant details
    • Narrative CV (for guidance, click here)
    • Cover letter (max 300 words)
    • Letters of reference from 2 referees

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