Kathleen Lonsdale Research Fellowship

Supporting Early-career Researchers

The ICAM Kathleen Lonsdale Research Fellowship offers a first step to build an independent research career for exceptional scientists and engineers who have a current need for flexible or special support.

ICAM Kathleen Lonsdale Research Fellows are chosen based on the scientific merit of their research and how it fits ICAM’s vision to enable the effective application of advanced materials for the transition to net zero.

Successful ICAM Kathleen Lonsdale Research Fellows who are about to start their first year are eligible to apply for an ICAM Research Grant of circa £100k, as well as being encouraged and supported to apply for external research funding.

There is currently no active application round for the Kathleen Lonsdale Research Fellowship.

Dr Ahu Gümrah Dumanli-Parry talks about her experiences as a Kathleen Lonsdale Research Fellow

Funding Research Careers

The bp-ICAM Kathleen Lonsdale Research Fellowship offers:
• The possibility of a highly flexible working pattern, including part-time working, converting from full-time to part-time and back, sabbaticals and secondments;
• The possibility of claiming limited funds to enable the applicant to take on family responsibilities, where these can be justified on scientific grounds, e.g. childcare or other caregiving costs during collaborative visits or when speaking at a conference; and
• The possibility of claiming limited funds for special support to take care of impairment, disability or health issues.

Promoting Low Carbon Research

The research project’s explored in the fellowship fall within the ICAM Advanced Materials remit, which includes the Enduring Themes of Low Carbon Energy, Sustainable Operations and Underpinning Science. For the Kathleen Lonsdale Fellowship, ICAM is especially interested in the focus areas of Hydrogen, Electrification, Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) and the Circular Economy.

Who is Eligible

Candidates can apply to this scheme if they:

  • Have a PhD in a relevant subject, including Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science or related disciplines;
  • Are of any nationality and will be conducting their research in one of the ICAM universities: The University of Manchester, Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge in the UK or the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US;
  • Can demonstrate excellence in science and in particular in one of the subjects covered above.
  • Are at an early stage of their research career. Career breaks and time spent outside the research environment will be taken into consideration; and
  • Are in current need for flexible support due to personal circumstances at the time of application and for the duration of the fellowship.

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