Newton Advanced Fellowships

The Academy of Medical Sciences offers Newton Advanced Fellowships to support early to mid-career international researchers from partner countries.

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The scheme is closed to applications. 

This scheme provides established international researchers with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research group through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. The skills and knowledge gained should lead to changes in the wellbeing of communities and increased economic benefits.


For example of people who have received Newton funding, read our case studies.

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About the scheme

The Academy of Medical Sciences is delighted to be working with the Royal Society and British Academy to offer Newton Advanced Fellowships. This exciting opportunity is supported by UK Government’s Newton Fund.

We will fund, for up to three years, early career group and network leaders in partner countries to develop their research by linking them with some of the best research groups in the UK. The primary aims of the Advanced Fellowships are to:

  • Support the development of a well-trained research community who can contribute to advancing economic development and social welfare of the partner country, by transferring new skills and creating new knowledge.
  • Strengthen research excellence in the partner country by supporting promising independent early to mid-career researchers and their research groups and networks.
  • Establish long term collaborative links between the next generation of research leaders, and their groups and networks in the partner country, and the UK, to benefit both research communities.

For further information please contact [email protected].

Recent Awardees

Round 10 - July 2019

Mrs Leila Leal working with Dr Maria Begona Delgado-Charro at the University of Bath, Improving the performance of topical treatments for nail disease: targeting onychomycosis, an unmet medical need.

Dr Christian Keiling working with Dr Valeria Mondelli at King's College London, Developing Biological Research Expertise for Identifying Depression Early in Adolescence.

Dr Luis da Silva working with Dr Colin M Crump at the University of Cambridge, Uncovering virus-cell interactions important for the assembly and egress of orthobunyaviruses.

Round 11 - February 2020

Professor Yao Sun working with Professor Paul Sharpe at King's College London, The key role of primary cilia in determining tooth morphogenesis.

Professor Haibo Jia working with Professor Thomas William Johnson at the University of Bristol, Mechanism of Tar-Induced Pyroptosis of Human Coronary Endothelial Cell in Myocardial Infarction Caused by Plaque Erosion.

Professor Peiying Li working with Professor Johannes Boltze at the University of Warwick, Intermittent fasting mediated metabolic reprogramming reshapes the T cell immunity and preserves white matter integrity after stroke.

Professor Huiyu Liu working with Professor Zhanfeng Cui at the University of Oxford, Directed differentiation of stem cell by nanozymes for neurodegenerative disease therapy.

Round 12 - July 2020

Professor Andre Brunoni working with Dr Jacinta O'Shea at the University of Oxford, Developing brain imaging analysis expertise for predicting treatment response to brain stimulation in geriatric depression.

Dr Clarissa Gurgel Rocha working with Professor Daniel William Lambert at the University of Sheffield, Cancer-associated fibroblasts: culprits or victims in cannibalism of oral squamous cell carcinoma cells?

Dr Cristiane Silvestre de Paula working with Dr Sara Evans-Lacko at the London School of Economics and Political Science, The influence of cash transfer programme on mental health and school performance among young people exposed to violence in Brazil.

Round 8  -  July 2018

Dr Adrienne Edkins working with Professor Adrian Whitehouse at the University of Leeds, Elucidating the role of the molecular co-chaperone STIP1/HOP in KSHV biology.

Dr Carla Daniela Robles Espinoza working with Professor Timothy Bishop at the University of Leeds, Investigation of genetic risk factors for acral lentiginous melanoma development.

Dr Maia Lesosky working with Dr Kevin Mortimer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Biostatistical Methods for Bayesian Analysis of Multilevel Models of Lung Health in Africa.

Dr Floriano Silva Jr working with Dr Nicholas Furnham at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Strengthening Skills On Structure-Based Drug Discovery For Novel Anti-Schistosomal therapeutics.

Round 9  -  December 2018

Professor Boxun Lu working with Professor Shouqing Luo at the University of Plymouth, Compounds tethering autophagosmes and mutant HTT for clearance: a new strategy for selective removal.

Professor Hui Wang working with Professor Francois Balloux at University College London, Identification of evolutionary mechanisms and biomarkers in carbapenem-resistant hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Round 6  -  December 2017

Dr Marcos Chiaratti working with Professor Patrick Chinnery at the University of Cambridge, Modeling the human mitochondrial bottleneck in vitro

Dr Andre Fujita working with Professor Janaina Mourao-Miranda at the University College London, A model-based graph clustering approach for autism stratification

Dr Juan Jose Plata-Munoz working with Professor Robert Possee at the Oxford Brookes University, Gene Therapy Applications for Human Organ and Cell Transplantation:recovery of organs

Professorr De Wet Swanepoel working with Professor Hannah Kuper at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, An integrated mHealth approach for hearing and vision services and population-based surveys

Dr Xavier Gomez-Olive working with Professor Malcolm von Schantz at the University of Surrey, Timing, quality, and physiology of sleep in a deprived community cohort in South Africa and their relationship with chronic disease

Round 7  -  December 2017

Professor Min Lu working with Professor Xin Lu at the University of Oxford, Sensitizing epithelial cancer cells to arsenic trioxide induced-cell death by reactivating p53

Dr Wei Zhao working with Professor Jan Rehwinkel at the University of Oxford, The function and mechanism of USP1/UAF1 deubiquitinase complex in cGAS-dependent immune responses to HIV-1

Professor Daoqiang Zhang working with Professor Liangxiu Han at the Manchester Metropolitan University, Big-Data Driven Intelligent Analysis of High Dimensional Multimodal Neuroimaging Data and its Application to Brain Disease Diagnosis

Round 4  - July 2016

Dr Freedom Gumedze working with Professor Jane Hutton at the University of Warwick, Robust statistical methods and statistical diagnostic techniques for multivariate longitudinal and survival data in health research

Dr Daniel Mograbi working with Dr Aimee Spector at the University College London, Brazilian adaptation and validation of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for dementia

Dr Tamer Onder working with Professor Udo Oppermann at the University of Oxford, Discovery and use of novel epigenetic chemical probes in reprogramming and induced pluripotent stem cell generation

Dr Karl-Heinz Storbeck working with Professor Wiebke Arlt FMedSci at the University of Birmingham, Ultra-performance convergence chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPC2-MS/MS) for steroid analyses: bridging the gap between GC-MS and LC-MS/MS.

Dr Daniel Mansur working with Professor Ian Goodfellow at the University of Cambridge, Mechanisms of Dengue virus translation and translation restriction mediated by IFITs

Round 5  -  December 2016

Dr Xinling Feng working with Professor Carine Ronsman at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Inequalities along the continuum of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health services in China

Professor Xi Zhou working with Professor Stephen Curry at the Imperial College London, Functional and Structural Studies of 2C and 2C-like Proteins from Picornavirus and Norovirus

Dr Lei Shi working with Professor Zoltán Molnár at the University of Oxford, Roles of subplate-secreted factors in cortical development

Round 1  -  January 2015

Professor Gong Cheng working with Professor George Christophides at the Imperial College London, Mosquito C-type lectins facilitate dengue infection

Dr Karen Cohen working with Professor Munir Pirmohamed FMedSci at the University of Liverpool, Drug induced liver injury due to anti-tuberculosis treatment: predictive mechanism based biomarkers and genetic associations.

Dr Ruben Fossion working with Professor Maia Angelova at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Loss of complexity of human physiological signals with ageing and degenerative disease

Dr Julia Goedecke working with Professor Brian Walker at the University of Edinburgh, Non-communicable disease risk in black South Africans: dissecting the role of glucocorticoids.

Professor Augusto Afonso Guerra Junior working with Professor Marion Bennie at the University of Strathclyde, Prospective cohort of patients, systematic review and deterministic-probabilistic record linkage from the databases: Brazilian National Health System (SUS), elo Horizonte. Minas Gerais

Dr Wenlin Li working with Dr Huiliang Li at the University College London, Towards rapid and efficient production of oligodendrocyte precursors from human pluripotent stem cells

Dr Lisa Micklesfield working with Dr Soren Brage at the University of Cambridge, Physical activity and components of body composition and growth in cohorts of black South African participants at different stages in the life course

Professor Marlien Pieters working with Dr Bernard Keavney at the University of Manchester, The role of plasma levels and genetics of haemostatic factors in cardiovascular disease development in Africans

Dr Yang Wang working with Dr Judy Coulson at the University of Liverpool, Mechanistic study of the reduction of RBM4 in cancer and its role in regulating the oncogenic SRSF1

Dr Qi Yang working with Professor René Botnar at the King's College London, 3.0T Magnetic Resonance Delayed Enhancement Vessel Wall Imaging in Patients with Type 1 and 2 Diabetes

Round 2  -  June 2015

Dr Kirsty Donald working with Dr Sarah Halligan at the University of Bath, Children exposed to trauma and violence in a high risk LMIC setting: elucidating risk and resilience for early health, behavior and development

Dr Tatiana El-Bacha working with Professor Graham J Burton FMedSci at the University of Cambridge, IN PROGRESS: Innovative placental research in obesity and related inflammatory processes- with advances in mitochondrial function and food bioactives

Professor Frank Tanser working with Professor Andrew Phillips FMedSci at the University College London, An epidemic in retreat? Establishing the population impact of combination prevention strategies in a resource-poor, hyper-endemic rural African population

Round 3  -  December 2015

Dr Xiaoyu Hu working with Dr Ines Pineda-Torra at the University College London, Regulation of intestinal macrophage functions and gut immune homeostasis by the Notch-IRF8 axis

Professor Guangjun Nie working with Dr Sheng Qi at the University of East Anglia, Scalable fabrication of particle-in-fiber nanoformulation for targeted oral drug delivery and effective treatment of cancer

Dr Cheng-Feng Qin working with Dr Andrew Davidson at the University of Bristol, Targeted Proteomic Analysis of Chimeric Dengue Vaccine Candidates and the Host Response.

Dr Bin Zhao working with Dr Nicolas Tapon at the Francis Crick Institute, The role of Hippo signaling spatial dynamics in organ size control and cancer


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