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Newton International Fellowships

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

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The scheme is currently closed to applications.

This scheme provides early career international researchers with an opportunity to build links and undertake a research project for an extended period with leading researchers 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 International Fellowships. This exciting opportunity is supported by UK Government’s Newton Fund.

We will fund, for up to two consecutive years, early career post-doctoral researchers from partner countries to carry out a research project with a host within some of the UK’s first class research environments.  The primary aims of the International Fellowships are to:

  • Support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years.
  • Ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world are supported in the UK.
  • Foster long-term relations between Newton International Fellows and the UK research base.

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Recent Awardees

Dr Ashutosh Rai working with Professor Márta Korbonits at Queen Mary University of London, Understanding the role Cdc42 signalling in non-functioning pituitary tumours

Dr Sarwar Beg working with Professor Kamalinder K Singh at the University of Central Lancashire, Long-acting surface-engineered nanocarrier system for codelivery of temozolomide with polyunsaturated fatty acid for the improved treatment of glioblastoma multiforme

Dr Sudha Shankar working with Professor Andrew Jamieson at the University of Glasgow, Cyclic Peptide Containing Disubstituted β- and γ-amino Acid as Antimicrobial Agents

Dr Priscila Barbosa working with Professor Giovanna Bermano at Robert Gordon University, Investigating the impact of adiposity-redox defence interaction on redox homeostasis and inflammatory and cancer-related pathways in human colonocytes

Mr Antonio Jose Grande working with Professor Seeromane Harding at King's College London, Loss of natural indigenous habitats and adolescent mental health in Latin America and Caribbean

Miss Amanda Sardeli working with Professor Janet Lord at the University of Birmingham, Understanding the influence of physical activity on ageing processes

Dr Jiangping Liu working with Professor Peter Sadler at the University of Warwick, Synergistic light-activated mixed-metal targeted prodrugs for enhanced cancer therapy

Dr Hongru Zhu working with Professor Oliver Robinson at University College London, Brain circuit response to pharmacological and psychological treatments for depression and anxiety across British and Chinese cohorts

Round 5

Dr Jing An working with Dr Huiliang Li at University College London, Towards CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene correction for inherited retinal disease.

Dr Erika Gutierrez-Lara working with Dr Graham Rena at the University of Dundee, Focus on the anti-inflammatory effect of the type 2 diabetes drug metformin in the liver.

Dr Mauricio Hoffmann working with Dr Sara Evans-Lacko at the London School of Economics, Mental health effects on education: mechanisms, impact and policy guidelines.

Dr Dinesh Kumar Kandaswamy working with Professor Marcela Votruba at Cardiff University, Near-infrared light therapy as a therapeutic regimen for inherited optic neuropathy.

Dr Gurmeet Kaur working with Professor Francisco Goycoolea at the University of Leeds, Enhancing the bacterial anti-quorum effect by using chitosan based nanoencapsulation of 1,3-di-m-tolylurea and fluoride against dental caries pathogen Streptococcus mutans.

Mr Terry Kipkorir working with Dr Kristine Arnvig at University College London, Structure and mechanism of a vitamin B12 riboswitch controlling methionine biosynthesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Dr Erin Logan working with Dr Matthew O'Shea at the University of Birmingham, Do eosinophils modulate immunity to tuberculosis?

Dr Santu Saha working with Professor Nicola Curtin at the University of Newcastle, Investigating therapeutic application of PARP inhibitor as chemo-radiosensitiser in cervical cancer and its effect on renal protection.

Dr Dan Wu working with Professor Rosanna Peeling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Learner-centered medical education on antimicrobial resistance: a mixed methods evaluation of a crowdsourcing contest.

Round 6

Dr Michelle Sugimoto working with Professor Derek Gilroy at University College London, The impact of aging on the resolution of acute inflammation in humans and the establishment of long-term tissue memory.

Dr Naile Dame-Texeira working with Dr Thuy Do at the University of Leeds, Effect of mutant bacteria and prebiotics on lesion development in a root caries in vitro model.

Dr Fenglai Xiao working with Professor Matthias Johannes Koepp at University College London, Predicting cognitive recovery and side-effects of treatments for epilepsy.

Dr Zhini He working with Professor Yun Yun Gong at the University of Leeds, Aflatoxin exposure assessment in home-made pressed peanut oil consumers and biomarkers of early health effects.

Dr Wenting Tan working with Professor Rajiv Jalan at University College London, meta-GWAS for inflammatory amplification nodes of acute-on-chronic liver failure in Eastern and Western patients.

Mr Yongming Wang working with Dr Gemma Modinos at King's College London, Neurochemical basis of altered resting-state functional connectivity in early psychosis.

Miss Yidian Gao working with Dr Stephane De Brito at the University of Birmingham, ENIGMA Antisocial Behavior: Multimodal neuroimaging of conduct disorder.

Dr Luis Angel Flores Mejia working with Dr Abbas Dehghan at Imperial College London, Genomic basis of acute and systemic inflammation: predictive markers and causality in systemic infection and pancreatitis.

Round 3

Dr Yuan Tian, working with Dr Graham Wallace at the University of Birmingham, Genetic mutations across the geographical spread of Behcet's Disease define specific cellular pathways

Dr Yajun Wang, working with Dr Huiliang Li at the University College London, Improving the therapeutic potential of adult stem cells for Alzheimer's disease treatment

Mrs Sunitha Balaraju, working with Professor Hanns Lochmüller at the Newcastle University, Congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS) - Molecular and functional characterization of novel genes

Dr Ambarish Paul, working with Dr Ravinder Dahiya at the University of Glasgow, Micro-electrode array as pressure pixels for wearable Blood Pressure Monitoring Device

Mr Arindam Pramanik, working with Professor Paul Millner at the University of Leeds, Cancer therapy & imaging by self assembled polymer nanoparticles: an in-vivo study

Round 4

Dr Aftab Alam working with Mr Adel Helmy at the University of Cambridge, Microglia Dynamics and its Modulation in Traumatic Brain Injury: Enhancing Window of Neuroprotection

Dr Mehrdad Alizadeh Mizani working with Professor Aziz Sheikh at the University of Edinburgh, Developing Novel Approaches To Enhance Privacy Protection In Research Databases

Dr David Escobar-Castillejos working with Dr Fernando Bello at the Imperial College London, Use Of Intelligent Assistants To Enhance Learning On Vr Minimally Invasive Surgery Simulators

Mr Kerneels Jaars working with Dr Kirsti Ashworth at the Lancaster University, Quantifying the contribution of biogenic emissions to air quality in a mega-city

Dr Fuguo Liu working with Professor Chris Secombes at the University of Aberdeen, How is vaccine induced immunity regulated in fish?

Dr Ren Luo working with Professor Rosalind Smyth at the University College London, Different Rsv Genotypes Cause Different Neutrophils Migration And Cytopathology In Airway Epithelium

Dr Francieli Ruiz Da Silva working with Professor Malcolm von Schantz at the University of Surrey, Circadian Rhythms And Sleep In The Baependi Heart Study Cohort

Ms Sheon Mary Samji working with Professor Christian Delles at the University of Glasgow, Investigation Of Uromodulin Polymerisation In Development And Progression Of Hypertension

Round 1

Dr Vanessa Fontana working with Professor Munir Pirmohamed FMedSci at the University of Liverpool, Identification of efficacy predictors for clopidogrel using integrated systems pharmacology approach

Dr Mario Juruena working with Professor Allan Young at the King's College London, Mineralocorticoid Receptor assessment in Bipolar Depression with Early Life Stress

Dr Ziqi Lin working with Professor Cheng Hock Toh at the University of Liverpool, Circulating histones index disease severity in acute pancreatitis and other critical illness

Dr Wuxiang Xie working with Professor Paul Elliott FMedSci at the Imperial College London, Dose–response relationship between air pollution and cardiovascular disease in Beijing

Round 2

Dr Yu Deng working with Professor Rosalind Smyth FMedSci at the University College London, Investigating of the role of neutrophils in RSV-induced epithelial damage

Dr Reena Dsouza working with Professor Philip Goulder at the University of Oxford, Virologic, Genetic and Immune Mechanisms in Non-Progressing Paediatric HIV Infection in India

Dr Kuppuraj Sengottuvel working with Professor Dorothy Bishop FRS FMedSci at the University of Oxford, Why do some children find language hard to learn? A crosslinguistic comparison of learning processes

Dr Cesar Mendoza Martinez working with Dr Julien Michel at the University of Edinburgh, Selective Protein Inhibition by Molecules Inducers of Protein Order

Dr Subhadip Paul working with Dr Sagnik Bhattacharyya at the King's College London, Investigating the role of altered brain network dynamics and connectivity in Schizophrenia


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