Opportunity for early career academics from Thailand to spend up to a year at Imperial


Applications are now open

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Funded by the UK Government’s International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF) and delivered in partnership with the British Council, the Early Career Fellowship scheme will enable three early career researchers from Thailand who have recently completed a research qualification (PhD or equivalent), to complete visiting placements within the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis (GIDA) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (Jameel institute). Placements will commence in the 2024/25 academic year. 

MRC GIDA is an international centre of excellence for research and training in epidemiology, infectious disease modelling, pathogen genomics and health economics. The Jameel Institute focuses on containing health emergencies, strengthening health systems and building partnerships and capacity. Within these remits, the programme seeks to support fellows to collaborate internationally and gain access to new research environments, facilities, and expertise in order to enhance the quality of their research and support translation into economic and societal benefit. Research must be compliant with ODA research aims and have potential for outcomes that promote the sustainable socio-economic development of countries in the cohort.  

The deadline for submission is Sunday 23 June 23.59 (BST)



The Early Career Fellowship will support recent PhD (or equivalent) graduates from Thailand to undertake a visiting research placement for 6 - 12 months based at Imperial’s School of Public Health's new White City Campus.

Fellows will have a supervisor within MRC GIDA or the Jameel Institute, as well as access to Imperial’s academic and professional support provided to all early career academics. Eligible supervisors can be identified on the MRC GIDA and Jameel Institute’s webpages.  

Placements can be 6 to 12 months and can begin from between September and November 2024, in agreement with the host institute.  

The Fellowship will provide: 

  • A non-taxable stipend of £31K per annum 
  • £8,000 per 12 months (pro rata for shorter fellowships) for research-related expenses. This can contribute to consumables, small equipment, travel and subsistence within the UK, publication costs, or other expenses related directly to the research project.   
  • IELTS exam fee (for scholars without a valid Test of English) 
  • Return economy-class travel from home country to UK 
  • Visa, insurance and NHS surcharge costs 


To be eligible for the ISPF Early Career Fellowship, you must: 

  • Be a permanent resident of Thailand.
  • Be an early career researcher -  recently completed a research or academic qualification (PhD or equivalent) and not be in an established academic post with a research-related role or function.
  • Meet the English language requirement of Imperial College London.
  • The scheme is open to everyone meeting the eligibility criteria, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

You are also required to show in your application form that: 

  • You have a plan for the research activities to be undertaken during your placement, and their relationship to your PhD or previous work, to show this will contribute to your career development.
  • You are willing to demonstrate future contribution to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement through the benefits achieved after completing the Fellowship and returning to your home country.
  • You have a plan and a passion to engage other early career researchers from your home country.
  • You agree to your personal data being shared with the British Council as a condition of applying for the bursary and agree to maintain contact with the British Council for purposes of monitoring and evaluation during and after your fellowship.

You are not eligible for an ISPF Early Career Fellowship if you: 

  • Are an employee of the British Council or the UK Scottish, Welsh, or Northern Irish governments.
  • Are currently in receipt of financial support or funding towards any other programme in the UK from any other sources 

How to apply

Applications are now open and can be completed online here until  Sunday 23 June 23.59 (BST).

In order to complete the application, applicants will need to provide: 

  1. Details on background to show how the eligibility criteria are met.
  2. A two-page academic CV
  3. A case for support for the fellowship (up to four sides), including:
    1. A description of your recent work and any planned research outputs
    2. Areas of research you are interested in as aligned with the research of MRC GIDA and/or the Jameel Institute
    3. A scientific case for the fellowship
    4. Specific training, in research techniques or methods, that will be enabled by this fellowship
    5. How you think this placement would help in your contribution to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement in your country?
    6. Demonstrate a plan and a passion to engage other early career researchers from your home country.
    7. Your motivation for applying and plans for your future career advancement.
  4. A letter of recommendation from your PhD institution, preferably your PhD supervisor or advisor, addressing your skills and suitability for the placement. 

Further questions

For any concerns about academic matters, the application process or other technical issues, please contact:

International Relations Office
Imperial College London
Faculty Building Level 2
South Kensington Campus