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Postdoctoral Research Grants For Scientists


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Applications for the 2020-2022 Lindemann Trust Fellowships are now open!

ESU Lindemann Trust Fellowships – open for applications. Please apply here

Applications close on Monday 3rd February 2020. 

Scientist in safety equipment handling a syringeThe English-Speaking Union offers up to five 2-year grants a year, each worth $50,000 per annum, for postdoctoral scientists to carry out their research at a host institution in the USA. The Lindemann Trust Fellowships are awarded to graduates who have shown exceptional promise and the capacity to produce original research in the applied sciences. 

These Fellowships enable postdoctoral scientists to pursue research in the USA without financial difficulty, and without being obliged to take up paid employment. We also offer a £1,000 grant to each Fellow to assist with travel costs. Following a legacy left by Brigadier Charles Lindemann, the ESU has run the Fellowships since March 1972. 

Each fellowship lasts for two years and supports research in the fields of astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics and physics. 

To be eligible to apply, candidates must meet the following criteria: 

* Hold British, Irish or Commonwealth citizenship AND be normally resident in the UK 

* Either be in the final stages of your doctoral studies at a UK university or have completed your doctorate at a UK university within the last three academic years 

Candidates will be required to complete an online application form. A Imperial College banner hanging from lampost in quadletter of endorsement from the proposed host institution must be uploaded as part of this application process (please see the below ‘Notes for Host Endorsement Letter’) and two confidential references must be sent directly to the ESU before the application closing date. 

Successful applicants would then be invited to interview with the Lindemann Committee and members of the ESU’s international team. Fellowships may then be taken up any time between September and April of the following academic year. 

For more information please read the below Notes for Applicants and then email with any queries. 


Ben Bartram

Ben Bartram
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