• Research School Irregular

    Published: Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    A newsletter for PGR

    [ top ]Research School Irregular

    Roll up.. Roll up. On 27th July It's the School Pot Luck and Shindig!

    27th July 2018 from 3pm it's the School Pot Luck and Shindig and you are all invited!

    Where? Its in the Common Room!

    The School will provide drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and small snacks but we hope you will put your culinary skills to the test and bring food to share. You can even buy food to share if you prefer. 

    * 3pm to start, then at 3.30pm our very own Deputy HoS, Uli Sattler will open proceedings. 

    * DJ Jezmas will be on the decks providing some summer tunes.

    * A summer afternoon, drinks, lovely food, music, and great company!

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    [ top ]Professional Development (and Networks)

    The Schmidt Science Fellows Program

    The Schmidt Science Fellows Program has just launched the nomination and application process for the next round of Fellows for commencement in 2019-2020.  The quality of nominations and applications was outstanding and they were thrilled to be able to announce the first Fellows in April at a ceremony in New York.

    We have now opened the nominations process for the second class of Schmidt Science Fellows, for commencement in 2019-2020 and we are aiming to increase the number of fellowships we award. The selection of initial applicants will continue to take place through nomination from the world’s leading science institutions and the Schmidt Science Fellows Program would value nominations from the University of Manchester.

    The aim is to provide the world’s best emerging scientists with new perspectives, skills and networks so they can develop novel solutions to society’s challenges. Global problems do not follow discipline boundaries and, therefore, require interdisciplinary science approaches to find solutions. The Schmidt Science Fellows Program has a unique interdisciplinary emphasis and aims to expand the horizons of the next generation of leaders and innovators in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computing. They want to enhance the ability of the world’s most promising new scientists to develop cutting-edge research, and equip them with the skills to serve as leaders in their fields and in society.

    Nominations are welcome for our most outstanding, intellectually first-rate PhD students in the natural sciences and computing due who will complete their PhDs by July 2019. Successful Fellows are expected to combine scientific curiosity with extraordinary academic achievement. They should have demonstrated a collaborative spirit and have the ambition to make a lasting impact in science and in society, conducting research and pursuing knowledge that will benefit the world.

    Fellows receive a stipend of $100,000 and are supported by the Program to undertake a full-time, 11-month or longer postdoctoral study in a world-leading laboratory in a field different from their existing area of expertise. Fellows also spend five weeks during their fellowship year at four residential meetings around the globe. In these meetings the fellows are introduced to new research ideas, techniques and questions and are exposed to a wide-range of leading thinkers and institutions. The meetings also begin to foster a lifelong Schmidt Science Fellows community.

    The Program is supported by the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust.

    The selection process is being run fia Faculty and so you need to nominate by Monday 6 August 2018 – I just need information on the student and their suitability (the eligibility/criteria for selection is below) back to simon.harper@manchester.ac.uk . 


    In order to be eligible for nomination and potential selection as a Schmidt Science Fellow, candidates must meet the following requirements:

    • Have conducted their graduate degree in the natural sciences (life, physical, and earth sciences), engineering, mathematics, or computing.
    • Have completed or expect to complete all of the requirements for the conferral of their PhD in one of these fields between 1 May 2018 and 30 June 2019.
    • Be available for the entire period of the 2019-2020 program, from July 2019 to July 2020.

    Selection criteria

    Applications for the Schmidt Science Fellows program will be judged against the following selection criteria:

    • Scientific curiosity - Desire to achieve a broad level of exposure to and knowledge in cutting-edge innovations and research across the sciences.
    • Extraordinary achievement - Clear record of academic achievement in the sciences at leading institutions of higher learning.
    • Intellectual spark - High degree of intelligence, energy, and intellectual curiosity that will drive future scientific discoveries.
    • Global ambitions - The will to make a lasting impact in the sciences and society, pursuing knowledge that will benefit the world by engaging in ambitious research and displaying great perseverance throughout the scientific process.
    • Character - A genuine and demonstrable interest in society and global challenges combined with a desire to use personal talents and expertise to make a positive difference in the world .
    • Collaborative spirit - Demonstrated history of effective collaboration with diverse team members.
    • Use of innovative tools - General interest and comfort in using innovative technological tools, such as modern computing and data science techniques.
    • Alignment with the Program - Interest in pursuing a year or more of postdoctoral study in a field different from the topic of study for which the applicant received their doctorate. 
    gravatar Simon Harper

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