52 Daphne Jackson Fellows are currently in post at 35 universities around the UK

Guidelines for supervisors

A Daphne Jackson Fellowship supervisor must be a research supervisor in the host organisation and have experience in guiding students at PhD level.

The aim of the Fellowship is to remove the barriers that a career break can create for those wishing to return to STEM research. Many candidates have been out of the workplace for a number of years and lack confidence. This means a majority of candidates will need support and will require the assistance of their supervisor in producing a Fellowship proposal.

The Fellowship proposal includes a challenging research project and a training programme tailored to the individual's needs and taking account of how long they have been away from the workplace. The research project will be subject to an independent peer review prior to award. Further details of the application process are available on our fellowship pages.

If successful, the candidate will become an employee of the host organisation. The candidate is likely to visit their host organisation on several occasions  to meet the research team they will be working in and become familiar with day to day working practices and requirements. 

Supervisors must consider what alternative arrangements will be in place to cover supervision should they be away from the facility for an extended period of time.

The Daphne Jackson Trust should be made aware if there are any pressing timescales associated with the research to be undertaken by the Fellow eg. seasonality of data collection.

The arrangements between the Daphne Jackson Trust and the host institution are set out in the Guidelines for host organisations.

In most cases, the application process for the Fellowship will take 6-9 months or more. If the candidate is applying for a regular fellowship, rather than sponsored fellowship, the Trust will strive to obtain sponsorship throughout the application process, but funding may not always be in place at the time of approval of the award. A Daphne Jackson Fellowship may not begin until funding has been secured.

Once the Fellowship is in place at the host organisation, the supervisor will be required to report on the Fellow’s progress after the first six months and will be asked to endorse the Fellow’s final report.

Further details can be found in our Guidelines for supervisors, or alternatively, please contact us.