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

Peer review

The application process for a Daphne Jackson Fellowship is competitive, and the Trust uses peer review to ensure that individuals awarded a Fellowship have a strong chance of making a successful return to a STEM career. 

Technical referees
Daphne Jackson Fellowships are hosted in university laboratories and industrial companies which undertake research and development. Each proposal comprises a technically challenging research project and a training programme of at least 100 hours in each year of the fellowship.

Once the Trust Fellowship Advisor has reviewed the proposal, one or more independent technical referees will be asked to review the planned work. These are independent experts in the area that the applicant will be working in, and they will comment on the scientific validity of the project as well as the likelihood of someone with the candidate’s background being able to successfully complete the work. 

The referees will take into account that the applicant has had a career break and will be asked to assess the training programme to ensure it gives the candidate the correct skills and knowledge they need to successfully complete the fellowship. 

The Daphne Jackson Trust also requires references from those who have known the applicant in a professional capacity. Further details can be found in our Guidelines for referees

Referees will be expected to comment on how long they have known the candidate and in what context. Also about the candidate’s abilities, skills and achievements, leadership and team working, how creative and responsible they are as well as their initiative, dedication and perseverance. The referee should include comments on the personal qualities of the candidate and how they would expect the candidate to make use of a fellowship opportunity.