If your question about Daphne Jackson Fellowships is not answered below, please contact us.
Who pays my research costs?
Daphne Jackson Fellowships cover your salary but do not provide bench fees and consumables. This is expected to be met by the host organisation and low cost projects are encouraged such as computer modelling. Occasionally some advertised sponsored Fellowships may provide some money towards consumables. In addition to the salary, each Fellow is given £1500 per year towards their extraordinary expenses which would include retraining costs such as conference registration, learned society membership and travel costs to training courses.
Who provides my salary?
The Fellowships are funded by external organisations such as UKRI and learned societies – please visit ‘Sponsors’ for more information. The Daphne Jackson Trust does not provide the funding but acts as a facilitator between the sponsor and the Fellow.
What flexible working options are available during a Fellowship?
The Fellowships are usually for two or three years (depending on the sponsorship arrangement) at 0.5 FTE (full-time equivalent). How you work your FTE is entirely between yourself and your supervisor and we encourage you to be creative to fit around your other commitments and the nature of the project. For example, and if relevant, some Fellows like to work more hours in school term time and fewer in the school holidays.
What determines if a Fellowship is for two or three years?
The Fellowships are funded by external organisations such as UKRI, host organisations, medical charities and learned societies. Some sponsors have the capacity to fund a three year Fellowship while others can budget for two. Therefore, the length of the Fellowship is determined by the level of sponsorship the Daphne Jackson Trust can facilitate.
How long does my career break need to be?
To be eligible for a Fellowship, a break from research of two years or more is required. The career break must have started for a family, caring or health reason. Non-research work taken on since you left research can be considered part of your career break depending on circumstances. Please contact us if you are unsure.
My career break was 18 months. Am I eligible for a Fellowship?
No, a minimum two year break from research is required. Non-research work taken on since you left research can be considered part of your career break depending on circumstances. Please contact us if you are unsure.
Is there a maximum length of career break?
No, we will consider any length of career break over two years but you must have a first degree in a science, engineering, technology or mathematics (STEM) discipline and a PhD or at least three years equivalent research experience (academic or industrial) with evidence of scholarly outputs.
How long must I have worked before having a break?
You must have as a minimum a first degree in a science, engineering, technology or mathematics (STEM) discipline and a PhD or at least three years equivalent research experience (academic or industrial) with evidence of scholarly outputs.
Does it matter what my break was for?
Your career break must have been for family, caring or health reasons.
Do I have to have a PhD to be eligible for a Fellowship?
No, but you must have a first degree in a science, engineering, technology or mathematics (STEM) discipline and at least three years equivalent research experience (academic or industrial) with evidence of scholarly outputs but a PhD is preferable. Unfortunately, incomplete PhD studies do not contribute to three years of equivalent research experience but please contact the Trust if you are unsure.
I am a science teacher, do I fit the criteria for a Fellowship?
If you have retrained as a science teacher during your career break this would not make you ineligible as long as you have a first degree in a science, engineering, technology or mathematics (STEM) discipline and a PhD or at least three years equivalent research experience (academic or industrial) with evidence of scholarly outputs prior to your break from research.
I had the opportunity to do some research during my career break, does that matter?
If you did any paid research during your career break, you will not be eligible for one of our Fellowships.
If you did research on a voluntary basis, it may affect your eligibility – we would encourage a small amount of voluntary work (around 2 – 4 weeks) for you to see for yourself whether returning to research is something you want to commit to. If you work voluntarily as a researcher for longer periods of time, you may have done a large amount of retraining already, which would mean that you are not eligible for one of our Fellowships as retraining is a core element of the Fellowship. Please contact the Trust if you are unsure.
Do I have to remain in the UK after my Fellowship?
Fellowships are for those who are resident in the UK and ideally intend to remain in the UK following their Fellowships.
My English is very poor, am I still eligible?
To maximise your chances of obtaining a Fellowship, you must be able to speak and write English fluently. It is advisable to obtain some lessons to improve your language skills if your English is not fluent.
Are the Fellowships just for women?
No, Fellowships are for men and women.
How much will I get paid?
Each host organisation has different pay scales and you will be paid on a scale in relation to other researchers in the department or organisation.
Will I have to work set hours?
Your hours are decided between your supervisor and you, and can be flexible to suit your work.
Will I have the opportunity to attend conferences?
Yes, attendance at conferences is normal during the Fellowship and can often help with networking and making contacts that will help in securing a position after completion of the fellowship.
Do you offer your Fellows any training courses?
All of our Fellows take part in three tailor-made courses organised by the Trust during their Fellowship. The three courses cover professional skills, how to publish and how to improve your confidence. It is a great opportunity to meet and network with other Fellows. Other training courses are usually provided by the host.
Is there any money provided for me to go to conferences or training courses?
Each Fellow is given £1500 per year as extraordinary expenses to pay for the costs associated with attending conferences or training courses. For example, costs could include conference registration, learned society membership or travel costs to training courses.
How long will it take from when I apply for a Fellowship to when I start?
The application process takes approximately a year from the date when the forms are submitted to being awarded. Please see the application process section of the website for further details.
Is applying for a Fellowship a competitive process?
Yes, there is an element of competition. Sponsored Fellowships enable the sponsor to choose the candidate that they wish to sponsor. You would therefore be in competition with other applicants for a sponsored Fellowship.
Should I carry on applying for other jobs, other fellowships and funding while going through the application process for a Daphne Jackson Fellowship?
Yes. Our goal is for you to return to work after a career break, if you don’t need one of our Fellowships to do that, that’s great and it means that we are able to help others who do need our help.
Do you give grants or fund PhDs?
No, this is not within our remit.
Can my partner be the supervisor for my project?
We appreciate that it is quite common for the partner of a Daphne Jackson Fellow to have an established career in a research field similar to that of a Daphne Jackson Fellowship. Despite this, the Trust does not feel it is appropriate for the partner to be the supervisor as there is a conflict of interest even if you have worked together before your career break. This is in line with the policy of many UK Universities and research institutes.