Each Daphne Jackson Fellow has a primary and a secondary supervisor based within the host organisation. Each supervisor must have experience of guiding students at PhD level.

The primary supervisor usually takes responsibility for guiding the majority of the Fellow’s training and research programme. Secondary supervisors have varying levels of involvement depending on the host, the project and the subject specialism. Supervisors must consider what alternative arrangements will be in place should they be away from the facility for an extended period of time.

The aim of Daphne Jackson Fellowships is to remove the barriers that a career break can create for those wishing to return to research. Many candidates have been out of the workplace for several years and lack confidence. The majority will need the support and assistance of their supervisors in crafting of their Fellowship proposal, timescales to undertake the research and goals – including research impacts and outcomes. The Daphne Jackson Trust should be made aware if there are any pressing timescales associated with the research project to be undertaken by the Fellow such as seasonality of data collection.

The Fellowship proposal must include a challenging research project and a retraining programme tailored to the needs of the individual Fellow, taking account of how long they have been away from research. Retraining may include working alongside researchers in the department as well as advanced lectures, short courses, seminars, research meetings, other in-house training and conferences. The remaining time is spent working on the research project under the guidance of a supervisor. The research proposal will be subject to independent peer review prior to award. Comments and critique should be acknowledged or defended, with alterations to the proposal made as required to accommodate these.

It is likely that the candidate will need to visit their host organisation on several occasions before a Fellowship is awarded to meet the research team they will be working with and become familiar with day-to-day working practices and requirements.

If successful, the candidate will become a Daphne Jackson Fellow and an employee of the host organisation. The supervisor will be required to report on their progress after the first six months and they will be asked to endorse the Fellow’s final report.

Further details can be found in our guidelines for supervisors. 

If you would like to find out more about supervising a Daphne Jackson Fellow, please contact us.