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Biophysical Sciences Institute

Biophysical Sciences Institute Senior Fellowships

BSI Fellowship Scheme

Durham Biophysical Sciences Institute 1+1 Fellowships

The Durham Biophysical Sciences Institute 1+1 Fellowship Scheme is designed to attract lively, inventive and influential figures in biophysical sciences research, to provide them with an environment in Durham that will challenge their thinking and ours and to develop new and sustainable collaborations. 

These innovative Fellowships are aimed at Senior Academics who are unable to take a traditional length Fellowship (of six weeks to 6 months), but who are eager to engage with the Durham University academic community. Typically the 1+1 Fellowships will take place over the summer months. 

The 1+1 Fellowships will take the form of a visit to Durham by a Senior Academic (the 1+1 Senior Fellow) and a concurrent visit by a junior member of their research group or a junior colleague from their home institution (1+1 Junior Fellow) who would then remain in Durham after the departure of the 1+1 Senior Fellow for a longer period (from two to six months). The Senior Fellow’s visit to Durham can be split into two periods providing each visit lasts two or more weeks. 

2013/14 is the final year that the 1+1 Fellowship Scheme will be offered. Typically one Fellowship is offered per year, however, this depends on the length of the Fellows’ visits and in exceptional circumstances two can be offered.

What the Durham Biophysical Sciences Institute 1+1 Fellowship offers

A 1+1 Fellowship provides the holder with the novel opportunity to develop their research and ideas, form collaborations and share ideas and techniques, without the difficulty of taking a break from ongoing research. The process would be started by their presence in Durham and continue through the embedding of their junior colleague in their collaborators research groups.

Durham University will cover the costs associated with the Senior and Junior Research Fellows travelling to and from Durham from their home institution (return fare – economy class), accommodation during their visit and will provide all 1+1 Junior Fellows with an honorarium (£1,920 for six months, prorated for shorter stays).

How to Apply

To apply for a Biophysical Sciences Institute Fellowship, even when invited by a Durham Academic, you must supply the following application materials which are discussed in more detail below:

  • A letter of application;
  • A Curriculum Vitae/ Résumé;
  • Fellowship proposal (1 page recommended, maximum of 3 pages);
  • Letter of support from the host Department/School. 

The Fellowship research proposal can be written by the applicant or, with the applicant's consent, by the host.

Application Materials

Letter of Application

In your letter of application you should make clear the duration of the Fellowship, and if at all possible the specific dates that you would like to spend in Durham. These will ideally fall between the 20 of June and the end of September 2015.

Please also indicate in the letter of application if you will be accompanied by a spouse or partner and/or if you have a family that will be travelling with you. However, please note that accommodation suitable for families is limited and that the BSI cannot, therefore, guarantee that such accommodation will be provided. The BSI cannot cover the costs of family travel and subsistence.

Curriculum Vitae/Résumé

Please include in your Curriculum Vitae/Résumé evidence of your research track record and career to date, and of your international standing and affiliations.

Fellowship Proposal

The Fellowship proposal should be a maximum of 2 pages and should include:

  • Details of your planned activity whilst holding a Biophysical Sciences Institute Fellowship;
  • How your planned research will fit with the BSI's interdisciplinary approach (for more details about BSI research areas please visit;
  • Details of new contacts and impact on the research community that you envisage making at Durham.

Application Evaluation

All applications will be considered carefully by the BSI Executive Committee against the following evaluation criteria:

Criterion 1. International standing and contribution of the candidate to his/her field, as appropriate to the career stage of the candidate;

Criterion 2. Quality of proposed activities while holding the Fellowship, particularly the potential to stimulate new biophysical science collaborations;

Criterion 3. Contribution to the BSI research community and the wider scholarly community at Durham;

Criterion 4. Collegiality and ability to contribute to the University community;

The sources of information for assessing applications include the application materials provided by the applicant, publicly accessible information (including published articles or books, personal and professional websites) and advice sought from experts within or outside of Durham University.

Closing Date

Please email your application to the BSI Administrator, Alex Probert, by no later than 23 of January 2015


Tel: +44(0)191 3342351


Contact Details

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