You can hold the bursary at any UK institution which has a recognised expertise in areas funded by STFC. You are responsible for identifying and contacting a suitable host university and research group to act as your host during the period of the bursary.
We strongly encourage institutions to provide appropriate support for returners in research, such as mentoring or role model schemes, and support in developing an application for future funding.
Many departments advertise opportunities to apply for STFC fellowships on their websites.
You can apply for a maximum of £2,500.
The return to research support bursary will fund reasonable costs connected to visiting the host institution to develop your application for future funding. Other eligible costs include childcare or other care, and travel to the host institute or to meetings.
Where the costs are for care, we expect that this will be mainly for registered or approved carers. The care must be provided by someone eligible to work in the UK.
You must provide evidence of these expenses before STFC can refund your costs.
Successful applicants may undertake their proposed programme of activities in parallel with part-time employment, either at the host institution or elsewhere.
We expect bursary holders to produce a proposal to the STFC fellowship scheme. You may also contribute to an application for project funding provided that you are a named researcher.
If you are unable to produce a proposal, you should submit a short report outlining:
- the activities you have undertaken
- any outcomes from this work
- the reasons why it has not been possible to produce a proposal.
Find out about current bursary holders on the Gateway to Reseach Portal.