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This page lists funding opportunities that are specifically aimed at women or those with caring responsibilities or returning from a career break.

UK Fellowships, grants and funding aimed at parents/ those returning from career breaks in chemistry and med chem.

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Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

The Royal Society

‘You must be able to demonstrate that you currently have, or will have by the start of the fellowship, a need for flexible support due to personal circumstances for the duration of the fellowship. This can include parental responsibilities, caring responsibilities, clinically diagnosed health issues or other personal circumstances that create a need for a flexible working pattern.’

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Daphne Jackson Fellowship

Daphne Jackson Trust

‘Daphne Jackson Fellowships offer STEM professionals the opportunity to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for a family, health or caring reason. It is the opportunity to balance a personalised retraining programme with a challenging research project, held in a supportive UK university or research establishment.’

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Janet Thornton Fellowship

Wellcome Sanger Institute

‘At the Wellcome Sanger Institute we are committed to enabling and opening routes back into science for those who have had a break from scientific research – for any reason.’


Research Career Re-entry Fellowships


‘This scheme offers postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers after a continuous break from research of at least two years.’

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Career Re-Entry Research Fellowship

British Heart Foundation

‘To provide an opportunity to re-establish a career in cardiovascular science in an established research institution in the UK, after a break of more than one year.’

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Grants for Carers

Royal Society of Chemistry

‘With our Grants for Carers, you can apply for up to £1,000 per year to help you attend a chemistry-related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event. This money would be used to cover any additional costs you incur, paying for care that you usually provide.’

International Scholarships and Awards for Women


Faculty for the Future Fellowships for Women

Schlumberger Foundation

'Awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide.'

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For Women In Science awards


'Each year, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programs also support more than 250 talented young women researchers. Through its 54 regional and national programs, the Fondation L'Oréal and UNESCO support them at a crucial period in their careers, during their thesis or post-doc.'

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