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The University’s Diversity Fund is a £70,000 annual fund which provides small grants to initiatives aimed at furthering this commitment, with the aim of delivering a lasting change in culture across the collegiate University. This year, to mark the centenary of women being admitted as full members of the University and being awarded degrees for the first time, the Diversity Fund is opening an additional call that will support initiatives to promote gender equality. The total value of this targeted call is £35,000.  To accelerate progress in tackling gender inequality, the Diversity Fund is seeking to support: Initiatives that recognise, promote and celebrate the diversity of women’s scholarship or contributions to University life; Innovations to tackle gender inequalities affecting the experience of learning and working at Oxford; Initiatives that further understanding of gender equality across the University. Applications taking an intersectional approach are particularly welcomed.  Applications are open from 9 March until 7 May 2020.  A second open call will be made, as usual, early in Trinity term and will close in June 2020. Full details of the call, eligibility and application criteria are here.


Daphne Jackson Fellowship  at the John Innes Centre:  The Daphne Jackson Trust is the UK’s leading organisation dedicated to realising the potential of scientists and engineers returning to research following a career break.  If you have been on a career break from STEM for at least two years for caring, health or family reasons, the Trust has another great opportunity at the John Innes Centre, an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research in plant and microbial science. This part-time (50%FTE), two year Fellowship will be hosted and half sponsored by the John Innes Centre, which encourages flexible working to aid career development and holds a Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of its commitment to equal opportunities.  The remaining funding will be secured by the Daphne Jackson Trust from an additional sponsor. The salary will be set between £31,625 - £38,575 per year, depending on qualifications and experience. More details and full eligibility criteria can be found on the Daphne Jackson Trust website.  Deadline for applications is Monday 20th April 2020.


The Royal Society Industry Fellowships Scheme is currently open and actively seeking applications from underrepresented groups among early career researchers in the natural sciences, with a focus on improved gender balancegreater representation from BAME groups and wider UK institutional reach. The Industry Fellowship is a great opportunity for scientist to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation and an industry partner. The secondment can be held for up to 4 years part time and the scheme provides the applicant’s basic salary and up to £4,000 research expenses.  Details of how to apply can be found here.  Contact with any questions. Deadline for applications:  Tuesday 28th April 2020.