COFUND and Ser Cymru II - seeking outstanding international postdoctoral candidates

Cardiff University is looking for outstanding international postdoctoral candidates for these generously-funded fellowships. The main points of the scheme, eligibility rules and application process are summarised below and further details are included in the attached Guidance Note.  If you have any queries please contact me or the scheme operational lead in RIS Dr Keith Sexton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   x79288.


COFUND Fellowship Scheme



The COFUND Scheme is designed to encourage mobility of fellows between countries and provide them with excellent training to further their research careers.

  • Collaboration with industry and/or charities as potential co-funders of the scheme in conjunction with the University is strongly encouraged
  • The University would support up to 10 CAHSS fellowships
  • COFUND fellowships are 3-year fixed-term postdoctoral level appointments
  • It is assumed that schools would be keen to retain those fellows who perform at a consistently high level during the 3-year period
  • Fellows will be costed at Grade 6 on the Cardiff University scale
  • Appointment at a more senior level is possible (e.g. Grade 7), but would require an additional cash contribution to be agreed by Schools and/or Colleges



  • Applicants must be Experienced Researchers (ERs) at the time of the deadline for submission of proposals i.e. that they are in possession of a doctoral degree (or have at least four years of full time equivalent research experience) plus approximately 3 – 5 years’ postdoctoral research experience.


  • Applicants can be of any nationality but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals (short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).


  • Applicants must submit a completed application form and associated documents (supervisor form, ethics form, and CV) in English


Call information and Application process

The above website provides full call information and the forms to be completed by potential applicants.  Internal guidance notes are also attached.


  • Potential applicant approaches a potential supervisor at Cardiff University, to seek their support as host and supervisor for their individual fellowship application
  • Applicant completes application form and School Research Office obtains full costing
  • Applications to be submitted by w/c 11th January 2016 or w/c 15th February 2016 (preferably by the January deadline in case changes need to be made to the proposed budget)
  • Applications considered via mandatory internal Cardiff University approval process
  • Approved applications to be submitted to the Welsh Government 1st March 2016
  • Applications will then go out for peer review before assessment by the Sêr Cymru panel which determines final awards