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Fellowships and bursaries aimed at encouraging those who have had career breaks to return to work are available.

These fellowships are flexible and include a tailored training programme designed to update your skills and knowledge and support you in your return to research in STEMM academia.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships

This scheme is designed to return STEM professionals to their careers after a break.

See Daphne Jackson Fellowships for more information.

L'Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland

L'Oréal UK and Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society, have partnered together to provide a dedicated UK and Ireland Women in Science fellowship programme for women scientists at post-doctoral level to enable and/or facilitate promising scientific research in the life and physical sciences.

Up to four Fellowships are awarded each year to outstanding female postdoctoral scientists to assist them with their research.

The Fellowships, each worth £15,000 (or the equivalent in euros for candidates in Ireland), are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of research. The Fellowship money can be spent in any number of innovative ways to enable women scientists to further their careers and facilitate world class research - such as buying equipment, paying for childcare or funding travel costs to an overseas conference.

Please visit Women in Science to apply. Applications usually open in February and close in March.

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

See Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship for more information.

Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellowships

This scheme is for postdoctoral scientists who have recently decided to recommence a scientific research career after a continuous break of at least two years.

See Career Re-entry Fellowships for more information

European Molecular Biology Organization Fellowships

The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world.

International exchange is a key feature in the application process and all fellowships must involve movement between countries.