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An ERA event in conjunction with the EPSRC and Royal Academy of Engineering

EPSRC and Royal Academy of Engineering Postdoctoral Fellowships Workshop

Wednesday 26th May 2021, 12.30pm-2pm

Event Overview

This event, part of the ERA 'Net Zero Heroes Seminar Series' provides an introduction to Postdoctoral Fellowships. It offers an opportunity for researchers to develop their independence, and provide an opportunity for early career researchers to obtain research funding in their own right.

This workshop will provide an overview of two of the major funders of Postdoctoral Fellowships in the UK, the EPSRC who hold a range of Research Fellowships, including in Energy, and the Royal Academy of Engineering who offers Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early-career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering.

Who is it for?

This event is for PhD Students, Postdoctoral Researchers and Early Career Researchers. In addition, academics and professional services staff with an interest in Fellowships are also welcome to attend.


12.30pm to 2.00pm, Weds 26th May 2021

  • Introduction to the event – Fellowships overview (ERA Team) 
  • EPSRC Fellowships overview
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Hints and tips for fellowship applications – (ERA Team) 
  • Panel Q&A session 

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Event speakers

Amy Spalding, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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Amy Spalding is a Portfolio Manager for the Energy theme at EPSRC as part of UKRI and is currently the contact for the Offshore Renewable Energy Research Area. She will be speaking about the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities available across the Energy Theme at EPSRC as well as the types of research which qualify for the Energy Theme remit. Amy is speaking on behalf of the current EPSRC Energy Theme Fellowships contact, Zaffie Cox.

Dr Chung-Chin Kao, Programme Manager - Research, Royal Academy of Engineering

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Dr Chung-Chin Kao is working at the Royal Academy of Engineering as Programme Manager for research supporting programmes. He is responsible for managing the Academy’s flagship Research Fellowship programmes that support early career researchers in engineering. Before joined the Academy, he was Head of Innovation & Research at the Chartered Institute of Building.

Natasha Richardson, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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Natasha is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the EDI and People Team at EPSRC, with responsibility for the EPSRC Open Fellowships scheme. Natasha has worked at the Research Councils since 2001, in roles across portfolio management, communications and events, and grants administration. Natasha’s current portfolio includes oversight of the EPSRC fellowships scheme and support for early career researchers.

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