The second set of Newton International Fellowships has been awarded jointly by the UK’s national research academies – the British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. The Fellowships are part of a £13 million pound government initiative to ensure that the UK engages with the world’s most promising academics.

The collaborations and links formed by Newton Fellows during the course of their Fellowship will continue to be supported by the availability of follow-on funding of up to £6,000 per year, for up to ten years to help develop lasting international networks.

The latest group of successful applicants will be investigating topics ranging from nanoemulsions for health foods to modelling solar distribution in a solar still. They come from research institutes in over twenty different countries including Malawi, Nigeria, Australia and Japan.

Applications for the next round of the Newton International Fellowships will open on 14 December 2009.

Notes for editors

  1. The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the UK academy of science, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency. It responds to individual demand with selection by merit, not by field. As we prepare for our 350th anniversary in 2010, we are working to achieve five strategic priorities, to:
    Invest in future scientific leaders and in innovation
    Influence policymaking with the best scientific advice
    Invigorate science and mathematics education
    Increase access to the best science internationally
    Inspire an interest in the joy, wonder and excitement of scientific discovery

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  2. The British Academy is the UK's national academy for the humanities and social sciences. Its purpose is to inspire, recognise and support excellence in these disciplines throughout the UK and internationally, and to champion their role and value.

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  3. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – including the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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  4. The full list of Fellowships awarded is available at
  5. Examples of successful applicants include:
    Dr Thao Nguyen from Curtin University of Technology, Australia – Developing a replicable and sustainable ICT-enabled business model to benefit women-run micro-enterprises – hosted by Professor Tim Unwin at Royal Holloway, University of London
    Dr Amos Madhlopa from University of Malawi –A dynamic model for computation of solar distribution in a double-slope solar still – hosted by Professor Joseph Clarke at the University of Strathclyde
    Dr Masayoshi Tanaka from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology - Biomimetic fabrication of highly regulated, biocompatible, nanowires using tubulated liposomes – hosted by Dr Sarah Staniland at the University of Leeds.
    Dr Chukwuma Okoye from University of Ibadan, Nigeria – The Postcoloniality of African Theatre and Performance hosted by Dr Jane Plastow at University of Leeds
    Dr Alexandra Alvergne from Institute of Evolutionary Science, CNRS, France – Social influence on the diffusion of cultural innovation: the case of modern contraception hosted by Dr Ruth Mace at University College London.