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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many postdoctoral fellowships were awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in financial year (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; and how many are budgeted for the financial year 2007-08. (130613)

The information is as follows.

Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowships (0-3 years postdoc. experience)

2004-05

19

2005-06

23

2006-07

31

Advanced research fellowships (3-10 years postdoc experience)

2004-05

40

2005-06

50

2006-07

51

Senior research fellowships

2004-05

3

2005-06

6

2006-07

6

Statistics mobility fellowships

2006-07

6

EPSRC also support the following fellowships in conjunction with other organisations:

Hodge fellowships

Two one-year fellowships a year with and through the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques.

Royal Academy of Engineering (postdoctoral research fellowships)

Number

2004-05

8

2005-06

10

2006-07

8

Royal Society industry fellowships

£

2004-05

200,000

2005-06

200,000

2006-07

250,000

The number of awards funded vary each year.

EPSRC are currently reviewing its support of fellowships. The outcome of this review will be known by the end of May 2007. Therefore, the total number of awards is not available for 2007-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding was allocated to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to fund postdoctoral fellowships in financial years (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; and what the budget is for the financial year 2007-08. (130614)

The information is as follows.

£

Postdoctoral fellowships (0-3 years postdoc. experience)

2004-05

2,408,000

2005-06

3,244,000

2006-07

7,064,000

Advanced research fellowships (3-10 years postdoc. experience)

2004-05

9,896,000

2005-06

13,374,000

2006-07

26,276,000

Senior research fellowships

2004-05

1,011,000

2005-06

2,321,000

2006-07

5,097,000

Statistics mobility fellowships

2006-07

1,378,000

EPSRC also support the following fellowships in conjunction with other organisations:

£

Royal Academy of Engineering

2004-05

1,055,000

2005-06

1,317,000

2006-07

1,650,000

Royal Society industry fellowships

2004-05

200,000

2005-06

200,000

2006-07

200,000

The number of awards funded vary each year.

Hodge fellowships

Two one-year fellowships a year with and through the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques.

EPSRC are currently reviewing its support of fellowships. The outcome of this review will be known by the end of May 2007. Therefore, the total budget is not available for EPSRC fellowship schemes for 2007-08.