Peter Baker Fellowship

The awards are intended for post-doctoral scientists interested in research in marine biology. Applications are particularly encouraged from those interested in physiological research.  The Fellowship may be held at any time during the year and will provide living and travel expenses (up to £3,000) for the successful applicant to spend approximately two months working at the Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth. Bench fees will be waived and a small sum may be available to assist with research expenses. Usually one Fellowship will be awarded each year.

Background

The Peter Baker Fellowship was established to commemorate the scientific life and contributions of Professor Peter F. Baker FRS. Peter carried out much of his important scientific work at the Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth and was a Member of the Council and the Physiological Society’s Governor of the Association. The Fellowship is provided by funds contributed by individuals and Scientific Societies from all over the world. The Fund is held in trust by the Physiological Society, the Company of Biologists and the Marine Biological Association, and is awarded by the MBA. It is the intention of the Trustees that the Fellowship is used to encourage the interest of young research workers in marine biological research, particularly fundamental physiological research, to which Peter himself contributed so much.


Application procedure

  1. Applications should be sent by e-mail to info@mba.ac.uk  and one hard copy to the address shown below, to reach the MBA by 31st Januaryin any one year. Applications should consist of:
    • An account of the proposed research to be undertaken (<1,500 words) and any special requirements (apparatus, material, specimens).
    • A curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.
    • The names of two referees.
    • A detailed statement of the way in which the funds allocated for the Fellowship will be spent. Justifications for the number and timing of visits must also be given.
    • An undertaking from the candidate’s employers that, if successful, the candidate will be given leave of absence to work at the Citadel Hill Laboratory.
    • A letter of support from the MBA Director confirming that the research can be accommodated at the MBA must accompany an application. In addition, collaboration with MBA scientists would be encouraged.
  2. Applications will be reviewed by the Research Committee of the MBA Council at its April Council meeting.
  3. Usually one Fellowship will be awarded each year.
  4. On appointment the Fellow is expected to work at the Citadel Hill Laboratory, Plymouth, for a period of up to two months within a period of 2 years after appointment. This period can be taken in any combination of visits, although justifications for the visits requested must be made (see above).
  5. On completion of the award the Fellow is required to submit a Final Report. This will comprise a financial summary on how the award was used (max. one A4 page), a scientific report (max. one A4 page) summarising the research completed, its wider implications, outputs such as journal publications, and the synergies made with the MBA during the research visits.

Applications should be made by email (info@mba.ac.uk) and one hard copy sent to the following address:

The Director
Marine Biological Association of the UK
The Laboratory
Citadel Hill
Plymouth, PL1 2PB, Devon, UK