Pilot in the School of Clinical Medicine – November 2012 to March 2013
Applications are invited from academic and research staff working in the School of Clinical Medicine for funding to support the development of their research career following a career break or period of leave for caring responsibilities.
Applications may be sent at any time, and should be emailed to Carolyn Read (email@example.com)
by 1 March 2013.
To assist the career and professional development of returning carers, a scheme has been established to make funds available to support those going on, or returning from, a period of caring (this may include but is not restricted to: maternity leave, adoption leave, or leave to care for a dependant). The Returning Carers Scheme offers funds to assist returning carers in building up their research profiles and other academic activity after a period away from work and may be used to provide the following:
- Training to support career development
- Leadership coaching or mentoring (available through the University's HR Division)
- Attendance at conferences in the UK and overseas
- Domestic costs of additional childcare while parent is away
- Costs of family member or nanny to accompany new mothers to conferences
- Secondments or short term research assignments (e.g. to an external laboratory)
- Short-term research support, for example to generate preliminary data to support research grant applications
- Teaching ‘buy-out’ for college or departmental teaching, or clinical cover
- Travel and accommodation costs of research collaborators coming to Cambridge
- Equipment purchase to support independent research
This list is not exhaustive and the panel reviewing the applications will consider each case individually, depending on the specific circumstances and needs of the individual. The scheme cannot be used to cover usual costs of nursery placement.
In the first instance the scheme will be run between November 2012 and March 2013 for eligible Academic and Research staff in the School. Sums from a few hundred pounds to a maximum of £10,000 will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to be imaginative in their requests. Funds must be spent by 31 July 2013.
Applications are welcomed from:
1) Female academic or research staff who:
- Have returned from maternity leave in the last 4 years
- Are currently on maternity leave
- Are due to go on maternity leave
2) All academic or research staff who:
- Have returned from a career break for caring responsibilities in the last 4 years
- Are currently on a career break for caring responsibilities
- Are due to go on a career break for caring responsibilities
This can include, but is not restricted to:
- Adoption leave
- Career breaks for family reasons
- Maternity leave
- Paternity leave
- Additional parental leave
- Special leave to care for a dependant
The period of continuous/total leave should normally be 3 months or more in order to be eligible for support under this scheme.
Applications should be sent at any time to Carolyn Read (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 March 2013. If it is not possible for an application to be sent by this date then late applications will be considered providing the proposal details how the funds would be spent before the end of July 2013.
The application should include:
- A completed application form which will cover the following areas:
- Reason for the career break/period of leave and the date(s) of return to work
- The amount requested and what the funds will be used for
- The case for support
- A current Curriculum vitae
- A statement of support from the Head of Department or nominated deputy.
Please note that this is a pilot scheme. Beneficiaries will be contacted at one, three and five years after its completion and asked to report on the utility and perceived benefit of the funding, so that we can assess impact. Further information For all queries, please contact Carolyn Read in the Clinical School (email@example.com).
For all queries, please contact Carolyn Read in the Clinical School (firstname.lastname@example.org).