Applications for Soulsby Fellowships will be invited once per year using the application form provided and must be received before midnight GMT on the closing date indicated. Advertisements for applications are placed in mainstream medical, veterinary and tropical medicine media.
Applicants should note that, for the purposes of applying for a Soulsby Foundation Fellowship, the board has adopted the following definition of One Health:
“One Health focuses on the interdependence between the health of livestock, humans, wildlife and the environment and the importance of this inter-relationship in framing research questions, policy and practice. While there is no universally accepted definition of One Health, interdisciplinary collaboration and systems-level approaches lie at its core. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, successful applications are likely to be those which propose research projects which integrate knowledge from animal and human health and have the potential to improve our understanding of disease in man and animals. This includes consideration of the socio-economic aspects and environmental impacts of those diseases which are relevant to animal and human health.”
All applications will be assessed against this definition.
Early applications are strongly encouraged. All applications received by the closing date will be considered by the Trustees. Details of the process for assessing applications are available here.
The successful applicant(s) will be selected from the shortlist and will be notified in writing, normally within three months of the application closing date.
In summary, the schedule normally spans six months as follows:
- Invitation for applications opened
- After three months: Closing date for applications
- During next six weeks: Applications assessed and shortlist agreed by the Trustees
- During next month: Interviews of shortlisted applicants conducted
- Final decision taken by the Trustees
- Successful applicant(s) notified in writing and award(s) announced
Soulsby Fellows will be expected to commence and complete their proposed Project within twelve months of receiving notification of their award. Failure to do so without providing an acceptable reason to the Trustees may lead to withdrawal of the offer of a Fellowship.
Soulsby Fellows will be required to provide a report of their Project to the Trustees within twelve months of completion. This must be in a form agreed with the Trustees. Examples may be a published paper, the script/visual material of an invited presentation, or a written report to the Trustees prepared specifically for the purpose. Any publication or presentation arising from the Project should acknowledge the source of funding and a copy be provided to the Trustees. The Trustees may withhold part of the Fellowship funds pending receipt of a satisfactory report.
Successful applicants will be required to demonstrate to the Trustees that they hold appropriate insurance for the period of their Project, including cover for repatriation if necessary for health, personal, political or other reasons. The cost of insurance (and any necessary visas) can be included in the Project budget.
If any aspect of the Project involves research using animal or human subjects, the applicant is required to provide written assurances to the Trustees that all local and national ethical review requirements are being strictly adhered to and that the Project meets the ethical standards embodied in relevant UK and US legislation and guidelines. Any publication arising from the Project should comply with the ARRIVE Guidelines or similar.