The scheme is open to all members of academic and research staff employed by the University, including those holding joint appointments, but excluding those who have achieved full professorial title or who hold statutory chairs. The scheme is open to all those who have either:
- taken a single break of at least three months for caring responsibilities in the two years prior to the closing date for applications; or
- taken two or more breaks of at least three months each in the five years prior to the closing date for applications.
Eligible types of leave including maternity leave, shared parental leave, adoption leave and carers’ leave.
Those on a fixed-term contract should hold a contract of employment for a sufficient period beyond the date of their application to permit the grant to be spent and to have an impact on their research career.
Applications must be discussed and agreed with the staff member’s supervisor or Head of Department/Faculty Board Chair, and departmental administrator.
If you are concerned that you do not meet the eligibility criteria or you narrowly miss, please speak to your divisional contact.
Only one application may be made per career break.
Those on a fixed-term contract should hold a contract of employment for a sufficient period beyond the date of their application to permit the grant to be spent and to have an impact that increases the likelihood of them securing a new contract; the application should give evidence of being on a research or academic career trajectory and clearly outline any future career plans; applicants may submit a supporting statement from their supervisor if they wish to do so.
Applications must be signed by the staff member’s supervisor, Head of Department or Faculty Board Chair and by their Departmental or Faculty Administrator to confirm that a) the department/faculty supports the application, and b) the applicant is eligible for funding, as per the above criteria.
Further information is given in the Returning Carers Fund guidance document (PDF).