Announcing the Society for
the Study of Addiction’s Academic Fellowship
The SSA is pleased to welcome applications under
its new Academic Fellowship scheme, to be received
by 31 March each year. Interviews will be held
on Thursday 22 May, 2014, at a venue to be decided.
The application form is available here
Support for academic career development
Launched for the first time in 2012, the SSA
academic fellowship scheme is available to current
Society members and has been established to support
academic career development (for both clinical
and non-clinical academics) in areas of addictions
study which further the declared aims of the Society.
This document comprises: (A) the overall purpose
of the SSA academic fellowship scheme and, (B)
processes and procedures.
(A) Overall purpose of the SSA academic
The SSA academic fellowship scheme has been established
to provide opportunities for high-calibre post-doctoral
addictions academics (either clinical or non-clinical
) to pursue post-doctoral career development in
addiction science in a UK university or UK university
affiliated NHS clinical setting and which
will, in the opinion of the trustees, further
the aims of the Society.
At this stage, the Society plans the appointment
of one academic fellowship position per year,
with the duration of support being three years.
The appointment will be either an SSA academic
fellow (considered as an applicant who will, during
the course of the fellowship, become suitable
for appointment to lecturer level) or an SSA academic
senior fellow (considered as an applicant who
will, during the course of the fellowship, become
suitable for appointment to senior lecturer level).
Applications will be considered once per year,
with the panel making one appointment per year.
Hence, once the scheme is in place, there will
a maximum of three academic fellows supported
at any time.
All appointed academic fellows will be expected
to attend SSA events regularly (e.g. annual meetings)
and be available to present poster or oral presentations
on progress with their body of study.
No restrictions are placed on the precise area
of addictions study forming the basis for academic
fellowship, except that it must address areas
which support the aims of the Society.
(B) Processes and procedures
Eligibility of applicants:
- applicants must be current members of the
- applicants must be resident in the UK.
- applicants must work in a UK university, or
a UK university-affiliated NHS clinical
- an applicant wishing to be considered on the
clinical academic fellowship track will be expected
to secure partial funding support for continued
clinical activity and further clinical training,
with the level of SSA support reduced to a part-time
component, equivalent in value to the non-clinical
- employees of the alcohol, tobacco and gambling
industries are not eligible for the scheme.
- applicants for an academic fellowship must
describe in advance the area of academic development
and the anticipated academic product and how
it will support the aims of the Society as well
as meeting university criteria for academic
- applicants will be expected already to hold
a higher degree (e.g. PhD) in an area of study
of direct relevance to the addictions field.
- academic fellows are required to report to
the executive council on the progress and the
outcome of their higher addictions academic
- in the event that an academic fellow’s
focus of study changes, so that it no longer
has a clear addictions basis, funding by the
Society will cease.
- the successful candidate must declare the
Society’s support clearly, and will be
expected to describe themselves as an SSA academic
fellow or academic senior fellow.
Procedure for applications:
Applications must be submitted simultaneously
by e-mail and hard copy. Applicants must submit
a completed application form as well as providing
a portfolio of proposed work, which will form
the basis of the proposed academic fellowship
Successful applicants are expected to describe
their appointments as being SSA academic fellowships,
and may refer to themselves as SSA academic fellows.
Process for considering applications:
Applications must be received by 31 March each
year, and a panel will be convened from the SSA
executive council (who may, at their discretion,
invite involvement of other independent appropriate
senior addictions academics to assist in part
or all of the short-listing, interview and appointment
process). Members of the panel who have a
pre-existing and current professional relationship
with one of the applicants, or whose institution
would gain in any way from the acceptance of the
candidate’s application will stand down
from the assessment and appointment process.
The process will involve the gathering of references
and independent academic opinions, and the direct
interview of short-listed applicants. The Society
aims to provide a decision on applications within
four months of the submission deadline.
Applications should be submitted to the SSA executive
office. The short-listing and assessment process
will be managed by the Society with support where
appropriate from independent university personnel,
if the Society wishes. If, on preliminary screening,
an applicant’s proposal is considered potentially
appropriate, it will be sent for independent refereeing
and references will be gathered. The final recommendation
will rest with the executive council, guided by
the advice of the responsible executive council
members, the referees’ reports, and the
findings at interview.
Limits of duration of funding:
Funding support will be provided for a maximum
of three years for full-time higher academic post-doctoral
study (or proportionately longer in the case of
part-time study, up to a maximum of five years).
The funding will provide a basic academic salary,
in accordance with the criteria and scales of
the host university – estimated at approx
£30-40,000 plus £10,000 mandatory
expenditure of national insurance and superannuation
etc at the fellowship level, and £40-50,000
plus £12,000 mandatory expenditure of national
insurance and superannuation etc at the senior
academic fellowship level (see below for more
detailed salary level calculations).
Funding will be provided directly to the host
Process for handling of applications:
- A submission deadline will be announced by
the Society each year.
- At the immediately preceding executive council
meeting, any changes to the selection criteria
or procedures will be considered for approval
by the executive council.
- All applications must be submitted by email
by the published date, with a hard copy following
within a week by post.
- A date will be agreed by the sub-group of
the executive council for short-listing, interview
and decision, and for notification of success/failure
to the applicant(s).
- Applications will be sent to the Society’s
executive office where they will be checked
to ensure that the necessary required information
has been supplied. Applications will then
be sent for short-listing by the identified
executive council members who comprise the academic
- The executive office will secure references
from appropriate independent external referees
for each short-listed applicant, and will also
secure independent review of the application
(preferably with the same reviewer considering
each application, if appropriate and possible).
- The academic fellowship panel will be appointed
by the executive council. Short-listed
applicants will be interviewed, and their recommendation
will be based on assessment of (i) the individual
applicant, (ii) the qualities of the declared
host institution and supervisor, and (iii) the
proposed body of addictions academic study,
alongside consideration of comments from reviewers
- The academic fellowship panel will make its
recommendation to the executive council which
will have the power to approve or reject the
panel’s recommendation. Summary data will
be sent of the recommended candidate with full
information on what further university appointment
process should be followed. In exceptional
circumstances the executive council could seek
additional information from the recommended
applicant, before accepting the recommendation.
These criteria are based on three areas: the
candidate; the proposed host institution; and
the proposed body of addictions academic study.
The panel will score each application in each
of these areas.
The academic fellowship selection panel and
the executive council will consider the potential
and the trajectory of the applicant as an SSA
academic fellow as a maturing clinical or non-clinical
academic researcher and teacher and their future
The academic fellowship selection panel and
the executive council will consider the overall
academic standing of the proposed host institution
within the addictions field, and more generally
Proposed body of addictions academic study:
The academic fellowship selection panel and
the executive council will consider:the quality
of the proposed body of addictions academic
- the potential of the described body of addictions
academic study to meet SSA objectives;
- the potential contribution to wider addictions
- the quality and experience of proposed immediate
- the applicant’s established addictions
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