At the point of application, you are either:

  • within eight years of the award of your PhD or equivalent professional training. This period is measured from the date of successful PhD viva to the point of submission. (this duration should exclude any period of career break, for example, family care or health reasons), or
  • within six years of your first academic appointment (by 'first academic appointment', this is a paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary function.

Evidence that you meet these criteria must be provided in the case for support.