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The Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin fellow driven more by a question than disciplinary identity

Sophie Meekings is an early career researcher whose research profile is, for now, somewhat atypical. But if two major trends in research policy and funding that have gained ground over the past decade or more continue to advance, that may not be the case for much longer.

First, there’s the interdisciplinarity. Meekings, who has just begun a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship at the University of York, as she says below, has “one big question I am interested in—how speech and language work—and I don’t mind how I find out about it”. So her neuroscience-focused Royal Society fellowship follows on from a social science-informed British Academy postdoc, and she started her academic career as a humanities undergraduate.

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