School of Chemistry

Guide to Fellowships

Listed below are the major fellowships that are relevant and available.  Please check carefully your eligibility against the criteria in the links. Most of these are only available only to UK, EU and Commonwealth researchers. Women scientists are particularly encouraged to contact us about any of the fellowships. We intend to support a number of outstanding candidates through the Fellowship application process in 2012. If you believe you are a potential candidate, please contact Prof. Jonathan Hirst, Chair of the School Research Committee (jonathan.hirst@nottingham.ac.uk ).

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme supports excellent scientists and engineers at an early stage of their career. The Royal Society invites in particular female candidates to apply for an opportunity that is designed to help successful candidates to progress to permanent academic positions in the UK.  Each fellowship offers:

  • The possibility of holding appointments on a part-time basis or converting from full-time to part-time and back again to help match work and other commitments, such as parental or caring responsibilities etc.
  • The possibility to claim back time spent deferring the fellowship and/or working part-time at the end of the fellowship.
  • The possibility of claiming some funds for family support where these can be justified on scientific grounds, e.g. the cost of child care during a conference or collaborative visit abroad.

Eligibility: Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career. As an example, applicants could have had one or two post doc positions. At the time of application, applicants must either:

1. be a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), i.e. European Union, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein; or a Swiss citizen,

2. or have a relevant connection to the EEA or Switzerland (a relevant connection can be established if an individual has a PhD from a university in the EEA or Switzerland, or has worked as a research scientist in a university or research institute in the EEA or Switzerland for at least the past two years, or has done so before taking up an appointment outside the EEA or Switzerland).

Persons holding a permanent post in a university will not be considered (includes UK).

Length of tenure:  A maximum of 4 years.

University of Nottingham Anne McLaren Fellowships

These prestigious postdoctoral fellowships are funded by the University of Nottingham and targeted at excellent women scientists and engineers who are under-represented in these subjects. Successful candidates will be funded for a period of 2 years in order to begin to establish an independent research career in the UK. Applicants interested in pursuing an application should email Prof. Howdle (steve.howdle@nottingham.ac.uk ).

Eligibility: Applicants must be female and must have a PhD and less than 4 years postdoctoral experience.

EPSRC  Fellowships

(No deadline)

EPSRC Fellowships provide support for talented researchers at an early stage of their career. Up to five years funding is available, and there is an annual call for proposals. EPSRC Fellowships are offered across the whole of the EPSRC remit, although calls are targeted at specific areas.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a Fellowship you should not hold or have held a permanent academic post, or have received, before the start date of the award, the promise of a permanent academic post. You should have between 3 and 10 years postdoctoral research and/or relevant industrial experience by the start date of the fellowship. This period is calculated from the date of your PhD viva to the start date of the fellowship. The start date of the fellowship must lie between 1 July of the calendar year following outline application and 31 March of the following year. Further details about eligibility are provided in the outline call. Applications are welcomed from candidates who wish to re-establish themselves after a career break or other period of absence from active research.

Royal Society University Research Fellowships

(Deadline 13th September 2012)

The University Research Fellowships scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who should have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience by the time they apply. Applicants are expected to be at an early to mid-stage of their career. As an example, you could have had between one and three post doc positions. At the time of application, applicants must either: be a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), ie European Union, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein; or a Swiss citizen or have a relevant connection to the EEA or Switzerland (a relevant connection can be established if an individual has a PhD from a university in the EEA or Switzerland, or has worked as a research scientist in a university or research institute in the EEA or Switzerland for at least the past two years, or has done so before taking up an appointment outside the EEA or Switzerland).

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and approximately 70 Fellowships were available in 2010. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a UK PhD, be under 35 years old and not hold a permanent academic post.

Deadline: 7th March 2013.

Ramsay Memorial Fellowship

(Deadline 15th November 2012)

The Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust was constituted in 1920 for the purpose of administering the award of Ramsay Memorial Fellowships for Chemical Science. The Fellowships comprise a British Ramsay Fellowship and a number of overseas Fellowships, each is tenable for 2 years.

British Ramsay Fellowships are awarded annually by the Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust to distinguished chemists, so that they may conduct research at universities in the United Kingdom. Ramsay Fellows are typically mature research chemists who usually continue their work in the chemistry field after their Fellowships have ended. Many have become esteemed Professors of Chemistry; others have gone on to occupy responsible positions in industry and public service.

Within the overall scheme the British contribution to this elite group is drawn from people of the requisite standard from the British Commonwealth, who are nominated by an Advisory Council consisting of Professors of Chemistry at UK universities.

Eligibility: Must have a PhD from a Commonwealth University.

Newton International Fellowships

The long-term aim of the scheme is to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK.  The Newton International Fellowships scheme is run by The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.  The Fellowships cover the broad range of natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities. The fellowships are for 2 years.

Marie Curie Fellowships

(Various deadlines)

There are a number of Fellowship schemes available for both Europeans and those from the rest of the world. These fellowships are extremely competitive and only those with exceptional track records should apply. Each type of fellowship requires a joint application between the academic PI (Host) and the researcher. The University of Nottingham has a good track record of success by offering support in creating the applications giving a success rate of around 1 in 3 which is approximately 3 times the European average.

Eligibility: Candidates will have a PhD. Various other criteria apply.

1851 Research Fellowships


The scheme of 1851 Research Fellowships is intended to give a few PhD level scientists or engineers of outstanding promise the opportunity for conducting research for a further period. Previously for two years, these fellowships from 2009 will be awarded for three years, providing an exceptional opportunity for PhD graduates to pursue further research at the highest level. Approximately eight awards are made each year.

Eligibility: The Fellowships are open to candidates in any of the physical or biological sciences, in mathematics, in applied science, or in any branch of engineering. Candidates in science subjects should normally have recently obtained their PhD degree, or be in the final stages of their PhD studies. Those offering engineering do not have to be in possession of a PhD, but must be of at least PhD standard. A candidate must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Commonwealth, or of the Republics of Ireland or Pakistan. He or she should either have spent at least two out of the past three years at a UK Institution, or be intending to hold the Fellowship at a UK Institution, or both.

The Nottingham Research Fellowships

Three-year Fellowships in most academic disciplines represented at the University, linked to an established academic post and including the opportunity for international mobility across the University's Campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China.

The Nottingham Research Fellowships Scheme target outstanding Early Career Researchers in most academic disciplines at the University.

Introduced in 2009 as part of the University's Research and Knowledge Transfer Strategy, the fellowships are open to both male and female researchers.


NERC Fellowships

(Deadline 1st Nov 2012) 

The NERC Fellowship levels correspond to different stages in a typical research career, and there are no fixed age limits for the scheme. Full consideration will be given to applicants returning to science following a career break or where the candidate has come late to a research career.

Eligibility: NERC Fellowships are open to any nationality. Applicants should not have a permanent academic position (or the equivalent in institutions other than universities). Applications are especially welcome from candidates who are not yet established within the higher education system or who are intending to use the Fellowship as a means of re-establishing themselves in the United Kingdom following a period overseas.

All applicants must hold or expect to hold a PhD/DPhil, or be able to demonstrate equivalent and substantial research experience. Applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will be accepted from PhD students, but awards may not start until NERC has received written confirmation of the outcome of the applicant's PhD viva. Some post-PhD experience is an advantage when seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and typically candidates will have one to five years of postdoctoral experience. However, NERC is committed to supporting the best candidates and it is usual for some successful candidates to be awarded their PhD after having submitted their fellowship application.

Candidates for Advanced Fellowships must have had at least two years research experience at postdoctoral level, not necessarily in the UK, at the time of application. They must also have proved their ability as independent research workers and show potential as team leaders.

BBSRC David Philips Fellowships

(Deadline  September 2012) 

Scientists who have demonstrated high potential and who wish to establish themselves as independent researchers. Awards are for 5 years and proposals can be submitted  in any area of science within the BBSRC portfolio, but particularly in bioenergy research and where a systems biology approach is proposed to the research programme

Eligibility: Applicants must have between 5 and 10 years postdoctoral experience.

HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships

(Deadline August 2012)

The HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences. Cross-disciplinary fellowships are intended for postdoctoral fellows with a Ph.D. degree in the physical sciences, chemistry, mathematics, engineering and computer sciences who wish to receive training in biology.

Eligibility: Applicants must have obtained a PhD after September 2007, and be from one of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus (EU part only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.

University of Nottingham Hermes Fellowships

HERMES Fellowships for Outreach, Innovation and Business Engagement

The University is launching a new internal Fellowship programme to support outreach, innovation and business engagement.Fellowships are open to academic members of staff on all campuses and will fund a range of activities associated with outreach, innovation and business engagement, including buying out academic time to focus on achieving specific goals in these areas. Funds of £500k per annum are available to support these fellowships and individual awards will range from £15k to £50k. As with all internal award programmes FEC will not apply. The programme will run from September 2011 to July 2014 with calls in September and January each year.

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

(Deadline 9th November 2012)

Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to develop and deliver a personal programme to achieve their research aims. Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to develop and deliver a personal programme to achieve their research aims.

 The fellowship is for four years full-time. Fellowships may be taken up on a part-time employment basis with the tenure of award lengthened accordingly.

The fellowship provides an award of £250 000. These funds provide support for  the basic salary as determined by the host institution, with an additional Trust enhancement for basic science fellows, and research expenses (materials and consumables; animals; travel and overseas subsistence; support to attend scientific meetings; and small items of equipment, e.g. laptop).

Candidates must be a final year PhD or 1st year postdoc, and must have a relevant connection to the European economic area

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