The School of Pharmacy is an exciting place to carry out research. We are enthusiastic about hosting prestigious UK and international Fellowships within our world-leading facilities. There are excellent opportunities for career progression in all of our Research Divisions. Listed below are major Fellowships that are relevant and available for quality candidates. Please check carefully your eligibility against the criteria in the links. Most of these are only available only to UK, EU and Commonwealth researchers. We intend to support a number of outstanding candidates through the Fellowship application process each year. If you believe you are a potential candidate, please contact Professor Clive Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme supports excellent scientists 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.
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:
be a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), i.e. 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).
Persons holding a permanent post in a university will not be considered (includes UK).
Length of tenure: A maximum of 4 years.
These prestigious postdoctoral fellowships are funded by the University of Nottingham and targeted at excellent women scientists who are typically 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.
Eligibility: Candidates must have submitted a PhD (viva does not need to have taken place) and have had no more than four years full-time postdoctoral experience by 1 October 2013. Career breaks such as maternity leave, EU national service and Voluntary Service Overseas can be discounted but teaching experience and/or time spent in industry since the award of a PhD should be included in the total amount of postdoctoral experience. Part-time appointments would be considered on a pro-rata basis. Individuals who have been promised or already have a permanent position are considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already and will not be eligible. The scheme is designed to offer support and flexibility for female scholars.
Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience; however, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience or whether you hold (or do not hold) a permanent academic position.
Applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed on a rolling basis. Fellowship applications will be prioritised twice a year in approximately January/February and July, at standard-grant panel meetings.
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).
The Industry Fellowship scheme promotes the exchange of knowledge between academia and industry by establishing personal and corporate links between the two sectors. This should act as a foundation for long-term collaboration and development.
Funding is available to enable:
1. academic scientists to work on a collaborative project with industry
2. someone in industry to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.
Eligibility: Applicants should be at a stage in their career when they would benefit from establishing or strengthening personal and corporate links between industry and academia; need to hold a PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession; can be of any nationality; should hold a permanent post in either a UK university, a UK not-for-profit research organisation or in UK industry.
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 2009. 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.
The Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme supports the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers in their first steps to an independent research career with a burning biomedical research question to investigate. This funding provides a chance to begin an independent research career and work in some of the best labs in the UK and overseas.
These awards support the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers by providing £250 000 over four years to cover salary, research costs and travel/subsistence. To apply, you must be in the final year of your PhD studies or have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience.
The deadline for preliminary applications is 1 November 2011, and full applications will be due by 31 January 2012. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in May 2012.
Eligibility: These awards are open to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Online application system will be open in the autumn.
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 IRFs are open to any nationality, and may be held in any area of the NERC remit, but the fellowship must be based at an eligible UK research organisation. Applicants may not have a permanent academic position in a university or equivalent organisation.
Applicants must expect to submit their PhD thesis before the fellowship interview would take place (April following the closing date) and, if successful, would not be able to take up the fellowship until the intent to award the PhD has been confirmed by the awarding university.
Applicants may have up to a maximum of eight years of full-time postdoctoral research experience between the PhD certificate date and the closing date of the fellowship competition to which they are applying. The eight-year window is based on full-time working. Where applicants have worked part-time or had research career breaks, the eight-year window would be extended accordingly.
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. Proposals are particularly encouraged:
from areas that are aligned with BBSRC's overarching strategic priorities.
that are in areas of scientific and strategic importance to BBSRC and Food Standards Agency
that are capable of driving forward the UK's Knowledge Based Bioeconomy, with a focus on one of the following: Industrial biotechnology, Bioenergy, Synthetic biology for white biotechnology
Eligibility: Applicants should not exceed 10 years in active postgraduate research studies and postdoctoral research employment. Applicants should have no less than 3 years of active postdoctoral research experience.
The Human Frontier Science Program (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 2008, 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.
The Nottingham Advance Research Fellowship is a University funded fellowship offering a recognised first step into an independent research career. It offers two years independent funding to conduct research while based at the University of Nottingham.
Eligibility: Candidates must have submitted a PhD (viva does not need to have taken place) and have had no more than six years full-time postdoctoral experience by 1 October 2013. Career breaks such as maternity leave, EU national service and Voluntary Service Overseas can be discounted but teaching experience and/or time spent in industry since the award of a PhD should be included in the total amount of postdoctoral experience. Part-time appointments would be considered on a pro-rata basis. Individuals who have been promised or already have a permanent position are considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already and will not be eligible. The scheme is designed to offer support and flexibility.
The MRC funds a range of fellowship award schemes for both clinical and non-clinical researchers. It is a good idea to use the MRC Fellowship Eligibility Checker to see which best suits your needs.
For example the MRC offers a Career development award which provides up to five years' support for outstanding post-doctoral researchers who wish to consolidate their research skills and make the transition from post-doctoral research trainee to independent investigator. It includes an option of two years' research training outside the UK, in UK industry, or at another UK research centre, to enable fellows to acquire new transferable techniques and skills. The scheme also provides a jointly funded postdoctoral award in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Eligibility: Applicants should have a PhD or DPhil and have at least three to six years’ post-doctoral experience at the time of application, although applications with over six years' post-doctoral experience will also be considered in exceptional circumstances.
This Fellowship supports outstanding non-clinical scientists at the start of their independent careers. Fellows will have shown special promise in their initial studies in a cancer relevant research field, but may not yet have sufficient experience or the track record to obtain a more senior Fellowship. The Fellowship provides the opportunity to set up an independent research group for the first time.
Applicants will have a strong publication record. Applications are considered on the basis of the applicant's academic achievements and potential, the scientific merit of the research proposal, and the research environment provided by the sponsoring department.
Studies on a wide variety of organisms and model systems has greatly benefited the understanding of the molecular basis of cancer and subsequent the development of new treatments. Therefore, proposals from applicants with interests in any aspect of science with the potential to generate novel insights into fundamental biological problems relevant to cancer are encouraged.
Eligibility: Applicants will have at least three and no more than eight years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of submitting the preliminary application. Applicants must therefore not have had a prior opportunity to develop a research group. Fellows are expected to work independently of other laboratories in the host institution, and to demonstrate the ability to lead a research team and direct a programme of work. However, it is anticipated that Fellows will wish to develop collaborations with others within the institution.
The Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowships are one-off awards which seek to help support and nurture future leaders of biomedical research by providing £200,000 (or equivalent euros) which may be used in any appropriate way to support the holder’s research, other than the provision or augmentation of personal salary, over a period of up to five years. The awards are aimed at younger, rather than established, researchers who might be in their early years of running their own groups and for whom receipt of the Prize would ‘make a real difference’.
Eligibility: Any post-doctoral scientist (clinical and non-clinical, including Research Council and research charity employees) who normally has guaranteed employment for the first three years of the award is eligible to apply. Typically they will be holders of university appointments and other equivalent research positions, or of long-term fellowships.
Regardless of nationality, the applicants must be employed by UK or Republic of Ireland not-for-profit institutions, usually, but not exclusively, universities. The research should be such that the Institute achieves its educational and public benefit objectives.
Every applicant should have a minimum of three and less than ten years' post-doctoral experience by 1 October 2014.