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Fellowships - your next step after a PhD

Fellowships offer a protected path to develop your research and advance your training

About fellowships

Fellowships uniquely give researchers independence in their research direction and the opportunity to develop other skills required to lead a successful research group. You will be expected to juggle research and research outputs (peer reviewed papers, presentations and patents) with training of junior members in your field, building collaborations with industrial stakeholders and sharing topical research with the public. 

Demonstrate yourself as a leader in your field

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Many fellowships are considered highly prestigious by future employers.

If you are successful in applying for a fellowship, it demonstrates not only your passion for the subject but your ability to secure funding for your research and in many cases fellowships are a step towards becoming a leader in your field.

Your fellowship in the School of Biosciences

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The School of Biosciences is committed to the development of outstanding research leaders to deliver an ambitious interdisciplinary research strategy with strong alignment with knowledge exchange and industry engagement.

Early Career Researchers, in particular, are regarded as essential to maintaining the vitality of the research and teaching environment.

The School has outstanding facilities for research and a very good track record of nurturing and supporting high quality Early Career Researchers during their fellowship and beyond.


Fellowships support junior, experienced and career break applicants

There are a host of competitive fellowship schemes available from various funding bodies, charities and institutions to support you at different stages in your career.

These schemes provide the opportunity to build an independent research career and you are expected to be strong candidates for future academic posts within the University.


How to apply

You should identify a technical mentor from within the School of Biosciences. This person typically will be your supervisor or manager when you arrive at the University and they will help you develop the scientific elements of your fellowship application.

The financial elements must be checked by the University before you submit your application.

Please contact at least eight weeks before the deadline with your draft proposal for support in costing your research.

Hints and tips

Whilst most of the scientific and technical details should be covered by your technical mentor often applicants fail to include some key points:

Effective partnerships with internal and external collaborators

Remember that research is a team sport, ensure that you embrace this and explain your approach to working with other research experts.

Visionary approach to research

Over the course of your career at the University of Nottingham you should be making a demonstrable contribution to science, society and the economy.

It is important that this longer term vision is explained in your application and how your research addresses society’s grand challenges and supports the research strategy of the University of Nottingham.

The final check

The final proposal must be checked by the School of Bioscience at least four weeks prior to submission.

Your proposal will be peer reviewed for scientific quality and you will receive feedback within two weeks.

Please email your completed fellowship application four weeks prior to submission to

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Rise of the fellows

The role of research fellows has changed over the past few years and research fellows are increasingly being encouraged to share their passion for science, teaching and research. Innovative routes of engagement are often encouraged. 

Gary Mirams, a current Nottingham Research Fellow in the School of Mathematical Sciences has been focusing on the use of cardiac electro-physiology modelling for studying pharmaceutical drug safety.

Being a Nottingham Research Fellow allows Gary the time and support to deliver research that has real impact.


Dr Frankie Rawson, a current Nottingham Research Fellow in the School of Pharmacy has been working to develop smart novel electrochemical nano-system for studying and controlling cellular processes on a molecular scale.



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