The School is committed to the development of outstanding research leaders at all career stages 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 values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.
There are a host of competitive fellowship schemes available from various funding bodies, charities and institutions specifically targeted at Early Career Researchers. These schemes provide the opportunity to build an independent research career and successful applicants are expected to be strong candidates for future academic posts within the university.
The School of Chemistry at Nottingham provides an excellent research environment, REF 2014 judged 95% of our research activity to be 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading'. 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.
Each academic year, a careful internal review of prospective applicants takes place, and the School of Chemistry typically supports up to ten of the most outstanding candidates through the fellowship application process.
These fellowship schemes include (for application procedures and eligibility details click on the links provided below):
- EPSRC Fellowships
EPSRC Fellowships are offered across the whole of the EPSRC remit, although calls are targeted at specific areas.
- Royal Society University Research Fellowships
The RS University Research Fellowships aim 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.
- Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships
Aimed at those who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.
- Royal Society 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. It is open to applicants from all over the world.
- Leverhulme Trust 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.
- Marie Curie Actions Individual Research Fellowships
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.
You may also wish to consider the following fellowship schemes:
Nottingham Research Fellowships
As a research-led institution, the University of Nottingham recognises the contribution of early career researchers as essential to delivering a high-quality research agenda and offers the Nottingham Research Fellowships including:
- Anne McLaren Fellowships
The Anne McLaren Fellowships are aimed at outstanding female scholars in STEM subjects at the early stage of their academic careers.
- Nottingham Research Fellowships
The Nottingham Research Fellowships Scheme targets outstanding early career researchers in most academic disciplines at the University.
Potential Fellowship Applicants
If you are interested in applying for a Fellowship to be hosted within the School of Chemistry at Nottingham, you should take the following steps:
- Make sure you satisfy the eligibility criteria and check the closing date for a selected fellowship scheme.
- At least 4-6 weeks before closing date contact the School’s Director of Research (Prof. Mark Searle) or the Head of School (Prof. Steve Howdle) expressing your interest in applying.
- Attach an original research proposal, which needs to be distinct from the research of your postdoctoral or PhD supervisors.
The School may invite you to visit Nottingham to give a short presentation on your proposal, with feedback from colleagues.
Candidates whose proposal is considered ‘competitive’, and whose research aligns well with the School’s research themes, will receive a strong letter of support from the Head of School and commitment of resources to ensure that the applicant can rapidly establish independent research activity in Nottingham.