Engineering Research Fellowships
The University of Nottingham recognises the importance of outstanding individuals and teams in the delivery of research excellence. The development of research leaders at all career stages is a strategic priority for the University and for the Faculty of Engineering, with significant investments being made in both Research Fellowships and Research Leadership.
We provide an excellent research environment, including leading academics, state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities and strong collaborative relationships with universities and industry, both in the UK and worldwide:
- The Faculty of Engineering is ranked third in the UK for general engineering research power*
- 98% of research from The Faculty of Engineering is ranked of international quality*
- Over 645 currently live research projects
Early Career Researchers are regarded as an essential part of The University of Nottingham and they are vital to the growth and diversification of the research portfolio, both within core engineering disciplines and in interdisciplinary areas of research.
*The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
Join our future research leaders
World-class talent, working in multidisciplinary teams and with inspiring leaders, are at the heart of capturing new ideas and translating these into world-changing solutions.
As a research-led institution, the University of Nottingham recognises the value and contribution of early career researchers in delivering its ambitious, high-quality research vision. In order to enhance this vital aspect of our research network we will recruit 100 Nottingham Research and Anne McLaren Fellows by the end of 2020.
Find out more and how to apply
Applying for an Early Career Fellowship hosted in the Faculty of Engineering
We welcome Early Career Researchers applying for prestigious Fellowships hosted in the Faculty of Engineering; applicants may be currently working at The University of Nottingham, or at other institutions throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide. Applying for a Fellowship funded by Research Councils, charities, academies and institutions is a highly competitive process, and we will support the most outstanding individuals who are undertaking cutting-edge research, are publishing excellent outputs and have the vision to develop an independent research career and drive forward new areas of research.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact academic colleagues at any point during the year to discuss future applications. We will confirm that there is strong alignment between your proposed research and the strategic priorities of the faculty, and that your application is considered competitive. We will then ensure that you are given appropriate support to develop your application.
Find more about our research on our research groups, centres and institutes pages.
Early Career Research Fellowships
Applying for a Fellowship funded by Research Councils, charities, academies and institutions is a highly competitive process, and we will support the most outstanding individuals who are undertaking cutting-edge research, are publishing excellent outputs and have the vision to develop an independent research career and drive forward new areas of research.
Please click on the following heading links below for details of how to apply to different early career Fellowship schemes, including The University of Nottingham’s own Fellowships.
Five-year Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering by providing support for high-quality early-career engineers to become future research leaders. Please note that The University of Nottingham may only submit two applications to the current call. Please contact Rebecca Stokes for more information.
Three-year Fellowships aimed at outstanding female scholars in STEM subjects within 8 years of completing their PhD. For general information regarding the scheme please contact Catherine Jew. Potential applicants should contact email@example.com to discuss their application.
Three-year Fellowships targeting outstanding early career researchers in most academic disciplines at The University of Nottingham.
For general information regarding the scheme, please contact Catherine Jew. Potential applicants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their application.
EPSRC Fellowships provide support to aspiring and current world-leading individuals, who are delivering the highest quality research to meet UK and global priorities. Fellowships are offered in specific areas.
The Fellowships aim to provide outstanding early career researchers with the opportunity to build an independent research career. The scheme includes most engineering disciplines, but not those who are addressing a biomedical research question.
The Fellowships are for outstanding early career researchers who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting, caring responsibilities or health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.
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. These are two-year Fellowships, for post-doctoral researchers from any country outside the UK.
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. For successful candidates, the University’s Research Board and Faculty of Engineering will match-fund the 50% total salary costs provided by the Leverhulme Trust.
The Faculty of Engineering is keen to host MSCA Fellowships, which are highly flexible, pay a generous salary and are open to both external applicants and existing University staff who are interested in conducting research abroad. Please contact Matthew Rackley or Sandra Winfield for further information and support.
The Fellowship targets outstanding early career researchers in Mechanical Engineering, and has been established following the generous bequest of Professor Sir Joseph Pope, who was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Nottingham from 1949 to 1960.
The Fellowships supporting engineers and scientists who have had a career break of more than two years and wish to return to research. The University of Nottingham and The Daphne Jackson Trust have committed to funding one fellow each year.
Please contact Catherine Jew for more information.
For general enquiries about applying for a Fellowship held in the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Nottingham, please email: