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Fellowship schemes

Major Fellowship schemes that are relevant and available for quality candidates. 

Please carefully check your eligibility against the criteria in the links.

Available fellowships

 

University of Nottingham Research Fellowships

The Nottingham Research Fellowships Scheme targets exceptional postdoctoral researchers in all academic disciplines respresented across the University. Fellowships are for three years and are linked to an established academic post, subject to performance.

Eligibility:

  • Potential applicants must have a PhD to prior to the closing date of regestering interest in the scheme. 
  • Potential applicants do not normally have more than eight years' post-doctoral experience. However, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience as this doesn’t allow for variations of career paths across disciplines.Potential applicants will be assessed on their quality, potential and track record, relative to their career stage.
  • Potential applicants who have been promised or already have a permanent position are considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already.  Please note, however, that we have removed this as part of the formal eligibility criteria to allow the nature of the permanent position to be considered. Potential applicants should be assessed on a case by case basis.

Deadline: The deadline for the 2018/2019 process will be 12 October 2018 (5pm).  

Potential applicants should register their interest via using School links provided. Potential applicants will need to complete a short application, submit their CV and a brief research proposal using the links provided below. 

Uploading of a CV and Research Proposal is a mandatory requirement and applications will not be considered if these are not provided.Please note: If you have not registered interest via our School of 'expression of interest' form through our vacancy manager recruitment platform, you will not be considered for the scheme.

Potential applicants must contact Dr. Frankie Rawson  to discuss your research proposal before submitting their application.

Our application process actively supports applications from diverse career paths and backgrounds. Detailed information on the NRF competition, including links and details of how to  may be found at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/researchfellows

 

University of Nottingham Anne McLaren Fellowships

The Anne McLaren Fellowships are aimed at outstanding female scholars in science, technology, engineering and medicine at the early stage of their academic career. The fellowships include 3 years' salary costs and link to an academic appointment subject to performance.

Eligibility

  • Potential applicants must have a PhD to prior to the closing date of regestering interest in the scheme. 
  • Potential applicants do not normally have more than eight years' post-doctoral experience. However, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience as this doesn’t allow for variations of career paths across disciplines.Potential applicants will be assessed on their quality, potential and track record, relative to their career stage.
  • Potential applicants who have been promised or already have a permanent position are considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already.  Please note, however, that we have removed this as part of the formal eligibility criteria to allow the nature of the permanent position to be considered. Potential applicants should be assessed on a case by case basis.
  • We continue to advertise the Anne McLaren Fellowships as targeted at female scholars who are traditionally under-represented in STEM subjects.  For the 2018 round , this is not now a specific eligibility criteria. We assess the NRF/AMF schemes jointly and our expectation is that we will allocate Anne McLaren fellowships to women.

Deadline: The deadline for the 2018/2019 process will be 12 October 2018 (5pm).  

Potential applicants should register their interest via using School links provided. Potential applicants will need to complete a short application, submit their CV and a brief research proposal using the links provided below. 

Uploading of a CV and Research Proposal is a mandatory requirement and applications will not be considered if these are not provided. Please note: If you have not registered interest via our School of 'expression of interest' form through our vacancy manager recruitment platform, you will not be considered for the scheme.

Potential applicants must contact Dr. Frankie Rawson to discuss your research proposal before submitting their application.

Our application process actively supports applications from diverse career paths and backgrounds. Detailed information on the AMF competition, including links and details of how to apply may be found at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/researchfellows

  

Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship 

The Daphne Jackson Trust is dedicated to returning scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians to their careers following a break taken for family, caring or health reasons.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships are unique - They offer STEM professionals wishing to return to a research career after a break of two or more years, the opportunity to balance an individually tailored retraining programme with a challenging research project in a suitably supportive environment.

Fellowships are part-time over two years and consist of a challenging research project and at least 100 hours retraining per year. The unparalleled support offered by the Trust's Fellowship Advisors and administrative staff, coupled with mentoring and retraining provided during the Fellowship, give returners  the confidence and skills they need to successfully return to research.

Eligibility: STEM professionals who have had a career break of 2 or more years for family, caring or health reasons and wish to return to research.

  

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Deadline: September

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.

 

European Research Council

Deadline: Various

The main goal of the European Research Council (ERC) is to encourage high quality research in Europe through competitive funding. It provides attractive and flexible funding to enable talented and creative individual researchers and their teams to pursue the most promising avenues at the frontier of science. Unlike other EU schemes, scientific excellence is the sole criterion on which ERC grants are awarded. It operates on a ‘bottom-up’ basis without predetermined priorities.

Eligibility: The ERC supports top researchers from anywhere in the world to work in the EU at various stages in their career. The schemes are meant for all career stages from Starting Grants (for PIs 2-7 years since PhD, up to €2 million for 5 years), Consolidator Grants (PIs 7-12 years since PhD, up to €2.75 million for 5 years) schemes to the ERC Advanced Grants(for leading researchers, up to €3.5 million for 5 years).

 

EPSRC Fellowships

ESPRC Fellowship 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.

 

BBSRC David Philips Fellowships

Deadline:  9 May 2018 

BBSRC David Philips Fellowship The David Phillips Fellowship (DPF) will provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. The DPF will invest in scientists who have shown high potential, can demonstrate that they are on an upward trajectory with clear evidence of strong scientific outputs and leadership qualities, and are aiming to establish their own fully independent programme of research. As such the DPF represents part of our commitment to the supply of highly skilled professional research leaders to the UK.

Eligibility:  Applicants should hold a PhD, but not hold, or have held or had the offer of an academic position at Lecturer level (or the equivalent in institutions other than universities). It is expected that applicants will have at least three years of active postdoctoral research experience prior to February 2018.

Note: David Phillips Fellowship applicants are not eligible to apply for any additional 2018 BBSRC fellowship competitions.

 

 BBSRC Discovery Fellowship (previously Future Leader fellowships)

Deadline: 9th May 2018

The BBSRC Discovery Fellowship provides support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. Aimed at early career researchers who want to conduct their own independent research within a host laboratory.

 Eligibility:

Proposals can be submitted in any area of science within BBSRC remit. Applications are particularly encouraged which are aligned with BBRSRC overarching strategic priorities: 

  • Applicants should have a PhD or be expecting to have undergone a successful PhD viva prior to 30 November 2018
  • Applicants should not exceed five years in active postdoctoral research employment prior to announcement of the awarded Fellowships (30 November 2018)
  • Applications are welcome from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements

 

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

Deadline:  November 

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 must:

  • Be at an early stage of their research career. As an example, applicants could have had one or two post doc positions, but have no more than six years of actual research experience since their PhD by the closing date of the round.
  • not hold a permanent in an university or not for profit organisation
  • demonstrate a current need for flexible support due to personal circumstances at the time of the application and for the duration of the fellowship.
  • The scheme is open to applicants of all nationalities.

Length of tenure: Funding is provided for five years.

 

Royal Society University Research Fellowships

 Deadline: September 

The University Research Fellowships scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field.  The scheme provides 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 fellowship.

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • have a PhD (note applicants who have just submitted their PhD will not be considered)
  • be in the early stages of their research career and must have between 3 to 8 years of research experience since their PhD by the closing date of the round.
  • not hold a permanent post in a university or not-for-profit organization 
  • do not hold or previously have held a fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status.
  • The scheme is open to applicants of all nationalities.

 

Royal Society Industry Fellowships

Deadline: 17 April 2018 

The Royal Society Industry Fellowships scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.

It aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia in the UK.

The scheme provides a basic salary for the researcher and a contribution towards research costs.

Eligibility: The applicant must:

  • have a PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession
  • hold a permanent post in a university, not-for-profit research organisation or industry in the UK
  • be at a stage in their career when they would particularly benefit from establishing or strengthening personal or corporate links between academia and industry as a foundation for long-term collaboration and development

Applications involving spin-offs or small companies are encouraged. Applicants should clearly state how the fellowship will benefit the not-for-profit research organisation, especially in cases where the applicant has financial involvement within the company. Applicants should also state which complementary skills the employees at the company can offer.

 

Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

Deadline: 4 April 2018, 7 August 2018

This fellowships scheme is for outstanding post-doctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.  The scheme supports research ranging from the molecules and cells vital to life and their role in the global spread of disease, to clinical and public health research seeking to improve the quality of healthcare. It can be based in the laboratory, clinic or field, and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches. 

The scheme seeks to support individuals who would have previously applied for a 'biomedical' Royal Society University Research Fellowship or a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship hosted by a UK academic organisation.

Eligibility: The applicant is expected to have relevant scientific or mathematical qualifications and, at the final decision point (i.e. at interview), be no more than seven years from the date of their PhD viva.

The applicant must be:

  • a UK/EEA national OR
  • a non-EEA national who either has a relevant degree from a UK university, or has worked in the UK for at least a continuous three-year period OR
  • an exceptional biomedical scientist, who does not fall within the categories above, whose recruitment to the host organisation would be advantageous to both the applicant and the organisation.

 

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (Long Term)

Deadline:  March 

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science.  Our Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Long Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese universities and research institutions for visits of between 12 to 24 months.

Eligible applicants should be citizens of the UK or EU and be currently based at a UK university or research institution. The applicant needs to have finished their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD on or after 2nd April 2012)

Scientists in the final year of their PhD can submit an application. (See JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme Notes). 

Eligible research fields are limited to the natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering science, agricultural, biological and medical research (non-clinical only), geography and experimental psychology. 

 

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

Deadline: March 

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline.

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • not yet have held a full-time established academic university or comparable UK institution
  • hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship
  • have had their doctoral viva not more than four years prior to the application closing date
  • either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of application hold an academic position in the UK (eg fixed-term lectureship, fellowship)

 

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: 18 April 2018, 9 October 2018

This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas.

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

Eligibility: You must be in the final year of your PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with some initial post-doctoral experience. You should have started to make some important contributions to your area of research eg publiciations, patents, software development or an impact on policy.

Applicants must also be citizens of the UK or EU or have, or expect to have, a PhD from a UK or Republic of Ireland University. Time spent outside the research environment will be taken into consideration (e.g. time away due to maternity, paternity, adoption leave and long term sick leave). 

The proposed research should fall within the Wellcome Trust's normal funding remit. 

 

Ramsay Memorial Fellowship

Deadline: 15 November 

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 postdoctoral chemists who have already had some postdoctoral experience of research but who are in the early stages of their career, so that they may initiate a programme of original and independent research. Fellowships are usually tenable at a university or other place of academic research within the United Kingdom.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: Preference will be given to candidates who have been born within the Commonwealth and who have graduated with distinction in chemistry from a university within the Commonwealth. In exceptional cases, the Trustees may award a Fellowship to a candidate whose academic distinction has been gained outside the Commonwealth.

 

Newton International Fellowships

Deadline: March 

This scheme is for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.  The scheme provides the opportunity for the best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutes for a period of two years.

Eligibility: The applicant must:

  • have a PhD, or will have a PhD by the time the funding starts
  • Applicants should have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry)
  • be working outside the UK at the point of application
  • not hold UK citizenship
  • be competent in oral and written English
  • have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host scientist.

 

Newton Fund

The Newton Fund is part of the UK's official development assistance.  Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.  

The full list of Newton Fund calls with links to the details of the call can be found on the Newton Fund website.

 

1851 Research Fellowships

Deadline: February

The scheme of 1851 Research Fellowships is intended to give early-career scientists or engineers of outstanding promise the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation; an ultimate objective is to contribute to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative national culture. Approximately eight awards are made each year.  The awards are for a duration of up to three years, subject to annual review.  

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 must be in possession of a recent PhD, or equivalent qualification (normally with no more than 3 years postdoctoral experience) or be in the final stages of their PhD studies, which must be successfully completed before the award of a Fellowship can be confirmed. A Fellowship will normally be held at a UK Institution approved by the Commissioners; the research should be carried out at a different Institution from the one where the candidate’s PhD research was undertaken.

Online application system will be open in the autumn.

 

HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships

Deadline: Fellowship initiation : 9 August 2018, Fellowship submission: 23 August 2018

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 (the degree must have been conferred in the 3 years prior to the submission deadline) before the start of the fellowship.

  • An applicant who is not a national from one of the supporting countries (see list below) may apply to work only in a research institution in one of the supporting countries. 
  • An applicant who is a national of one of the supporting countries can apply to work in a research institution in any country.
  • The registration site for the 2019 fellowship applications will open early July 2018. 

HFSP supporting countries:  Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, 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.

 

Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellowships

Deadline:  January 

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 or have a core-funded Group Leader position at one of our Institutes. You may apply to hold a fellowship at a CRUK Institute provided you are not in receipt of core funding concurrently to the Fellowship.he eligibility criteria is applied flexibly taking into account individual circumstances, in particular career breaks and time spent outside of research.

Cancer Research UK Career Establishment Award

Deadline:  January 

The Career Establishment Award offers new group leaders 6 years’ support to enhance their cancer research.

Eligibility: This award will support your recently established research group.

You should:

  • have a full-time post at a UK University which is committed to provide your full salary for the duration of the award
  • At least three and up to eight years of research experience since completing your PhD at the time of submitting the preliminary application
  • Space and facilities to run an independent research group
  • Completed your specialist training, obtained a PhD or MD and have at least three years' post-doctoral research experience if you are a clinician. 
  • The eligibility criteria is applied flexibly taking into account individual circumstances, in particular career breaks and time spent outside of research.

You should not have:

  • already received Fellowship funding to set up your research group  
  • a position at one of our core-funded Institutes. There are also some other locations that are not eligible; please contact CRUK before your application to see whether your host institution is covered.
  •  Time spent out of the research environment will be taken into consideration in particular career breaks and caregiving responsibilities. 

 

Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowships

Deadline: July, November.  

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 2019.

 

National Centre for the Replacement, Refine and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) David Sainsbury Fellowships

Deadline: tbc 

The NC3Rs David Sainsbury Fellowships support early-career scientists with the transition to an independent career within one of the three areas of replacement, reduction and refinement and in any area of medical, biological or veterinary research.  Proposals that integrate a range of disciplines, or that include and industrial partner, are particularly encouraged. However the scheme will not be running in 2018 and information is subject to change. 

Eligibility: Applicants should have no more than five years' postdoctoral experience.  Final year PhD students may apply provided they are awarded their PhD before the fellowship begins.  There are no residency requirements and international applicants are eligible to apply.  Each application must identify a sponsor at the host organisation which may include UK HEIs, independent research organisations and Research Council institutes.  Fellowships are tenable for three years. 

 

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Fellowships

NIHR Fellowships support outstanding individuals to become the health research leaders of the future by buying out their salary costs, meeting their training and development costs and by contributing to the research costs needed to complete an identified research project.

Four levels of NIHR Fellowship award are available:

The Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (100% strategic).

This offers 1 year WTE funding (or 4 or 5 years part time) to give people the necessary skills and experience required to undertake a PhD. Applications will only be invited from individuals looking to undertake research training with a view to submitting a future PhD application in one of the NIHR Academy’s defined Strategic Themes. This will include anyone looking to build a research career in any of the areas previously supported by the NIHR Research Methods Programme (medical statistics, health economics, clinical trial design, operational research and modelling),as well as other relevant methodologies more widely. Deadline: February 2019.

The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship (response mode and strategic). 

This Fellowship offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part time). Clinical applicants will be able to include up to 20% clinical time as part of the Fellowship to ensure clinical maintenance of clinical competence whilst undertaking the Fellowship.

Eligibility: Clincial academic applicants must demonstrate completion of relevant pre-registration training. For non-clinical applicants must demonstrate completion of their first degree. The proposed host must be an English Higher Education Institution, NHS body or othr provider of health and/or care services. Applicants must intend to register for a PhD or if already registered the applicant must not have been registered for more than 12 months(WTE) by the time the award starts. Deadline: October 2018


NIHR Advanced Fellowship (response mode and strategic).

This Fellowship is between 2 and 5 years in duration and may be taken up on a part time basis of between 50 and 100% WTE at post-doctoral level and aimed at several specific points of a researcher’s career development. These being for researchers who have recently completed or about to be awarded a PhD but haven’t yet established themselves as independent researcher, for researchers starting to establish themselves as independent researchers or those already established as independent researchers but not yet recognised as an international leader in their field, for researchers that are looking to transition into applied health research from a basic science background or those looking to re-establish their research career following a significant career break. 

Advanced Fellowships will be available with a ‘clinical academic’ option whereby clinical applicants will have the option to request between 20% and 40% of their time be dedicated to clinical service/development which would be covered by the Fellowship.

Eligibility: Clinical academic applicants must have completed relevant pre-registration training.  The proposed host must be an English Higher Education Institution, NHS body or othr provider of health and/or care services. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD or MD by the time they attend for interview. Applicants must not be holding the level of holding a Chair and be at one of the stages of the their post-doctoral research career as described under the aims of the award.  Deadline: October 2018

The NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award (response mode and strategic). 

This Fellowship offers 1 year of funding (part time basis of between 50 and 100% WTE available, however the maximum duration will still be 1 year regardless of WTE) post-doctoral level award aimed at supporting NIHR Academy Members to gain specific skills and experience to support the next phase of their research career. This will include NIHR Academy Members requiring support for career continuity in advance of applying for further NIHR Academic Career Development funding, who haven’t been able to source support from elsewhere e.g. from Research Capability Funding. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the new skills and experience they hope to gain through the award and how it will benefit their future career in research.

Eligibilty: Clinical academic applicants must have completed relevant pre-registration training.  The proposed host must be an English Higher Education Institution, NHS body or othr provider of health and/or care services. Applicants must hold their PhD or MD, or have submitted their thesis for examination at the time of application and must have been awarded their PhD  or MD by the time they start. Deadline: May 2019.

 

 

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Professorships

Deadline: Mid/late September 2018

NIHR Research Professorships aims to fund leaders in the early part of their careers to lead research, to promote effective translation of research ('bench to bedside[T1] and 'campus to clinic' [T2]) and strengthen research leadership at the highest academic levels.

The posts aim to:

  • Enable outstanding early career academics to spend a fixed 5 year period dedicated to translational (T1 or T2) research at Professorial level;
  • Facilitate strong research leadership and develop research capacity in areas critical to accelerating the transfer of research ideas into improved health.

Eligibility: These awards are open to health researchers and methodologists with an outstanding record of clinical and applied health research and its effective translation for improved health. Competitive candidates will demonstrate a steep career trajectory, on course to becoming the country's most outstanding research leaders. They will currently be at consultant grade or equivalent, and be at an early stage having spent no more than five years at their current level of seniority (whether as a Reader, Senior Lecturer/Fellow, Clinician Scientist,Group Leader or similar). Nominees at/close to the Professorial level should be on course to qualify for a Professorship within the coming years or recently have been appointed as a Professor. Nominees should not already be established leaders in their field, but be on an upward trajectory to become leaders during/after the period of the award.

 

NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships

Deadline: tbc

Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships (KMR Fellowships) are designed to support a balance of innovative knowledge mobilisation and research into the processes and impacts of such innovation. Through innovative practice and systematic study of that practice KMR Fellows should advance knowledge and understanding about research use, influence and impact.

In order to encourage partnership working between the NHS and Higher Education Institutions, applications must be supported by at least two organisations from these different sectors. NHS organisations may be providers or commissioners of NHS health services.

KMR Fellowships are personal awards designed to buy out an individual's salary costs, fund a training and development programme and fund the activities needed to complete an identified knowledge mobilisation research project.

Because applications are welcomed from individuals working on either side of the activity gap that this scheme aims to bridge, the specific experiences and competencies expected of the applicant are dependent on their background.

The NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship (KMRF) is currently under review and we are not planning a new round in 2018. There will not be a KMRF competition launched in July 2018. NIHR will be announcing later in the year what format future KMRF competitions will take, once the new process for the CLAHRC competition has been announced. In the interim, recognising that Knowledge Mobilisation research remains an important area for NIHR, the Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships which launch in October 2018 will include Knowledge Mobilisation research as a Strategic Theme. However unlike with KMRFs which include a mixture of knowledge mobilisation and KM research activities, the Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships will focus just on KM research.

 

MRC Fellowships

The MRC funds a range of fellowship award schemes for both clinical and non-clinical researchers. 
 

MRC Senior Non-Clinical Fellowships

Deadline: 20 September 2018 (4pm)

The Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship (SNCF) supports proven independent researchers with a track record of excellence in their scientific field to develop themselves to be research leaders.

Eligibility: Applicants should hold a PhD (or equivalent); there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience. 

MRC Career Development Award

Deadline: 20 September 2018 (4pm)

The Career Development Award (CDA) supports outstanding post-doctoral researchers who are not clinically active to consolidate their research skills and make the transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator.

Eligibility:   

There are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience. Applicants are normally expected to hold a PhD, however, in some cases applicants without a PhD may be considerd if they are able to clearly demonstarte their skills and experience match those of the transition to independence career stage in the applicant skills and experience table on the website. 

EMBO Fellowships

EMBO Long-Term Fellowships

Deadline: (Evaluation Deadline to be considered for the Autumn Selection Round) 10th August(1pm BST) (2pm CEST)

The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process. 

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent at the start of the fellowship.
  • Applicants who already hold a PhD degree at the time of application are eligible to apply only if they passed their PhD exam in the two years prior to the respective application deadline
  • Applicants must have at least one first author publication accepted in press or published in an international peer reviewed journal at the time of application.
  • All applications must involve movement between countries.
  • Applications to go to the country in which the PhD was obtained will not be considered.
  • Applications for a Long-Term Fellowship to be held in the laboratory, institute or department in which the candidate worked to obtain his or her PhD, or to work again with the candidate's PhD supervisor, no matter where the latter is located, will not be considered.
  • Candidates can only submit one application for one project at one host laboratory at each round of selection.
    Reapplication is permissible only once. 

Applications accepted throughout the year. However, the most recent evaluation deadline is specified above.

EMBO Short-Term Fellowships 

Short-Term Fellowships fund research visits of up to three months to laboratories in eligible countries. The aim is to facilitate valuable collaborations with research groups applying techniques that are unavailable in the applicant's laboratory. Short-Term Fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country. Short-Term Fellowships are intended for joint research work rather than consultations. The fellowships cover travel plus subsistence of the fellow only and not of dependents.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be active researchers at any stage in their career with a minimum of one year of research experience at the PhD-student level.
  • Short-Term Fellowships are awarded for research exchanges between laboratories in EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners.
  • Applications for the exclusive purpose of training in a technique rather than as a component of a wider research project, will not be considered for funding.
  • EMBO applications for Short-Term Fellowships to prolong visits begun under other auspices, or as bridging fellowships between, or prior to, long term stays funded by EMBO or other organisations will not be considered.
  • Applications for fellowships to attend courses, workshops or symposia will not be considered.

Applications accepted throughout the year.

EMBO/ERS Fellowships 

Deadline: 14 January (Long-Term) and 1 April/1 October (Short-Term Fellowships)

The joint ERS/EMBO Fellowships Programme is a new collaboration between EMBO and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) launched in December 2012. The goal of this joint programme is to encourage collaboration between clinicians and basic researchers and to bring more clinicians into basic science. The ERS is interested in offering such fellowships particularly to clinicians working in the field of respiratory medicine. Building European expertise in the area of respiratory health and promoting excellence in molecular biology research is key for both organisations.

Eligibility:

  • Candidates should be actively engaged in research/science/practice that is relevant to respiratory medicine, and have appropriate scientific or medical qualifications.
  • Applicants must be postgraduates holding a university degree in medicine/science (MD, MSc, PhD, MD-PhD). As a minimum requirement, applicants need to have graduated with an MD, MSc or equivalent at the time of application. Candidates may also be qualified healthcare professionals (non-MD) working in respiratory medicine/health (nurses, physiotherapists, respiratory function technologists,allied respiratory professionals).
  • As the purpose of the fellowship is to bring clinicians into the field of basic science, candidates who have a strong clinical background (MDs and MDs-PhDs) will be favoured and prioritized during the selection process.
    All applications must involve intra-European exchange with either home or host country being an EMBC Member State.
  • Candidates must be ERS members. The ERS membership fee is free for members under 35.

 

Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowships

Deadline:  Applicants can express an interest in this award at any time.

Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowships provide long-term support for researchers of international standing.  Successful candidates will have an established track record in research at the highest level.  The fellowship consists of a personal salary and research programme funding in ful for an initial period of seven years.  The Trust may supplement the grant with a distinction award of up to £50,000 in recognition of the outstanding calibre of the individual.

Eligibility:  Applicants should have an established track record in research at the highest level.  This award is particularly suitable for exceptional senior research scientists currently based overseas who wish to work in the UK or Republic of Ireland.  If you hold an established post you may not apply for a Principal Research Fellowship (PRF) to be held at your current employing institution.  If you hold an established post in the UK or Republic of Ireland you will need to be able to make a strong case to jusify the requested move.

 

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science

Deadline: 24 July 2018 (5pm) 12 November 2018 (5pm)

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science provides support for established independent scientific researchers who are leaders in their field. 

Eligibility: Applicants can apply if they're an established researcher leading their own independent research programme.  The programme of work proposed must be innovative and ambitious.  Applicants must have a PhD and significant postdoctoral research experience.

Applicants should be able to show:

  • work is important, original and has impact
  • important contributions have been made their their area of research, eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on policy.
  • they have an international reputation as a research leader in their field
  • they have a track record of sustained research support from major funding bodies
  • they're committed to developing and mentoring less experience researchers.

Applicants must have sponsorship from a head of department or equivalent at an eligible host organisation in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Nationals from a host organisation based in a low-or middle income economy may apply but they must be a national of the countries listed.

Applicants who have currently hold, or have held a senior fellowship supported by another funding body, are eligible to apply for a Senior Research Fellowship of up to 5 years. The Applicant will need 50% salary contribution to come from their host organisation. After this, applicants will not be able to apply for renewal.

Applicants who have been away from research, due to parental leave, a career break or long term sick leave for example, should be able to apply as these circumstances will be considered when review the application. 

Alzheimer's Society Fellowships

Deadline: 28 September 2018 (Midday)

Junior Fellowships

Junior Fellowships are for post-doctoral researchers who have shown exceptional promise at the start of their research career. Applicants should demonstrate potential to be an independent researcher.

Fellowships are open to researchers from all disciplines, health and care professions, in line with Alzheimer’s Society's vision to increase capacity with depth and breadth across all disciplines involved in dementia research.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should have submitted their PhD at the point of application or be within four years since the date of PhD viva. Allowances will be made for career breaks. 
  • For researchers that have combined research and practice, allowances will be made and applicants should be within four years full-time equivalent of research since their PhD at the point of making an application. 
  • Applicants should not already be in open-ended, university-funded posts (i.e. university lecturer). 
  • It is recognised that in some non-biomedical fields of research, a PhD has not been commonly supported. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a PhD but with an equivalent track record and duration of research and other qualifications should contact the research office to discuss if they might be eligible to apply for the scheme. 
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. 
  • The host institution must be in the UK.

Senior Fellowships

A Senior Fellowship is for post-doctoral or other successful researchers who wish to build on a number of successful years of dementia research, and who demonstrate the ambition and potential to be an independent investigator at the end of the award.

Applicants will have an established track record in an area of dementia research as evidenced by publications, collaborations or other grant funding (either as a co-applicant or principal applicant).

Fellowships are open to researchers from all disciplines, health and care professions, in line with Alzheimer’s Society's vision to increase capacity with depth and breadth across all disciplines involved in dementia research.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should be three to ten years since the date of PhD viva. Allowances will be made for career breaks.
  • For researchers that have combined research and practice, allowances will be made and applicants should be within three to ten years full-time equivalent of research since their PhD at the point of applying.
  • It is recognised that in some non-biomedical fields of research, a PhD has not been commonly supported. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a PhD, but with an equivalent track record and duration of research and other qualifications should contact the research office to discuss if they might be eligible to apply for the scheme.
  • Applicants should not already be in open-ended, university-funded posts (i.e. university lecturer).
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • The host institution must be in the UK.

Clinical and Healthcare Professionals Training Fellowships

Clinician and healthcare professionals training fellowship is for practicing professionals working in dementia health and care services to undertake study towards a higher research degree (usually a PhD) and who wish to develop a dual career that combines research and practice.

Eligibility:

  • The award is open to all professions working in dementia clinical and health services.
  • Clinician applicants are required to have completed appropriate College Membership exams before taking up the award.
  • Allied health professionals and nurses should have completed their professional training and hold registered membership of an appropriate body. AHPs and nurse applicants are expected to hold a Master’s degree or equivalent post-grad research orientated qualification or experience.
  • Professions with doctoral-level training should have completed the relevant qualification. For example, clinical psychologists should have completed a DClinPsy.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • The host institution must be in the UK.

 

Alzheimers Research UK (ARUK)

All applications for Alzheimer's Research UK grant schemes must fall within ARUK’s remit: research into causes, cures, preventions, diagnoses and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. These include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and frontotemporal dementias. We do not fund carer-focused research but will consider applications that address the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Research Fellowships

Deadline: 4 July 2018

This scheme is for PhD qualified non-clinical researchers.

Eligibility:

  • Research Fellowships are intended for junior (non-clinically qualified) researchers who have delivered previous research project(s) with impactful outputs, such as publications and conference presentations and  demonstrated an upward trajectory.
  • Researchers who already hold tenure are not eligible to apply. 
  •  The principal applicant and contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.
  • Fellows are required to have secured a supervisor, a senior established investigator in the institution where the Fellowship is to be held. The supervisor will provide the facilities required for the research programme, will have oversight of the Fellow and their research programme, and will contribute actively to the further training of the Fellow.
  • Supervisors are expected to hold tenure appointments.
  • Fellowships must be applied for by the prospective Fellow, not the supervisors.
  • If the project requires ethical approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

Senior Research Fellow

Deadline: 4 July 2018

ARUK Senior Research Fellowships are designed to retain excellent clinical and non-clinical researchers who have a track record of nationally competitive research and clear research plans to manage their independent research groups and become internationally recognised within the field of biomeidcal dementia research. 

Eligibility:

  • Senior Fellowships are intended for outstanding researchers who have a strong track record of original and productive research in their area, as shown by senior author publication(s) or other equivalent outputs, which demonstrate productivity and impact across past appointments, typically at least one previous post-doctoral appointment.  Prospective applicants should be able to demonstrate progress moving towards independence through the following:
  • Diverse collaborations and partnerships, independent of their sponsors and past supervisors.
  • Receipt of a small amount of independent funding and/or
  • A track record of effiective management of their own laboratory staff. 
  • The lead applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.
  • Prospective Senior Fellows are required to have secured a Sponsor, a senior established investigator in the institution where the Fellowship is to be held. The supervisor will provide the facilities required for the research programme.
  • Supervisors are expected to hold tenure.
  • Fellowships must be applied for by the prospective Fellow, not the supervisors.
  • If the project requires ethical approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

Clinical Research Fellowship

Deadline: 4 July 2018

Eligibility:

  • Clinical Fellowships are for clinically qualified researchers, include trainee Old Age/General Psychiatrists, Nureologists, Clinical Psychologists and similar specialists, who may or may not hold a PhD. 
  • The prospective Clinical Fellow should have delivered previous research projects that generated impactful outputs such as presentations at conferences and publications. 
  • The lead applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.
  • Prospective Fellows are required to have secured a supervisor: a senior established investigator in the institution where the Fellowship is to be held. The supervisor will provide the facilities required for the research programme, will have oversight of the Fellow and their research programme, and will contribute actively to the further training of the Fellow.
  • At least one Supervisor, preferably, the lead Supervisor, must have a contract(fixed term or tenure) with the host institution which covers the proposed duration of the Fellowship. If the lead Supervisor does not hold a fixed term contract or tenure, the application must include a co-Supervisor that does fulfil this requirement. 
  • At least one Supervisor must be clinically qualified(UK MRCP, MRCPsych, BPS accreditation or equivalent) and hold an honarary contract. 
  • Fellowships must be applied for by the prospective Fellow, not the supervisor(s). If the project requires ethical approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

 

 Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellowship

Deadline: 11 April 2018 (4pm)

Career Development Fellowships aim to attract and retain talented postdoctoral basic scientists and allied health professions in research relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions, and provide them with the opportunity to develop an independent research career and progress towards higher-lvel appointments.

Eligibility: Applicants should have at least 3 years' postdoctoral research experience.  Applicants should be associated with an established sponsor, within a multidisciplinary research group in a UK university department, hospital or research institute.  Fellowships are normally awarded for five years and aren't renewable.

 

Asthma UK Senior Non-Clinical Research Fellowship

Deadline: February

The Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship Awards aim to support researchers at post-doctoral level who want to transition to indepence.  The awards are for up to £225,000 for up to 5 years and are open to applicants who have a track record of challenging, original and productive research in their area which shows productivitiy across past appointments (typically at least one post-doctoral appointment), as well as an upward trajectory.  The awards aim to support researchers and their staff in answering a single question or a small group of related questions about a specific aspect of asthma which has been highlighted as a priority research area.  Applications for funding should address at least on of the 15 research priorities, listed here.

Eligibility: 

  • Applicants and their projects should be based at UK research institutions.
  • Applicants must also have at least one sponsor based holding a tenured position at a UK research institution.
  • Applicants should demonstrate evidence of leadership as well as strong research record.
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Bloodwise (the new name for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research)

Funding opportunities from Bloodwise.

Bennett Fellowships

Deadline: tbc

These fellowships are awarded to outstanding clinical and non-clinical qualified post-doctoral researchers to establish themselves as independent investigators in any aspect of haematological research relevant to the mission of blood cancer research. Awards are up to five years in duration together with one research assistant or post-doctoral post.

Lectureships/Senior Lectureships

Deadline: tbc

These can be awarded to outstanding clinical and non-clinical candidates in partnership with a host Institution/University. The basis of an award must be discussed with the Scientific Director before an application can be considered.

 

L'Oréal UK and Ireland Fellowships for Women in Science

Deadline: tbc

The L'Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science are awards offered by a partnership between L'Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society, to promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the UK or Ireland in the fields of the life and physical sciences.

Five Fellowships will be awarded in 2018 to outstanding women scientists in the early stages of their career to enable and/or facilitate promising scientific research. The Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life or physical sciences.

Eligibility: 

  • Candidates must be female postdoctoral level researchers who have already been awarded their research doctorate in the fields of life or physical science by the time of their application.
  • Candidates must have no more than 10 years' active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry).
  • Candidates must not currently hold a permanent academic post, or have ever held a permanent academic post in the past, or have received, before the start date of the award, the promise of a permanent academic post.
  • Candidates must be undertaking research in the life or physical sciences. Computer science, engineering, mathematics, psychology, science education and social sciences are not eligible for this Fellowship.
  • Candidates must be conducting their research at a UK or Irish university or research institute.
  • Candidates can be a citizen of any country . However applicants must already have a confirmed contract covering the 12-month period of the Fellowship at the University Research Institute within the UK or Ireland. Applicants must already be residing in the UK or Ireland at the time of application. 
  • Applications are welcomed from candidates who wish to establish/re-establish themselves after a career break or other period of absence from active research or where the candidate is establishing a research career as a mature entrant or after experience in other fields. 

 

Toshiba Fellowship Programme

Deadline: tbc

The Toshiba Fellowship Programme (TFP) offers outstanding scientists an opportunity to apply to join Toshiba's research and development laboratories in Japan, initially for one year, on a Research Fellowship Contract.

Eligibility:

  • Be of EU nationality
  • Be based in a UK academic or Government institution at the time of application (studying or working)
  • Have no more than 10 years' post-Doctoral experience
  • Have completed their PhD by the time they begin the Fellowship in Japan
How to apply:
Candidates should click here to register their interest.

Association of Medical Research Charities

 A number of other UK charities also offer fellowships and the Association of Medical Research Charities Members Directory has a useful link for finding fellowships and other funding opportunities.

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