We've got a world to change – apply for your fellowship today
Join our pioneering research fellows and get the generous funding, specialist support and unique opportunities you need to be a research leader.
Our fellows are essential to our mission of delivering exceptional research that transforms lives in the UK and across the world.
three years’ independent research funding, covering salary costs at c. £43,155 to £54,421
the link to a permanent academic post, subject to performance
additional funding for research expenses totalling £75,000
childcare costs of up to £15,000
access to mentoring, career development and networking with the wider fellowship community
Apply now and join a university with a diverse, thriving community and a reputation for transformative discoveries.
We recognise that exceptional people come from many backgrounds, with diverse career paths and circumstances that are as individual as you are. We are committed to an inclusive and dynamic research environment, and welcome applications from those wishing to work part-time to meet personal responsibilities. We are especially interested in supporting those from Black and Asian backgrounds.
Please register your interest by Friday 6 October 2023 via the relevant school or faculty vacancy. You must discuss your research proposal with your host school or faculty, and you must have been awarded your PhD to apply.
We are flexible with start dates but it is anticipated that successful fellows will start in spring or autumn 2024.
For further information about the scheme or the application process, please contact the Fellowships team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our fellowship schemes
Fellows are essential to our mission to deliver exceptional research that transforms lives in the UK and across the world. They are the research leaders of tomorrow, working with inspirational pioneers from across disciplines to find solutions to complex global problems.
We have two schemes, each offering the same package of support:
Anne McLaren fellowships are aimed at outstanding female postdoctoral researchers in science, technology, engineering and medicine, who are at the early stage of their academic careers and wish to establish a research career in the UK
Nottingham Research fellowships are aimed at outstanding postdoctoral researchers who are at the early stage of their academic careers from all academic disciplines represented at the university
Both schemes are open to external – including international – and internal candidates.
Am I eligible to apply?
Candidates must have been awarded their PhD – or equivalent such as postgraduate MD/DM for clinical applicants – prior to the closing date for registering interest in the scheme by 6 October 2023.
This scheme is aimed at early career researchers, and candidates who 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. Candidates will be assessed on their quality, potential, trajectory and track record, relative to their career stage.
We invite applications from all academic disciplines across the university. Candidates for the Anne McLaren fellowships must be pursuing a career in a STEM subject. Female researchers are typically under-represented in STEM subjects and female applicants are strongly encouraged. Candidates for the Nottingham Research fellowships can be from any academic discipline across the university.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate:
- an outstanding track record of research for their career stage and discipline, including high-quality publications, research funding and/or prizes and awards
- evidence of a growing reputation, both nationally and internationally
- an aptitude to lead and inspire others within the research team and institution more broadly
- potential to act as an ambassador in their research field and more widely
Part-time appointments will be considered on a pro-rata basis.
Candidates are not normally expected to have a permanent position, as they may be considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already.
The University of Nottingham will act as sponsor for any candidate who does not have the right to work in the UK.
For more details on what makes a good application, details of current fellows and the characteristics of successful fellows, meet some of our fellows and explore what makes a good candidate. You can also find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
6 October 2023
Expression of interest deadline
By 10 November 2023
Candidates invited to submit a full application
11 December 2023
Full application deadline
15 December 2023
Submit Head of School supporting statement
Candidates invited to interview
April 2024 onwards