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.
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.
We are not currently accepting expressions of interest in our fellowships schemes.
- three years’ independent research funding, covering salary costs at c. £42,155 to £53,353
- 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
Our fellowships actively support applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds, including those returning from a career break or from other roles. We also support applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal commitments.
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 (6 October 2022).
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.
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 scheme is open to external (including international) and internal candidates. 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.