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Fellowship Opportunities

UCL's Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER) (Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment) is a world class centre with a broad research portfolio in biodiversity, ecology and conservation.  We are looking to recruit promising early-career researchers to expand our current strengths via a number of fellowship programmes.

Schemes

UCL’s Excellence Fellowship programmeDeadline 15th July. 

The UCL Excellence Fellowship scheme is run by the School of Life and Medical Sciences and is open to the full range of disciplines in basic and applied life sciences. The UCL Excellence Fellowship offers salary and research funding, as well as generous funding supplements for individuals bringing externally funded fellowships to UCL. 

GEE runs a pre-selection to identify candidates for departmental support. Preliminary applications, including a one-page proposal, full CV and the name of the sponsor, should be submitted for internal review by July 15. Documents should be sent to Prof. Anjali Goswami (a.goswami@ucl.ac.uk) or Dr Max Reuter (m.reuter@ucl.ac.uk), who are in charge of fellowship support for GEE. They can also provide assistance with identifying a potential sponsor if contacted in advance of the deadline. Based on the preliminary applications, a shortlist of applicants will be selected for departmental support and invited to submit a full application by the scheme deadline of August 29.

For more information on the scheme and application process, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slms/research/excellence-fellowship/

Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions – Individual Fellowships – Deadline 14th Sept 2016

The goal of Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. Further details http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/

Royal Society’s University Research Fellowship – Deadline tba Sept 2016.

This 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. See further details https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/university-research/

NERC’s Independent Research Fellowships – Deadline 4th October 2016.

The NERC Independent Research Fellowship (IRF) Scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving all fellows five years' support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition. See further details http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/irf/

European Research Council’s Starting GrantsDeadline tba Nov 2016

The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. Further details https://erc.europa.eu/funding-and-grants/funding-schemes/starting-grants

Royal Society’s Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship – Deadline tba Jan 2017

This 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. See further details https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin-fellowship/

Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowships – Deadline tba March 2017

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. See further details https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships

BBSRC’s David Philips Fellowships – Deadline tba May 2017

David Phillips Fellowships provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. See further details http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/david-phillips/

How to Apply

Applicants should discuss their interests with a relevant member of academic staff well before the deadline of the schemes, especially as some schemes require a named mentor. If you need assistance with identifying a potential sponsor then please send enquiries to Prof. Anjali Goswami (a.goswami@ucl.ac.uk) or Dr. Max Reuter (m.reuter@ucl.ac.uk) who are in charge of fellowship support. Based on the preliminary discussions, a shortlist of applicants will be selected for further support and invited to submit a full application by the relevant schemes deadline.

The Department has a track record of supporting fellowship applicants from initial application to securing subsequent permanent employment within the department. You can find more information about the centre and department at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cber and http://www.ucl.ac.uk/gee .

A note for non-UK applicants: Fellowships are an integral part of the UK academic system and are the preferred and privileged route towards permanent academic positions. Externally funded grants covering salary and research expenses are open to non-UK applicants from a range of funding agencies. These awards allow early- and mid-career scientists to concentrate on their work unhindered by teaching and administrative loads.

Other schemes

  • Wellcome Trust Fellowships A range of fellowships are on offer for those who come from low to middle income countries, focusing on a public health and tropical medicine /environmental disease drivers. Applicants are encouraged to review the topic area to ensure their proposal fits the criteria before applying. 
  • Medical Research Council Fellowships Fellowships focus on a economic of health and biomedical science area, environmental disease drivers and related topics may apply to these categories. Applicants are encouraged to review the topic area to ensure their proposal fits the criteria before applying.
  • EPSRC Fellowships Applicants have to register on Je-S.Applicants can apply to a range of topic areas, the most likely to be of interest is; Living with environmental change.