Opportunities for External Fellowships


CoMPLEX is seeking motivated individuals working on mathematical or computation modelling in the life sciences to join as Independent Research Fellows. We would particularly welcome expressions of interest in Systems Biology, Mathematical Biology, Systems Neuroscience and Ecology.  Researchers within the university have international reputations, and are supported by superb research facilities, making UCL an exciting environment for your research.

We recognise the importance of this step in the career of a young researcher and are keen to assist individuals with their applications and their integration into UCL. Advice will be given on identifying a suitable host. We will make every effort to support you in the early stages of your fellowship application, providing assistance in developing your research proposal, writing the application and preparing for your interview.

If you are interested in applying for an externally funded fellowship, such as those offered by the BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and Wellcome Trust, to be held at UCL in the areas described above then please send your CV and a brief outline of your research interests to Matt Wakelin (email: m.wakelin@ucl.ac.uk). Please do so well in advance of the application deadline.

We are also interested in researchers who currently hold a Fellowship and may be interested in moving to UCL.

Marie Curie Seminar

A Marie Curie Seminar will take place at UCL on 20th May, 09:30-13:00

The aim of the session is to provide participants with an overview of the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships (International mobility and the Career Integration Grants). These sessions will also provide those wishing to submit an application with a deeper understanding of the proposal format and the key issues they are required to address in planning and writing their proposal.

The Seminar, which has been arranged by ERDO (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/research/europe), will be delivered by the UK National Point for Marie Curie Actions. Details/registration for the event can be found here:

The sessions will be of particular interest to UK-based researchers who are interested in and/or are planning to submit a proposal to the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships’ calls, which opened on 16th March and closes on 11th August, or the second cut-off date for the Career Integration Grants on the 6th September.

Sources of external funding for independent Fellowships

Newton International Fellowships 

The Scheme has been established to select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years. Deadline for applications is 4th April 2011. For further information please see http://www.newtonfellowships.org/

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

BBSRC supports world-class research in some of the most exciting areas of contemporary science. These include: stem cell biology, brain function and behaviour, nanotechnology, e-science. The focus is on major challenges such as the impact of climate change, a healthier old age, and sustainable food production, land use and energy production.

British Heart Foundation

BHF provides personal support for non-clinical and clinical cardiovascular researchers at all stages of their career. They also provide grants for short and long term research projects, essential infrastructure and strategic initiatives.

Cancer Research UK

Fellowships and Training Grants provide support for investigators early in their careers, particularly for those establishing a research group for the first time. Fellowships will provide the salary of the Principal Investigator on research such as Biomarker studies, Cancer imaging, Cell and molecular biology, Drug discovery and development, Exploratory medicine clinical trials, Immunology and tumour biology.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Fellowships generally provide funding to help researchers spend their time on research. Most operate through annual calls. Available in mathematical sciences, theoretical computer science, cross-disciplinary interfaces (physical sciences and/or engineering with the life or social sciences), theoretical physics and engineering.

Medical Research Council

The MRC funds a range of fellowship award schemes for both clinical and non-clinical researchers.  For information on how to apply and assessment procedure visit the links on the right. Use the MRC Fellowships Eligibility Checker to find out which is the most appropriate for you.

Natural Environment Research Council

NERC funds around 90 Fellowships at any one time with up to 30 new awards each year. These awards provide opportunities for outstanding environmental scientists to devote their time to research, developing their research careers and producing work of international importance.

Royal Society

The Royal Society runs a number of funding schemes which are designed to enhance the UK science base and foster collaboration between UK-based and overseas scientists.

Wellcome Trust

Fellowships provide support for young researchers to be trained and mentored in the best environments, enable more experienced researchers to develop their own independent research programmes, and fund internationally recognised researchers to undertake world-class research.

MRC Special Training Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics (Bioinformatics, Neuroinformatics, and Health Informatics)


This supports specialist multi-disciplinary training aimed at creating a research workforce able to take forward new developments in the fields of bioinformatics, neuroinformatics, health informatics and computational biology. The fellowship lasts for a period of up to four years and covers salary payable up to NHS consultant level, research training support costs, travel costs, and all other relevant costs under full economic costs. 

If you are interested in this fellowship then please contact Matt Wakelin

EPSRC – Postdoctoral Research Fellowships


Fellowships are available in the areas of Mathematics, Theoretical Physics and Cross-Disciplinary Interfaces (covering interfaces with all disciplines but proposals must be grounded in the engineering and Physical Sciences) to enable the most talented researchers to establish an independent research career. Awards are for a period of up to three years and cover the salary costs of the Fellow, reasonable consumables, travel and subsistence. Potential candidates should have no more than three years postdoctoral experience by the start date of the fellowship and must not hold a permanent academic position. 

If you are interested in this fellowship then please contact Matt Wakelin

European Commission – Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships


Two year post-doc fellowship projects that are open to all disciplines to allow researchers to acquire new skills and to support trans-national mobility.

If you are interested in this fellowship then please contact Matt Wakelin

Human Frontier Science Program – Cross-disciplinary Fellowships


The HFSP supports innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships are open to applicants with a PhD from outside the life sciences, e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences, who have had limited exposure to biology during their previous training. Applicants should propose a significant departure from their past research by changing e.g. from material science or physics to cell biology, from chemistry to molecular biology, or from computer science to neuroscience.

If you are interested in this fellowship then please contact Matt Wakelin.

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