Externally funded fellowships

GEE is a dynamic, research-active department, and we encourage young scientists to join us on externally funded fellowships. GEE and UCL will provide a stimulating environment for your research, with several institutes and research centres focused on broad topics in ecology and evolution, including the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, the UCL Genetics Institute, the R.A. Fisher Centre for Computational Biology, the Institute of Healthy Ageing, and the newly proposed Centre for Life’s Origins and Evolution. UCL has a policy to provide successful fellowship holders with permanent positions, and active mentoring will help you to successfully develop your career.

We are committed to supporting potential fellows from the start. We will make every effort to assist you in the early stages of your funding application, providing feedback in developing your project, refining your application and preparing for your interview. GEE staff include current fellows and many established researchers who started their careers on fellowships, all of whom will be able to share their experience in the development of applications.

If you are interested in joining GEE on a fellowship or would like to know more on what we can offer you, please get in touch with us well in advance (minimum one month) of the relevant application deadlines. As a first point of contact, email
Max Reuter or Anjali Goswami.

Below, we list the most relevant funding schemes, but please note that this is not exhaustive. Please explore the list and the information provided on the funders’ websites.

Independent fellowships (in order of deadlines from August)

UCL Excellence Fellowship – Internal deadline 15th July; final deadline 29th August. 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.  For more information on the scheme and application process.

Royal Society 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. The award covers the fellow’s salary and a fixed contribution to research expenses for five years. See further details.

MRC Career Development Award – Deadlines April and September. The scheme supports talented post-doctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences to lead their own research plans and establish their own, independent research team. The award includes the fellow’s salary and support for research staff, consumables expenses, travel costs and capital equipment for up to five years. See further details.

NERC Independent Research Fellowships – Deadline 4th October 2016. This scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists. The remit ranges from atmospheric and earth sciences to ecology to evolutionary genetics. The award covers five years of salary and research expenses. See further details.

Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship – Deadlines in spring and autumn. This scheme is for outstanding post-doctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question. The award covers the fellow’s salary and research costs (including technical assistance) for five years. See further details.

European Research Council Starting Grants – Deadline tba Nov 2016. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. The five-year award has a flexible budget that can be used to cover the fellow’s salary, PhD and postdoc posts, consumable, travel and equipment. Further details.

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship – Deadline tba Jan 2017. This scheme is equivalent to the University Research Fellowships, but specifically targeted at individuals who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. See further details.  

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships – Deadline tba spring 2017. The scheme provides support for researchers with high academic and leadership potential wishing to establish their first independent research group. The award includes the fellow’s salary and a significant research support grant for five years. See further details.

Shorter term and postdoctoral fellowships (in order of deadlines from August)

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.

Royal Society Newton International Fellowship – Deadline tba spring 2017. 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 award covers the fellow’s salary for 24 months. See further details.

BBSRC Future Leaders Fellowships – Deadline tba spring 2017. The scheme provides support for early career researchers (up to five years from PhD) wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The three-year award covers the fellow’s salary as well as the costs of travel, training and research consumables. See further details.

MRC Skills Development Fellowship – Deadline tbc June 2017. The scheme supports talented early researchers in the biomedical sciences to explore, consolidate and further develop their skills in quantitative skills (mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics) and/or skills at the social science interface. The three-year award includes the fellow’s salary and support for research staff, consumables expenses, travel costs and capital. See further details.

Current senior and post-doctoral fellows in the department are:

    Senior Fellowships
Lazaros Foukas
Wellcome Trust University Award
Garrett Hellenthal
GEE/UGI Sir Henry Dale Fellowship
Nazif Alic
GEE/IHA Biosciences Fellowship
Alex Stewart
Royal Society Fellowship
Jan Janouskovec
UCL Excellence Research Fellow
    Post-doctoral Fellowships
Michal Malecki
GEE Newton International Fellow
Bram Kuijper
Zena Hadjivasiliou
David Diez del Molina
GEE Marie Curie
Matteo Fumagalli
Adesakin Oyinkansola
GEE/IHA Alzheimer's Society Fellowship
Celine Bellard
 GEE/CBER  AXA Research Fund Fellowship
Doug Speed
GEE/UGI MRC Biostatistics
Stephen Montgomery
GEE Leverhulme Trust
Anna Poetsch
GEE/UGI Peter & Traudl Engelhorn Stiftung
Laurel Fogarty
EPSRC 2020
Natasha Bloch
Marie Curie
Vincencio Oostra
Marie Curie
Rebecca Dean
Marie Curie
Florencia Camus
GEE Marie Curie

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