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Research Fellowships

We are keen to support a limited number of strong candidates in applying for Research Fellowships. If your profile and interests match our activities, we would be very interested to hear from you.

Timescales:  To allow time both for preparation and proper costing of the proposal, the process must start at least 20 working days before the deadline. All Fellowship proposals will be subject to a critical review by a member of academic staff as part of the submission process.

To apply: The best initial approach is to contact either the Head of Division or the Head of the Research Department where your interest lies.   

Deadlines: Each Fellowship has a different deadline, and these dates will be published on the relevant websites – see links below.

Pay Scales: You will need to agree your pay scale with your departmental sponsor.  The lowest grade a Fellow can be costed at is Grade 7, Point 29 and it is normal that there is an additional spine point for every year of postdoctoral experience you have.  So for a Fellow with one year of postdoctoral experience at the beginning of the Fellowship it will be grade 7, point 30.  UCL pay scales can be found at UCL's HR site.

 
Council Call Who can apply Tenure
BBSRC  David Phillips Fellowship Applicants should have between 3 and 10 years postdoctoral experience Up to 5 years
BBSRC  Research Development Fellowships Academic staff of a UK university with a minimum of 5 years in their current or similar post 1 – 3 years
ERC
Grants Multiple grants available Up to 5 years
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships Researchers at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research 2 – 3 years
Leverhulme
Major Research Fellowship Well-established and distinguished researchers able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level 2 – 3 years
MRC Career Development Award Researchers with three to six years postdoctoral experience Up to five years
MRC Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship Researchers with at least six years postdoctoral experience Up to five years
Newton
International Fellowship Early stage post-doctoral researchers 2 years
NIHR Grants Multiple grants available  3 - 5 years
Royal Society
Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship
Researchers at an early stage of their career, designed to help to progress to a permanent position
Up to 4 years
Royal Society
University Research Fellowship Researchers at an early to mid-stage of their career Initially for 5 years
Wellcome
Research Fellowship Researchers not in a tenured or otherwise long-term established post wishing to carry out an extended period of research on a specific project. Up to 3 years
Wellcome
Senior Research Fellowship
Researchers with an excellent track record and able to demonstrate an ability to carry out independent research
5 years
Wellcome Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship Researchers in the final year of PhD studies or have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience 4 years