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 for both 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 Department or the Head of the Research Group where your interest lies.   

Head of Department - Prof. Jon Butterworth (hod.physast AT
Head of Astrophysics Group (ASTRO): Prof. Ofer Lahav (lahav AT
Head of High Energy Physics (HEP): Prof. Mark Lancaster (markl AT
Head of Atomic, Molecular. Optical and Positron Physics (AMOPP) : Prof. G Laricchia (g.laricchia AT
Head of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (CMMP): Prof. A Shluger (a.shluger AT

Deadlines: Each Fellowship scheme has a different deadline and the dates often vary from year to year. They will be added here when they have been announced by the relevant funding body.

RCU1 Form: All Fellowships require a costing form (RCU1 Form) to be completed.  This can be found HERE
However, please ensure you have a departmental sponsor agreed before sending this costing form.

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 - Pay Scales


The EPSRC are replacing their previous schemes with a 'new flexible framework for people support'. This will replace the previous Postdoctoral, Career Acceleration and Leadership schemes and will be introduced in the Summer 2011.

We are promised it will be a 'faster, more streamlined and flexible process'.


  • Early Career Fellowship: (2011 closing date has passed - 10th March 2011) aim to provide career development opportunitiesfor those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careersbut with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that aFellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position.

Royal Society

  • University Research Fellowships: (Call opens July 2011 - close date 15th September 2011) The University Research Fellowships scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who should have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career.
  • Internal Deadlines:02/09/2011 - RCU1 form to be submitted12/09/2011 - Submission
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships: (Call Opens November 2011 - close date not yet announced but normally January 2012) The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme supports excellent scientists and engineers at an early stage of their career. The Royal Society invites in particular female candidates to apply for an opportunity that is designed to help successful candidates to progress to permanent academic positions in the UK.


  • The Ernest Rutherford Fellowship scheme was announced on 29 March 2011. This scheme replaces the previous Advanced Fellowship programme which finished the previous year.
  • This call has opened with a final deadline of the 10th of October 2011.
  • Internal deadlines are as follows:03/09/2011 - Apply to HEP/Astro groups for consideration09/09/2011 - Response on selection of applications (Department quota limit of 4)19/09/2011 - RCU1 forms to be submitted28/09/2011 - JeS forms completed (except proposal pdf)05/10/2011 - Submission

Other Fellowships

  • Royal Commission for Exhibition of 1851 fellowships: (2011 closing date was in February) The scheme of 1851 Research Fellowships is intended to give a few PhD level scientists or engineers of outstanding promise the opportunity for conducting research for a further period.

BEAMS Research Board Report (for the MAPS, Engineering Sciences and the Built Environment)

  • These notes details recent successes and may provide additional sources for Fellowship funding:

Research Board Note - July 2009