Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the application procedure?

The 2014 application round is now CLOSED.

Applications for the position should include 

  • Completed online application including some basic CV details
  • Completed (word document) application form The template can be downloaded from within the online application. This should be completed and uploaded to the online form.
  • The following enclosures These should be uploaded as an attachment to the online form:

    • A covering letter from the candidate (maximum one A4 side) explaining why you are applying for this fellowship and outlining career goals, plans for future funding applications and justification for applying to UCL.
    • CV of the candidate (maximum three A4 sides) plus full publication list
    • A research proposal (maximum two A4 sides, no less than Arial pt 11 font) outlining the planned research, with emphasis on vision and ambition
    • A letter of support from the UCL Sponsor(s) (maximum one A4 side)

Please note The recruitment system allows a maximum of TWO documents to be uploaded. We recommend that you create one single pdf document containing all required enclosures, and upload this alongside the completed application form.

2. What is a UCL Sponsor and how do I get one? 

Applicants must identify a UCL Senior Group Leader or Head of Research Department or Division/Institute who will sponsor their application. A sponsor should be able to assure the selections panel that the Fellow will be welcomed into the host department as an independent researcher. As such, candidates must contact and discuss their application with the potential sponsor prior to submission, and the sponsor must provide a letter of support as part of the candidate's application.

Sponsors may be UCL academics who are existing professional contacts of the candidate. Alternatively, candidates can use UCL's Research Portal and SLMS webpages to find the contact details of academics and Research Departments/Divisions/Institutes in their research area.

3. What is the duration of the appointment? 

UCL Excellence Fellows are funded for three years in the first instance. Excellence Fellows are expected to apply for externally-funded fellowships during the tenure of this post.

4. What funding is provided for the post? 

Excellence Fellows will receive three year's salary funding.

Excellence Fellows will receive an additional £25k to be used freely to support his/her research throughout the fellowship. Candidates who obtain an externally funded fellowship prior to, or during, the tenure of their Excellence Fellowship will also receive a supplementary research fund, to a maximum of £50k. The supplement will be a percentage of the salary budget received by UCL and will depend upon the date during the Excellence Fellowship that the external funding is activated.

Fellows without existing external funding will be supported in applying for this within the first two years of appointment. Funds may originate from government, charities or the commercial sector. 

6. What is the typical starting salary? 

Appointments will be made at either Grade 8 or Grade 9 of the UCL salary scale, dependent on experience of the candidate.

5. I've been successful at interview! When do I start the role?

This is agreed between the successful candidate and the host Division/Institute.

7. Will I have the opportunity to supervise a PhD student?

Successful applicants will be eligible to co-supervise a PhD student with their UCL sponsor. No additional funding will be available for this through the Excellence Fellowship, but Fellows will be eligible to apply with their sponsor to relevant PhD Studentship Programmes within UCL.

8. Will I have a mentor?

Fellows will be mentored by two senior UCL academics, typically one selected by the fellow and one nominated by UCL. The two mentors will closely monitor the career development of the fellow, and all mentors, acting as a team, will oversee and nurture the development of the whole group.


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