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Fellowships

GEE is a dynamic, research-active department, and we encourage young scientists to join us on externally funded fellowships.

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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 Seirian Sumner.

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.

Senior Fellowships
Staff MemberAffiliationSenior Fellowship
Garrett HellenthalGEE / UGISir Henry Dale Fellowship
Jan JanouskovecGEEUCL Excellence Research Fellow
Kerri KinghornGEE / IHAUCL Excellence Research Fellow
Tim NewboldGEE / CBERRoyal Society University Research Fellow
Teresa NiccoliGEE / IHAAlzheimer's Research UK Fellow
Dr Alex PigotGEE / CBERRoyal Society University Research Fellow
Johnathan LabbadiaGEE / IHABBSR7C David Philips Fellow
Post - Doctoral Fellowships
Staff MemberAffiliationPost-Doctoral Fellowships
Laura CardadorGEE / CBERMarie Curie
Alessandro CiniGEE / CBERMarie Curie
Jasmin OnoGEE / CLOEEMBO
David ReddingGEE / CBERUKRI Rutherford Fellow
Jeff ThompsonGEERoyal Society Newton International Fellow
Nathan WoodlingGEE / IHAAlzheimer's Society Fellow
Independent Fellowships

UCL Excellence Fellowship – deadline typically in May. 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. 

Royal Society University Research Fellowship – deadline typically in September. 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.

MRC Career Development Award – deadlines typically in March and August. 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.

NERC Independent Research Fellowships – deadline typically in October. 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.

Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship – deadlines for preliminary applications typically in April, August and November. 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.

European Research Council Starting Grants – deadline typically in the summer. 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.

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship – deadline typically in the autumn. 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.

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships – deadline typically in May. 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.

Shorter Term and Post - Doctoral Fellowships

Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions – Individual Fellowships – deadline typically in April. 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.

Royal Society Newton International Fellowship – deadline typically in March. 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.

BBSRC Future Leaders Fellowships – deadline typically in May. 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.

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships – deadline for preliminary applications typically in April. The scheme provides support for individuals at the transition towards independent research (recent PhDs or early postdocs). The four-year award covers the fellow’s salary as well as the costs of travel, training and research expenses (consumables, travel, etc.).

MRC Skills Development Fellowship – check for UCL deadlines. 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.