UCL Division of Biosciences



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 provides a stimulating environment for 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 UCL Centre for Computational Biology, the Institute of Healthy Ageing, and the newly proposed Centre for Life’s Origins and Evolution. GEE fellows at all levels benefit from active mentoring to help you to successfully develop your career.

Depending on the type of fellowship you are aiming for, there are two different processes to follow. If you are unsure which type of fellowship is right for you, take a look at examples of the different schemes and the eligibility criteria below

For junior postdoctoral fellowships, we recommend you get in contact with a GEE academic in a relevant research area. They are best placed to advise you on how they and their research group could support you.

Independent fellowships are suitable for researchers with some postdoctoral experience who are ready to start up their own independent research programme. UCL has a policy to provide successful senior fellowship holders with permanent positions. We support promising candidates in the application process;

We are committed to supporting potential independent 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 an independent fellowship 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 HellenthalUGISir Henry Dale Fellowship
Kerri KinghornIHAWellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship
Johnathan LabbadiaIHABBSRC David Philips Fellow
Ferdinand MarletazCLOERoyal Society Univerisity Research Fellow
Tim NewboldCBERRoyal Society University Research Fellow
Teresa NiccoliIHAAlzheimer's Research UK Fellow
Alex PigotCBERRoyal Society University Research Fellow
Marius SomveilleCBERWolfson UCL Excellence Fellow
Lucy van DorpUGIUCL Excellence Fellow
Post - Doctoral Fellowships
Staff MemberAffiliationPost-Doctoral Fellowships
Kat HorswillGEE/IoZUCL/IoZ Springboard Fellow
Ferran SayolCBERMarie Curie
Leo SpeidelUGISir Henry Wellcome fellowship
Jeff ThompsonCLOERoyal Society Newton International Fellow
Nathan WoodlingIHAAlzheimer's Society Fellow
Independent Fellowships


The schemes listed on this page provide support for independent research. Applications are subject to departmental vetting. Before starting an application (and well ahead of the deadline), please get in touch with the GEE fellowship contacts Seirian Sumner and Max Reuter.

UCL Excellence Fellowship 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 The URF 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.

NERC Independent Research Fellowships The IRF 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 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.

MRC Non-Clinical Career Development Award 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.

European Research Council Starting Grants 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 These awards are 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 [This scheme is currently suspended.] The BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship 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


The schemes listed here provide support for junior, postdoctoral fellowships. To apply to any of these, contact a suitable host in the department and develop an application in conjunction with them. There is not departmental vetting for these applications.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions – Individual Fellowships 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 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 Discovery Fellowships 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 These awards provide support for individuals at the transition towards independent research (recent PhDs or early postdocs). The four-year fellowship covers the fellow’s salary as well as the costs of travel, training and research expenses (consumables, travel, etc.).


MRC Skills Development Fellowship 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.