Externally Funded Fellowships

We welcome applications for fellowships sponsored by research councils and other funding bodies to be supported by the Department of Mathematics of UCL.

We encourage applications from women and minority ethnic candidates, as they are currently under-represented at UCL at this level.

If you are interested in applying, please feel free to contact a member of staff working in your subject area for discussions.  If your application is successful, this member of staff will be your mentor for the duration of your fellowship. 

If you wish to apply for a fellowship, please send an e-mail to Professor Alex Sobolev at fellowship_7 AT math.ucl.ac.uk. Your e-mail must contain the following documents as PDF file attachments:
- CV (max 2 pages, plus 1 page containing names and e-mail addresses of three referees)
- publication list (max 2 pages)
- past research and research proposal (max 2 pages)

- please indicate the fellowship scheme for which you would like to be supported

These documents will be considered by the panel and you will be notified about whether the department agrees to support your fellowship application to the relevant funding body.  This includes support in writing your full grant application, an internal evaluation of the grant proposal with feedback and checking various council specific requirements.

1. Please check your eligibility to apply with the relevant funding body.
2. The Departmental deadline for receipt of full applications for fellowships with a closing date is 6 weeks before that closing date, however applicants should factor in an additional 2-3 months for the preparation of their application.
For the UKRI FLF applications (see below) there are several stages of selection process at the Departmental and College level approximately five months before the UKRI deadline. To enter this process you will need to secure the departmental support first (see above), so your initial contact with a staff member in the Department will need to happen at least five months in advance of the deadline.


Daphne Jackson Fellowship

Daphne Jackson Fellowships offer STEM professionals the opportunity to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for a family, health or caring reason. It is the opportunity to balance a personalised retraining programme with a challenging research project, held in a supportive UK university or research establishment.


EPSRC Fellowships

These fellowships are only available in specific priority areas. The priority areas are being updated on a regular basis, so do check back.

EPSRC offers two types of fellowships:

  1. Postdoctoral fellowship
  2. Open fellowship.

Open Fellowships are for all career stages beyond post-doctoral level and include researchers from close to their first academic appointment to those with vast amounts of experience.

In general, there are no deadlines for a fellowship submission. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed on a rolling basis at a prioritisation panel after postal peer review. Nevertheless, for the best chance of the application being assessed at a forthcoming prioritisation panel, it is recommended to submit

-- in the early February for the June panel,

-- before the end of July for the November panel.


EPSRC Doctoral Prize

The EPSRC Doctoral Prize scheme supports fellowships of two years' duration for exceptional researchers who have recently finished an EPSRC-funded PhD. UCL has approximately 5 awards to make every year. Calls for applications are held every 6 months with closing dates in December/January and June. Students from other institutions who meet the eligibility criteria may also apply to join UCL under this scheme.


NERC Fellowships
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Fellowship scheme provides opportunities for outstanding environmental scientists to devote their time to:

* research
* develop their research careers
* produce work of international importance

NERC Council has decided to streamline the provision of responsive mode Fellowships into a single scheme - the NERC Independent Research Fellowships (IRFs) - that will replace the previous schemes (Postdoctoral Fellowships and Advanced Fellowships).


STFC Fellowships

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships (https://stfc.ukri.org/funding/fellowships/ernest-rutherford-fellowship/)

The Ernest Rutherford Fellowship scheme was announced on 29 March 2011. 
The Fellowships will enable early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. They will encourage talented researchers in UK universities to remain in the country and at the same time attract outstanding overseas researchers to the UK. This new scheme replaces and builds on STFC's Advanced Fellowship programme.

Each Fellowship will last for five years, with 12 being offered annually. Fellows will receive support for their salary and be able to bid for significant additional funds to support their research. When the scheme reaches its full cohort of 60 Ernest Rutherford Fellows in 2016, the funds available for this additional research support will total £3M per year.


Royal Society
The Royal Society has various fellowship schemes, including the highly prestigious five year University Research Fellowships and the two year Newton International Fellowships, amongst others.

- Royal Society University Research Fellowships
- Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships
- Newton International Fellowships


The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 offers major awards to scientists and engineers for research, development and design. Its aims are to support education for the benefit of productive industry. 


LMS Grace Chisholm Young Fellowships

The London Mathematical Society offers two fellowships each year to mathematicians who need support when their mathematical career is interrupted by family responsibilities, relocation of partner, or other similar circumstance.


Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

The Fellowships are intended to assist those at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, and it is hoped that the appointment would lead to a more permanent position for the individual, either within the same or another institution.

Details to follow.


UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship (UKRI FLF)

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories. These fellowships are designed for those whose research doesn't fit into the other schemes, and which has good potential impact beyond mathematics.

 The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK 
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

The selection process for this fellowship is conducted at the College level, and the deadlines for registering interest will be communicated in due time.