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SLMS Excellence Fellowship Programme – 2020 recruitment round now open

Deadline for applications: 27th January, 2020

Full information, application guidelines, and FAQs: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slms/research/excellence-fellowship/

UCL’s Excellence Fellowship Programme is seeking to recruit the highest calibre non-clinical and clinical early career researchers to develop an outstanding and innovative research programme and to establish their independent research careers.

Being awarded a UCL Excellence Fellowship has been completely brilliant for me.  I am extremely grateful to the funders of this programme for their generosity.  I want to understand how psychological trauma during childhood and adolescence causes psychosis so that we can develop new treatments.  So far the fellowship has enabled me to launch and lead an ambitious programme of research. I am also leading a major new global initiative called the Developmental Trauma and Psychosis Network to boost international research in this field. Michael Bloomfield, UCL Excellence Principle Clinical Research Fellow, Division of Psychiatry

Calibre and career stage of applicants

Candidates must be able to demonstrate an exceptional track record in their research field to date. They must be at the cusp of independence (i.e., have begun to build a reputation in the field but not yet established an independent career or led a research group) with a vision and skills to implement a creative and influential independent research programme. Fellows are expected to submit competitive applications for major fellowship schemes during the tenure of the Fellowship. Please review the job description and person specification.


Each applicant must secure an academic SLMS sponsor who will confirm that the necessary research space, support and supervision will be provided. The sponsor must provide a letter of support, co-signed by the relevant Divisional/Institution Director.

What is offered

Salary and up to £50,000 research expenses. Non-clinical salary will be offered at Grade 8; Clinical applicants will be appointed on the appropriate equivalent STR or JDPD scales. Please note that consultant salaries will not be covered by the programme at any point during the fellowship.

 Application and review process

This is open to UCL and non-UCL applicants via the UCL online recruitment system. Detailed application instructions are provided on the Excellence Fellowship webpage.


Please refer in the first instance to the FAQs. If your answer is still not answered, please email ucl-fellowships@ucl.ac.uk

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