UCL Psychology and Language Sciences



We are the most highly cited university in Europe for neuroscience and behaviour studies (InCites Essential Scientific Indicators 2020) and are ranked first for psychology and neuroscience by the UK’s Research Excellence Framework.
Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology

Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology

Our research themes include society, psychological therapy, neuroscience, health and wellbeing, and children and development.

Experimental Psychology

Experimental Psychology

We investigate the psychological and biological basis of behaviour, from a cellular level through brain systems, cognition, computational and social levels. 

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

We undertake world-leading research in the human mind and brain, uniting researchers from different disciplines such as psychology, neurology and anatomy. 

Language and cognition

Language and Cognition

Our multidisciplinary research focuses on human speech, language and communication, as well as the interrelationship of language with other cognitive systems.



Our research investigates the nature and origin of language, its acquisition by children and its use in communication, integrating theoretical and experimental work.

Speech Hearing and Phonetics

Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences

Our research focus looks at the perception and production of speech, as well as problems caused by hearing impairment or by atypical perceptual and cognitive development.


UCL Interaction Centre

We are a world-leading centre for human-computer interaction teaching and research, investigating interactions between people and technology.

cognition and research

Postgraduate research degrees

We offer cutting-edge resources such as extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception and cognition, a centre for brain imaging and a behavioural neuroscience laboratory.

PALS research facilities

Our facilities

We offer a range of cutting-edge research facilities and laboratories for research into the fields of mind, behaviour and language.

Research Fellowships

We support a number of strong candidates in applying for Research Fellowships. If your profile and interests match our activities, we would be very interested to hear from you.

When to apply

To allow time both for preparation and proper costing of the proposal, you must apply at least 20 working days before the deadline. All Fellowship proposals will be reviewed by a member of our academic staff as part of the submission process. Each Fellowship has a different deadline, and these dates will be published on the relevant websites (see links below).

How to apply

The best initial approach is to contact either the Head of Division or the Head of the Research Department where your interest lies. 


You will need to agree your pay scale with your departmental sponsor. The lowest grade a Fellow can be costed at is Grade 7, Point 29 and it is normal that there is an additional spine point for every year of postdoctoral experience you have. So for a Fellow with one year of postdoctoral experience at the beginning of the Fellowship it will be grade 7, point 30. UCL pay scales can be found on UCL's HR site.

List of Fellowships
CouncilCallWho can applyTenure
BBSRC  David Phillips FellowshipApplicants should have between 3 and 10 years postdoctoral experienceUp to 5 years
BBSRC  Research Development FellowshipsAcademic staff of a UK university with a minimum of 5 years in their current or similar post1 – 3 years
ERC GrantsMultiple grants availableUp to 5 years
LeverhulmeEarly Career FellowshipsResearchers at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research2 – 3 years
LeverhulmeMajor Research FellowshipWell-established and distinguished researchers able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level2 – 3 years
MRCCareer Development AwardResearchers with three to six years postdoctoral experienceUp to five years
MRCSenior Non-Clinical FellowshipResearchers with at least six years postdoctoral experienceUp to five years
NewtonInternational FellowshipEarly stage post-doctoral researchers2 years
NIHRGrantsMultiple grants available 3 - 5 years
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin FellowshipResearchers at an early stage of their career, designed to help to progress to a permanent positionUp to 4 years
Royal Society University Research FellowshipResearchers at an early to mid-stage of their careerInitially for 5 years
Wellcome Research FellowshipResearchers not in a tenured or otherwise long-term established post wishing to carry out an extended period of research on a specific project.Up to 3 years
WellcomeSenior Research FellowshipResearchers with an excellent track record and able to demonstrate an ability to carry out independent research5 years
WellcomeSir Henry Wellcome FellowshipResearchers in the final year of PhD studies or have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience4 years