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 research power in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience by the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).
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

Before applying, you must initially 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  Discovery FellowshipsResearchers carrying out independent research within a host laboratory and looking to gain leadership skillsDependent on the grant
EPSRCOpen FellowshipResearchers with at least four years’ experience in a relevant field by the start of your fellowship.Up to 5 years
ERC GrantsMultiple grants availableUp to 5 years
ESRCResearch grants and new investigator grantsGrants available to fund individuals or research teams based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding.Dependent on the grant
LeverhulmeEarly Career FellowshipsResearchers at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research2 – 3 years
LeverhulmeMajor Research FellowshipsWell-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
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 Discovery AwardsThis scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.Up to 8 years
WellcomeEarly Career AwardsThis scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity.5 years
WellcomeCareer Development Awards

This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders.

Up to 8 years