Research Fellowships support the career development of researchers at the postdoctoral level aiming for a career in academia. The department is open to approaches from postdocs at different stages career stages interesting in applying for external funding.
Early Career Fellowships (Postdoc stage)
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships
This scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers. The scheme accepts applications twice a year (April / September). Find out more here.
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships
Newton International Fellowship
These fellowships are for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK. This scheme is expected to reopen in January 2021. Check out the website of the Royal Society for further information.
Career Transition Fellowships
Academic positions in the UK through Career Transition Fellowships
A small fraction of academic jobs in the UK may be achieved through career transition fellowships. In this blog post, Dr Aman Saleem gives tips on how researchers with a Career Transition Fellowship can secure a permanent position at their host institution.
Future Leaders Fellowships
This cross-UK Research and Innovation scheme supports 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. The deadline for receiving mandatory outline proposals is 16:00 GMT on 10 December 2020. For more information, click here.
Sir Henry Dale Fellowships
This scheme provides support for postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups. The scheme is a partnership between the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust. The preliminary application deadline for the December 2020 round is the 3rd of December 2020, 17:00 GMT. Find out more here.
NIHR Advanced Fellowship
The NIHR Fellowship Programme support individuals on their trajectory to becoming future leaders in NIHR research. The Advanced Fellowship launches in April and October. For more information, please visit the NIHR website.
MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship (CSF)
The CSF develops talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition to independent investigator. The CSF competition is held three times a year, the next deadline is the 7th of January 2021, 16:00 GMT. See the CSF page for further details.
Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships
This scheme enables clinically active healthcare professionals to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence. The deadline for the January 2021 round ends on 28 January 2021, 17:00 GMT. More information about this scheme can be found here.
Royal Sociey University Research Fellowship
This scheme is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. These long term fellowships provide the opportunity and freedom to build an independent research career in the UK or Republic of Ireland and pursue cutting-edge scientific research. This scheme is expected to reopen to applications in July 2021. Visit this website for more information about the application process.
MRC Career Development Award (CDA)
The CDA supports talented post-doctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator.The CDA competition is held twice a year, the next application round closes on 21st of April 2021, 16:00 GMT. Find out more here.
BBSRC Discovery Fellowships
The Discovery Fellowship (DF) provides support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The DF will support the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders. Applications are currently closed, please check this website for updates on the new application round.
Senior Career Fellowships
Investigator Awards in Science
Investigator Awards enable independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science. Application deadline for the November 2020 round is the 10th of November 2020, 17:00 GMT. More information can be found on this website.
Senior Research Fellowships
MRC Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship (SNCF)
The SNCF supports researchers with a track record of effectively leading their own independent research to make the transition to research leadership and become an internationally recognised leader in their field. The SNCF competition is held twice a year, the deadline for the next application round is the 21st of April 2021, 16:00 GMT. Find out more about the application process here.
MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship (SCF)
The SCF supports talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals, with an effective track record of internationally competitive independent research, to make the transition to research leadership. The SCF competition is held twice a year, the deadline for the next application round is the 21st of April 2021, 16:00 GMT. See the SCF website for further details.