UCL School of Pharmacy


Maplethorpe Fellowships

2024 Applications Are Now Closed

The next round of applications will open in February 2025.

Maplethorpe Fellowship Celebration Event 

Please join us on the Tuesday 10th September for what promises to be a brilliant afternoon and evening celebrating the Maplethorpe Fellowship. 

The Maplethorpe Fellowship was established after the death of Cyril W. Maplethorpe, with the aim of promoting pharmaceutical education and research excellence.
The Fellowship celebrates candidates from diverse backgrounds who propose strong research projects. The priority of the submitted projects is to form a suitable platform for the candidate’s progression to a successful, long-term career in pharmaceutical research.

We will hear from four past Fellows who will talk about their Maplethorpe Fellowship experience, their research projects and how they progressed their careers.  

Welcome from the current chair of the Maplethorpe Fellowship: 15:00 
Speaker 1: 15:10 – 15:30 
Speaker 2: 15:30 – 15:50 
Speaker 3: 15:50 – 16:20
Speaker 4: 16:20 – 16:50
Closing remarks: 16:50
Networking & refreshments: 17:00

Venue: Kings College London, Strand Campus (Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre) followed by networking and refreshments (Great Hall). 

The event is free to attend and open to all – however registration is required. 
To secure your space, please sign up here.

Maplethorpe Fellowships have been established under the Will of the late Mr Cyril W Maplethorpe for the promotion of pharmaceutical education and excellence in research.

The Maplethorpe Fellowship seeks to fund excellent candidates from diverse backgrounds who propose strong projects that will form a suitable platform for progression to a successful, long-term career in pharmaceutical research.

The Fellowship may be held at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King’s College London or the UCL School of Pharmacy.

Applications are encouraged from early career researchers and, although preference is given to pharmacists, any individual with a suitable background in Pharmaceutical Science or Healthcare will also be considered. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented in these roles. We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

The appointment shall commence from October 2024 and will have a duration of up to two years. The Fellowship will comprise the salary for the fellow, consumables and travel allowance.

Prior to submission, forms must be signed by: 

Professor Ben Forbes, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London, if applying to undertake a Fellowship at King’s; for this purpose, please email Ben Forbes directly ben.forbes@kcl.ac.uk


Professor Cate Whittlesea, Director of the UCL School of Pharmacy, if applying to undertake a Fellowship at UCL. If you wish to obtain a signature from Professor Whittlesea, please email sop.director@ucl.ac.uk 

Key information

You will need to submit the application form attached below and two references to maplethorpe@ucl.ac.uk before 23:59 on Monday 17th April 2024.
Interviews will likely take place during the summer term.

We expect applicants to have a PhD degree. Although there is no limit on how long after completing your PhD you can apply for the Fellowship, usually applicants should have less than 2 years post-doctoral experience. You will need to have an academic sponsor who is an established member of academic staff at the Department of Pharmacy at KCL and/or the UCL School of Pharmacy.

Your salary will be between point 31 and point 33 of the Central University Salary Scale depending on experience, plus London Allowance offered by your host institution. Fellowships can be awarded as full time or part time appointments depending on individual circumstances. Continuation to subsequent years is subject to a satisfactory end of year report. Third year extensions may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

The job description and application form can be accessed at the bottom of this page.
If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact maplethorpe@ucl.ac.uk.  


Further information