UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy


Research Fellowships

We are keen to support a limited 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.


To allow time for both preparation and proper costing of the proposal, the process must start at least 20 working days before the deadline. All Fellowship proposals will be subject to a critical review by a member of academic staff as part of the submission process.

To apply

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

Head of Department - Prof Raman Prinja (physast.hod@ucl.ac.uk)

Head of Astrophysics Group (ASTRO): Prof Giovanna Tinetti  (g.tinetti@ucl.ac.uk)

Head of Atomic, Molecular. Optical and Positron Physics (AMOPP) : Prof Stephen Hogan (s.hogan@ucl.ac.uk)

Head of BioPhysics Group (BioP) : Prof Bart Hoogenboom (b.hoogenboom@ucl.ac.uk

Head of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (CMMP): Prof Steve Bramwell (s.t.bramwell@ucl.ac.uk)

Head of High Energy Physics (HEP): Prof David Waters (d.waters@ucl.ac.uk)


Each Fellowship scheme has a different deadline and the dates often vary from year to year. 

Pay Scales

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 at - Pay Scales


The EPSRC have replacing their previous schemes with a 'new flexible framework for people support'. This approach has replaced the previous Postdoctoral, Career Acceleration and Leadership schemes.


  • Early Career Fellowship: aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position.

Royal Society

  • University Research Fellowships: The University Research Fellowships scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who should have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career.
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships: The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme supports excellent scientists and engineers at an early stage of their career. The Royal Society invites in particular female candidates to apply for an opportunity that is designed to help successful candidates to progress to permanent academic positions in the UK.


Other Fellowships

  • Royal Commission for Exhibition of 1851 fellowships: The scheme of 1851 Research Fellowships is intended to give a few PhD level scientists or engineers of outstanding promise the opportunity for conducting research for a further period. -** If you would like to apply for this fellowship in the 2022 call (deadline of midday on 19 January 2022), you must contact us no later than Tuesday 4 January 2022. **

BEAMS Funding Opportunities (for the MAPS, Engineering Sciences and the Built Environment)