UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


UCL Excellence Fellowships

UCL's Excellence Fellowship Programme seeks to recruit the highest calibre early career researchers, supporting them to establish their independent career & become the research leaders of the future.

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Call is now closed for 2023

UCL Excellence Fellows are outstanding researchers, with exceptional research track records for their career stage. The UCL Excellence Fellowships provide a means for fellows to establish themselves at UCL and consolidate their position. Excellence Fellows can be from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, and work across the full range of disciplines in life and medical sciences, including clinical, applied and population health science.  

Fellows are provided with a competitive salary and research expenses for three years. During the tenure of the award, Fellows are supported to obtain a competitive external fellowship or major personal award that will allow them to establish their independent research career. 


Career stage: Transition to establishing independence 
Type of research: Non-clinical, clinical and across a range of disciplines in life and medical sciences, including applied and population health research 
Duration: 3 years (can be held on a part-time basis) 
Call open to: Internal (UCL) and external (non-UCL) applicants. All applicants must secure a sponsor prior to application

Candidates are expected to have:

  • Have an exceptional track record in their research field, with a growing reputation for the quality of their research 
  • Not yet have established an independent career or led a research group 
  • Have their own original and ambitious research vision 

Fellows are expected to:

  • Carry out innovative and visionary research 
  • Within the first two years, apply for external funding (e.g. fellowship) to enable them to establish an independent research career (e.g., Wellcome Career Development Award, MRC Career Development Award, UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships) 


  • Must be a senior academic (e.g. Group Leader, Head of Research Department, or Division/Institute Director) in the UCL faculty of Life, Brain, Population Health or Medical Sciences 
  • A letter of support must be provided detailing the space, support, and facilities that will be provided to the applicant to establish and pursue their independent research agenda 

What is offered

Salary for up to three years + up to £50k consumables. Posts will be offered at UCL Grade 8, depending on experience. Clinical applicants will be appointed at the at the equivalent clinical scale (CL8). Please note that consultant salaries will not be covered by this programme over the course of the fellowship and clinicians will be expected to complete the fellowship prior to taking up a consultant level post. 

How to apply - Call now closed for 2023

The fellowship is open to UCL and non-UCL applicants and applications are through the UCL recruitment system. For further information on the application process, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for applicants and How to Apply pages. E-mail applications will not be accepted. 

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