UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


Other fellowship opportunities

Individuals eligible for Excellence Fellowships can also apply to similar intermediate research career schemes.

If you are eligible for an Excellence Fellowship in terms of career stage and calibre, you may also want to consider applications to the following intermediate research career schemes with UCL as your host institution.

These schemes - similar to the Excellence Fellowship - require prior discussion with your sponsor as well as approval from Divisional level.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

This cross-UK Research and Innovation scheme supports early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential to tackle ambitious and challenging research and innovation and develop their own careers. Funding is provided for up to seven years, on a 4(+3) basis, allowing long term focus on a particular research and innovation problem.

Note: UCL runs an internal selection process for this scheme to identify its institutional nominees. The internal call for Round 5 of the Future Leaders Fellowship will open ~March 2020. This site will be updated with details.


Wellcome Sir Henry Dale

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. Funding is provided for five years in in the first instance.


MRC Career Development Award

The Career Development Award (CDA) supports talented postdoctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from postdoctoral researcher to independent investigator. A CDA provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development. Funding is provided for up to five years.


Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships (stage 2)

For clinical academics.

This scheme enables clinically active healthcare professionals to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence. Funding for stage two is available for up to five years.


MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship

For clinical academics.

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. Funding is for up to five years.