Research Council Fellowships

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

The Ernest Rutherford Fellowships will enable early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. They will encourage talented researchers in UK universities to remain in the country and at the same time attract outstanding overseas researchers to the UK.

Status: open - Closing date: 21 September 2017

Returner Fellowships

Returner Fellowships are additional fellowships on top of the normal Ernest Rutherford Fellowship awards that can be awarded to outstanding candidates returning from a career break or from working outside academic research.

Status: open - Closing date: 21 September 2017

Rutherford International Fellowship Programme

This programme will support up to 36 post-doctoral researchers to work within Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) departments and facilities, as well as the Diamond Light Source.

Status: open - Closing date: 29 September 2017

Public Engagement fellowships

Public Engagement fellowships are aimed at those with significant research experience who have demonstrated a track record in outreach or communications work.

Status: closed

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The EPSRC Fellowship aims to provide greater support to the aspiring and current world-leading individuals who are delivering the highest quality research to meet UK and global priorities. Through links to our strategic priorities and focussing on areas where growth is required, Fellowships develop the next generation of researchers with the greatest potential across the postdoctoral, early and established career stages.

Status: open

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, depending on the research area - Please visit the EPSRC web site for deadlines and areas in which fellowships are available

The William Hodge Fellowship offers two young researchers in mathematics or theoretical physics a postdoctoral position at IHÉS of one or two years.

Status: closed - Next call for applications: Autumn 2017

Toshiba, in association with EPSRC, offers outstanding European scientists the opportunity to join one of its high-technology research teams in Japan for up to two years. The Toshiba Fellowship Programme is open to PhD level researchers of EU nationality currently working in a UK government or academic institution.

Status: closed

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

The IRF scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving all fellows 5 years support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition.

Status: open - Closing date: 3 October 2017


NERC and the Scottish Government are inviting proposals for fellowship awards of up to three years' duration, which will address the objectives of the Soil Security programme.

Status: closed


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

David Phillips Fellowships provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group.

Status: closed - Previous call: 13 February - 11 May 2017

Provides a salary and training to develop a commercial proposition.

Status: closed - Previous call: 14 March 2017 - 26 April 2017

Support for researchers to undertake research and gain leadership skills

Status: closed - Previous call: 13 February 2017 - 11 May 2017

The Medical Research Council (MRC)

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.

Status: open - Closing date: 20 September 2017

The SNCF supports proven independent researchers with an effective track record of internationally competitive independent research to make the transition to research leadership.

Status: open - Closing date: 20 September 2017

Skills development fellowships (previously Strategic skills fellowships) will support training for very early career researchers in, or individuals changing disciplines to, MRC priority areas for capacity-building at this level.

Status: closed - Previous call: 21 March 2017 - 27 July 2017

Charity Funded Fellowships

The Royal Society

These fellowships are available for outstanding scientists in the UK who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field.

Status: open - Closing date: 4 September 2017

These fellowships are available for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.

Status: open (from August 2017)

JSPS Fellowhips are available for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage of their career and wish to conduct research in Japan. JSPS will provide funding for visits of 12-24 months, which include a subsistence and settling in allowance, a return flight and insurrance.The Japanese host institution may also apply for a research grant of up to ¥1.5 million per year.

Status: closed

The Newton Advanced Fellowship provides established international researchers with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research group through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. The skills and knowledge gained should lead to changes in the wellbeing of communities and increased economic benefits.

Status: open - Closing date: 6 September 2017

The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowhip is for outstanding early career researchers who require flexible working patterns due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

Status: closed - This scheme will open again in late 2017


The Wellcome Trust

This fellowship is available to outstanding postdoctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.

Status: closed - Next round: 20 November 2017 (applications are considered three times a year)

This scheme provides support for outstanding postdoctoral scientists based in academic institutions in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Candidates are expected to have an excellent track record in their scientific field and be able to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research.

Status: closed - Next round: 27 November 2017 (applications are considered three times a year)

This scheme provides an opportunity for postdoctoral scientists from across the remits of the Trust's funding streams to become independent research scientists and undertake high-quality research in an eligible Republic of Ireland institution.

Status: closed - Next round: 20 November 2017 (applications are considered three times a year)


Career Re-entry fellowships are for postdoctoral scientists who have recently decided to recommence a scientific research career after a continuous break of at least two years.

Status: closed - Next round: 16 October 2017 (applications are considered two times a year)

Opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers.

Status: closed - Next round: 16 October 2017 (applications are considered two times a year)

This is the most prestigious WT personal awards and provides long-term support for researchers of international standing.

Status: rolling call, applicants can register their interested at any time

Cancer Research UK

Career Development Fellowships are available to outstanding scientists to set up their first independent cancer research group.

Status: open - Closing date: 21 August 2017

Senior Cancer Research Fellowships are available to outstanding scientists to establish or further develop an independent cancer research group.

Status: open - Closing date: 21 August 2017

The Leverhulme Trust

Emerius Fellowships are designed for senior researchers who have retired from an academic post to complete a research project and prepare the results for publication.

Status: closed - Next round: 1 September 2017

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research.

Status: closed

Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.

Status: closed - Next round: 1 September 2017 (closing date: 9 November 2017)

These fellowships are for scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties.

Status: closed

Royal Academy of Engineers

The Royal Academy of Engineering has opened its 2015 call for RAEng Research Fellowships. These prestigious Fellowships are aimed at outstanding researchers from all branches of engineering who are about to complete their PhD or who have up to three years postdoctoral research experience.

There is a limit on the number of applications that each host university can submit. Imperial may submit three applications. If you are interested in applying for these fellowships, please contact Suzanne Rolfe.

Status: open - Closing date: 6 September 2017

This scheme aims to strengthen the links between industry and academia by supporting exceptional academics in UK universities to undertake use-inspired research that meets the needs of the industrial partners.

Status: open - Closing date: 11 September 2017

This scheme aims at relieving academics from their administrative responsibilities and concentrate full time on their research.

Status: open - Closing date: 5 September 2017

The British Science Association

The British Science Association coordinates, delivers and oversees a number of different projects and programmes aimed at engaging more people with science and offer Media Fellowships.

Status: closed

The Daphne Jackson Fellowship

A Daphne Jackson Fellowship is a unique fellowship designed to return STEM professionals to their careers after a break. Fellows normally carry out their research part-time over 2 years, in a university or research establishment in the UK. The Fellowships are flexible and include a tailored training programme designed to update skills and knowledge and support you in your return to research.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the Daphne Jackson Trust website.

1851 Royal Commission

These fellowships are available for scientists with 3 years or less post-doctoral experience.

Status: closed - Next round will open in October 2017 (closing date: 15 February 2018)

These prestigious Fellowships are awarded to selected, exceptional graduates with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to Industry for a programme of doctoral level research.  They are open to company employed candidates or nominated Doctoral Centre / CASE candidates.

Status: closed - Next round will open in October 2017 (closing date: 25 January 2018)

Internal Fellowships

Internal Fellowship Schemes

Imperial's prestigious Junior Research Fellowships sustain the brightest and best early career researchers from across the world, providing a level of commitment and support that is rare from a UK university.

The Imperial College Junior Research Fellowship scheme is now open. For fellowships starting in 2018, the application deadline is 29 August 2017.

Chapman Fellowships in the Department of Mathematics are two year appointments, starting October every year. These posts provide an excellent opportunity for those seeking to pursue an academic career in mathematics. Candidates for a Chapman Fellowship are expected to have proven research ability in mathematics. Candidates will demonstrate the potential for strong leadership qualities in the subject, as illustrated, for example, through showing initiative and independence on research projects. More information is available on the Department of Mathematics website.

If you wish to apply for a Chapman fellowship, please contact Anne Rowlands.

CEC Fellowships

Fellowships funded by the European Commission

Individual Fellowships fund researchers looking to enhance their career development and prospects by working abroad. Candidates may apply for a European Fellowship or a Global Fellowship by submitting their proposals through the CEC Participants Portal.

Status: open - Closing date: 14 September 2017

ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams.

Status: open - Closing date: 17 October 2017