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Fellowships

Introduction of internal deadlines for fellowship applications

Following the successful introduction of internal peer reviewing to support academics for RCUK grant applications, we have realised that fellowship applicants should also receive more support and guidance for the best chance of success. These fellowships are highly competitive and many of them have a no-resubmission policy. Therefore every application should be the highest quality possible. SLS has a team of specialists and successful academics who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to help early stage researchers with various aspects of the application, from costing to impact, the remit/focus for each scheme, as well as science. In order to ensure fellowship applicants receive the best possible support and feedback, we are introducing internal deadlines for fellowship applications one month before the external deadline. The proposals will be reviewed and constructive feedback and suggestions will be returned within two weeks to allow you time for further improvement and modification.

Please inform the Research Strategy Development Officer (T.Kimura@warwick.ac.uk) your intension to apply for any fellowships as early as possible.

Fellowships are an excellent source of funding that can be hugely beneficial in a researcher’s career development. There are a range of different types of Fellowships available to support people at different stages in their career, from newly qualified PhD students embarking on their first Postdoctoral position through to senior researchers at the Professorial level. Some of the main Fellowship opportunities are listed below:

BBSRC David Phillips fellowships

Next deadline: tbc

This scheme supports scientists who have demonstrated high potential and who wish to establish their first independent research group. Applicants should hold a PhD, but not hold, or have held, an open-ended academic position of Lecturer level or equivalent. Awards are for five years, and include personal salary and a significant research support grant. Proposals can be submitted in any area of science within the BBSRC remit, with applications that are aligned with their overarching strategic priorities being particularly encouraged.

BBSRC Enterprise fellowships

Next deadline: tbc

This award is designed to encourage the development of a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, around a technological idea developed by the Fellow (either individually or with others) and within which the Fellow would be expected to play a leading role. This award is of particular relevance to individuals who have previously received BBSRC Follow-on funding (although not exclusively).

BBSRC Discovery Fellowship

Next deadline: tbc

The Discovery Fellowship (DF) will provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. Awards are for three years and of a value of up to £300,000. This can be used to support personal salary as well as travel and subsistence, training activities, and research consumables, but not equipment

CRUK Career Development Fellowship

Next deadline: tbc

The Career Development Fellowship supports new group leaders who do not have a salaried independent position to establish their own independent research group. Applications are considered from any cancer-relevant research field with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery. Applicants should typically have between 3 and 8 years' postdoctoral research experience.

CRUK Career Establishment Award

Next deadline: tbc

The Career Establishment Award supports new group leaders who have a salaried independent position to establish their own independent research group. Applications are considered from any cancer-relevant research field with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery. Funding is supported for 6 years and covers salaries, running expenses, and equipment for one postdoc and one technician.

Daphne Jackson Fellowship

Next deadline: see webpage

Daphne Jackson Fellowships are retraining fellowships for women and men who have taken a break of two years or more from STEM research for family, caring or health reasons..The Fellowships are usually for two or three years (depending on the sponsorship arrangement) at 0.5 FTE (full-time equivalent).

EPSRC Fellowships

Next deadline: Apply any time

An EPSRC Fellowship is designed to provide the recipient with the necessary support to establish or further develop themselves as a leader of the future. The award enables the recipient to devote most of their time to deliver their proposed research vision. An EPSRC Fellowship is aimed to position yourself and your research topic within the wider academic field, to develop your leadership by establishing or extending your research group, and to act as an advocate for the STEM disciplines in general and EPSRC specifically.

ERC Starting grant

Next deadline: 16 October 2019

Funding for researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD and a scientific track record showing great promise. Starting Grants may be awarded up to € 1.5 million for a period of 5 years.

ERC Consolidator Grant

Next deadline: tbc

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created. This scheme is for researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD and a scientific track record showing great promise.

ERC Advanced grant

Next deadline: 29 August 2019

Applicants for the ERC Advanced Grants - called Principal Investigators (PI) - are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. They should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.

Human Frontier Science Programme Postdoctoral Fellowships

Next deadline: tbc

HFSPO offers 3-year postdoctoral fellowships to enable the most talented early career scientists, trained in the life sciences or in the physical sciences, to extend their scientific repertoire in laboratories abroad. Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a PhD in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous PhD or postdoctoral work. Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are for applicants with a PhD from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences) who have not previously worked in a biological field..

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

Next deadline: 27 February 2020

This scheme is for early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Fellowships are tenable for 3 years on a full-time basis, and it is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position.

Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award

Next deadline: tbc

Funding to support those who have launched a university career but who need to build a team to address a distinct research problem. This creates an opportunity for the development and demonstration of research leadership; that is, for the direction of a modest team or group, whose research may significantly change the established landscape in a particular field of inquiry. Each institution is limited to one bid only, and each grant runs over a period of 4 to 5 years.

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship

Next deadline: 7 November 2019

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. Fellowships are tenable tenable for between 3 and 24 months.

Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellowships

Next deadline: 30 January 2020

This scheme is for senior researchers who have retired or partially retired from an academic post to complete a research project and prepare the results for publication. The primary intention of the scheme is to support the facilitation, integration or completion of the applicant’s own research output, rather than generally further support for his or her research group or research assistants. Fellowships are tenable tenable for between 3 and 24 months.

Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowship

Next deadline: tbc

The awards are aimed at researchers in the early years of running their own groups. The research prizes are awarded as lump sums of £250,000 which must be spent within a five-year period.The money must be used in support of the applicants’ research but can be used for equipment, travel, consumables or the salaries of post-doctoral workers, technicians or PhD students etc. Personal salary provision or augmentation is not allowed, but the funds can be used for a replacement lecturers’salary.

L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science

Next deadline: tbc

International Fellowships support promising young women researchers in the life sciences at doctoral or postdoctoral level. Candidates must be female and no more than 35 years old. Preference will be given to candidates already possessing a PhD degree (or equivalent) in the field of life sciences at the time of application. However, applications from doctoral students will be considered.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions: Individual Fellowship

Next deadline: tbc

Supports the mobility of post-doctoral researchers within and beyond Europe - as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the EU. The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution. Individual researchers submit proposals for funding in liaison with their planned host organisation.

MRC Career development award

Next deadline: 18 September 2019

The MRC career development award provides up to five years' support for outstanding post-doctoral researchers who wish to consolidate their research skills and make the transition from post-doctoral research trainee to independent investigator. Applicants are expected to take advantage of the full five years’ funding available. The CDA provides full personal salary costs, together with support for research staff, consumables expenses, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project. It will also support a period of research overseas, at a second UK institution, or within industry where appropriate for the research project.

MRC Senior Non-Clinical fellowship

Next deadline: 18 September 2019

To be within remit of the scheme, and therefore eligible to apply, all applicants must be leading their own research group as an independent investigator, primarily demonstrated by senior / communicating authorship on publications which do not include previous supervisors, and previous success in obtaining research/fellowship funding as PI.

NERC Independent Research Fellowship

Next deadline: 1 October 2019

The scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving Fellows five years' support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes, and to establish international recognition. Applications will not be accepted from individuals with more than 8 years full time post-doctoral experience. If the applicant has not yet completed their PhD, they must expect to submit your PhD thesis before the fellowship interview would take place, and if successful would not be able to take up the fellowship until the intent to award the PhD has been confirmed by the awarding university.

RSE Enterprise Fellowship (NERC supported)

Next deadline: tbc

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have joined Scottish Enterprise, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to support the RSE’s prestigious commercialisation award; Enterprise Fellowships. NERC-supported Enterprise Fellowships will support researchers working within the NERC’s remit of terrestrial, marine, freshwater, science-based archaeology, atmospheric and polar sciences, and Earth observation. There is no requirement for applicants to have been involved in research projects previously funded by NERC, but the project for commercialisation should fit within the NERC’s remit.

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

Next deadline: tbc

This scheme is for excellent scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply. Applicants must be at an early stage of their research career having completed their PhD but having no more than 6 years of research experience post PhD by the closing date of the round.

Royal Society Industry Fellowship

Next deadline: 8 October 2019

This scheme is 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. The scheme provides a basic salary for the researcher and a contribution towards research costs.

Royal Society/Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellowship

Next deadline: 14 November 2019

This scheme provides support for postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups. Applicants should already be driving their own research and be ready to lead an independent research programme. They must have a PhD and significant postdoctoral research experience and have made important contributions to your area of research, eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on policy.

Royal Society University Research Fellowship

Next deadline: 3 September 2019

This fellowship provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. Applicants must be in the early stages of their research career (between 3 to 8 years of research experience since their PhD) by the closing date of the round.

Royal Society/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship

Next deadline: tbc

This scheme is for scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties. The applicant must have a PhD or equivalent and hold a permanent post at a UK university.

Royal Society Research Professorship

Next deadline: tbc

Royal Society Research Professorships provide long term support for world-class researchers of outstanding achievement and promise. These are the Society’s premier research awards and the aim of this scheme is to release the best leading researchers from teaching and administration allowing them to focus on research. Research Professors are appointed for up to 10 years

Society in Science Branco Weiss Fellowship

Next deadline: 15 January 2020

This research fellowship is designed to support postdoctoral researchers after their PhD and before their first faculty appointment. Those in current postdoctoral positions are also eligible. Ideally, fellows pursue unconventional projects in new areas of science, engineering and social sciences.

UKRI Future Leader Fellowship

Next deadline: 8 October 2019

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential. These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. The support offered will be long-term and flexible and will provide comprehensive package of support, including the fellow's salary and justified research, staff and training costs, with seven
years of support available on a 4+3 model, with a review in year four.

University of Warwick Institute of Advanced Study Early Career Fellowship and Early Career Fellowship in Science

Next deadline: 14 January 2020

This programme supports completing Warwick doctoral candidates in the transition phase between their doctoral and independent postdoctoral research careers. The part time (50% FTE) Fellowships are awarded for an initial six months, with the option to extend to ten months. During this time, Fellows participate in the Accolade Training Programme - designed to prepare participants for independent academic careers. In addition, the Fellows establish independent research profiles that contribute to their ongoing career development.

Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowships

Next deadline: Submit an Expression of Interest any time

This award provides long-term support for researchers of international standing. Successful candidates will have an established track record in research at the highest level. This award is particularly suitable for exceptional senior research scientists currently based overseas who wish to work in the UK.

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Next deadline: 8 October 2019

This scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers. It is aimed at researchers who want to undertake a guided period of research and go on to lead their own independent research. Applicants must either be in the final year of their PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with some initial postdoctoral experience.

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowships

Next deadline: 12 November 2019

Senior Research Fellowships support independent researchers who want to tackle the most important questions in science and who are leaders in their field. Applicants must already be leading their own independent research and the proposed programme of work must be innovative and ambitious.