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External Fellowships

Information about selected external fellowships available to Research Staff is provided here.  An indication of approximate closing dates for the schemes is given, but accurate closing dates and further information about the schemes can be found by following the links to the funders' websites provided below.  Applicants may also carry out their own customised searches for additional funding opportunities using the online database, Research Professional, which is available to all staff and students at the University of Reading.  Research Professional can be accessed from any University computer (which requires no password) or via a personal account sign in.  

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Leadership Fellows - Standard
http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Leadership-Fellows.aspx


The AHRC's Leadership Fellows scheme provides time for research leaders, or potential future research leaders to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond.  The scheme provides funding for a period of between 6 and 18 months.  Proposal with a full economic cost of between £50,000 and £250, 000 may be submitted.  

Closing date

The scheme does not operate under fixed deadlines.  Proposals may be submitted at any point during the year.  Please note that the assessment process for applications
submitted to the Fellowships scheme takes approximately 30 weeks and the earliest start date for a project should be no earlier than 9 months after submission to the AHRC.


Leadership Fellows - Early Career

http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Leadership-Fellows-ECR.aspx

This route supports applications from early career researchers with outstanding future leadership potential.  The early career route of the Leadership Fellows scheme provides funding for periods of between 6 and 24 months.  Proposals with a full economic cost of between £50,000 and £250,000 may be submitted. 

Closing date
The scheme does not operate under fixed deadlines.  Proposals may be submitted at any point during the year.  Please note that the assessment process for applications submitted to the Fellowships scheme takes approximately 30 weeks and the earliest start date for a project should be no earlier than 9 months after submission to the AHRC.


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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 

David Phillips Fellowships

http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/fellowships/david-phillips.aspx

These support scientists who have demonstrated high potential and who wish to establish themselves as independent researchers.  Proposals may be in any area relevant to BBSRC's strategic priorities.  Applicants should have no less than three years of postdoctoral research experience but no more than 10 years of postgraduate experience.  Up to five fellowships are available per annum.  They provide a personal salary and a research support grant for five years. 

Closing Date

Usually November each year, but see website for details of next round. 


Future Leader Fellowships

http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/fellowships/future-leader-fellowship/

The Future Leader Fellowship supports the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders.  Applicants should have a PhD and should not exceed five years in active postdoctoral research employment prior to announcement of the award.  Awards are for three years and include personal salary as well as support for travel and subsistence, training activities, and research consumables up to a value of £300k.

Closing date

Usually June each year, but see website for details of next round.   


Translational Fellowships

http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/fellowships/translational-fellowships/

Aimed at early career researchers from academia or industry who have demonstrated high potential, and who wish to establish an independent academic career focused on the translation of fundamental bioscience research.  Applicants should have no less than 3 years of active postdoctoral research experience, and should not exceed  12 years in active postgraduate research studies and postdoctoral research employment. Awards are for 5 years, and include personal salary and a significant research support grant.

Closing Date

Usually November each year, but see website for details of next round. 


Breast Cancer Campaign (BCC)

Scientific Fellowships

http://www.breastcancercampaign.org/page.aspx?pid=396

Campaign scientific fellowships provide an excellent early career development opportunity for postdoctoral scientists to become independent researchers specialising in the breast cancer field and to undertake research of the highest quality.  Applicants should have conducted independent research in the field of breast cancer and wish to build on their history and reputation in this arena, deepening their knowledge and experience.  Candidates will be expected to have a significant publication record in their chosen field.  Up to £550,000 is available for five years. 

Closing date
Usually December each year, but see website for details of next round. 


British Heart Foundation (BHF)

Career Re-entry Research Fellowships

http://www.bhf.org.uk/research/research-grants-1/what-we-fund/career-re-entry-research-fello.aspx

These awards provide an opportunity to re-establish a careers in cardiovascular science in an established research institution in the UK, after a break of more than two years.  Residency requirements apply - see BHF website. .

Closing date
Applications may be submitted at any time.


Immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Fellowship

http://www.bhf.org.uk/research/research-grants/what-we-fund/postdoctoral-basic-science.aspx

These award provide an opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent cardiovascular research careers in an established institution in the UK. Candidates should be in the final year of their PhD studies or have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience from the date of the PhD viva, and must be able to show, by publications or otherwise, evidence of exceptional research ability.  The fellowship will not usually be held in the institution where the PhD was carried out.  Residency requirements apply - see BHF website.

There is no Closing date
Applications may be submitted at any time.


Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship

http://www.bhf.org.uk/research/research-grants/what-we-fund/intermediate-basic-science-res.aspx

These awards provide a career opportunity for talented individuals hoping to become research leaders in an established research institution in the UK.  Applicants must usually have completed 3-6 years successful postdoctoral work with a series of first or senior author high impact research papers.  Residency requirements apply - see BHF website.

There is no closing date

Applications may be submitted at any time.


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Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

Career Establishment Awards

http://science.cancerresearchuk.org/funding/find-grant/all-funding-schemes/career-establishment-award/?script=true

These awards provide six years of funding to enable new, non-clinical and clinical investigators who have just taken up their first Higher Education Funding Council funded post at a UK university to establish their own research group.  Funds for one junior postdoctoral position and one research assistant or technician, as well as running expenses that may include a supplement for the applicant's own bench costs may be required.  A separate amount can be requested for equipment.  Applicants must be within three to eight years of the start of their first academic post at the time of application. 

Closing date
Usually September for preliminary applications and the following June for full applications, but see website for details of next round. 


Career Development Fellowship

http://science.cancerresearchuk.org/funding/find-grant/all-funding-schemes/career-development-fellowship/?script=true

This Fellowship supports outstanding non-clinical scientists at the start of their independent careers. Fellows will have shown special promise in their initial studies in a cancer relevant research field, but may not yet have sufficient experience or the track record to obtain a more senior Fellowship. The Fellowship provides the opportunity to set up an independent research group for the first time. Applicants for this scheme should have between three and eight years postdoctoral research experience since the date of their viva.

Closing date
Usually September for preliminary applications and the following June for full applications, but see website for details of next round. 

Daphne Jackson Trust

Fellowships

http://www.daphnejackson.org/fellowships/


A Daphne Jackson Fellowship is a unique fellowship designed to return scientists, engineers and technologists to their careers after a break.  Applicants should have a career break of two or more years, and should have at least 3 years research experience and/or a PhD.  The Fellowships are flexible and include a tailored training programme designed to update the skills and knowledge of the Fellow.  The Fellow is paid a salary, with a small additional allowance for expenses such as conference attendance. 

Closing date
No deadline for enquiries.  Eligible applicants will be invited to submit a preliminary application. 


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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Fellowships

http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/fellows/

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.  Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience; however, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post doctoral experience or whether your hold or do not hold a permanent academic position.  

Closing date
Applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed on a rolling basis.  Fellowship applications will be prioritised twice a year in approximately January/February and July. 


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Leverhulme Trust

Early Career Fellowships

http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ECF/ECF.cfm

These Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record or research.  It is anticipated that the Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position.  Applications are welcomed in any discipline.  The Trust will contribute 50% of the Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £24,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution.  The Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities.  

Closing date
Usually February or March, but see website for details of next round.


Research Fellowships

http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/RF/RF.cfm

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. There are no restrictions on academic discipline, and awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education. The maximum of £50,000 over 3 to 24 months.  The awards provide research expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings. 

Closing date
Usually November


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Medical Research Council (MRC)

MRC offers various Felllowships to meet diverse needs.  Some Fellowships are highlighted below, but full details of all Fellowships offered by MRC can be found at http://www.mcr.ac.uk/skills-careers/Fellowships/

Career Development Award (CDA)

http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/fellowships/non-clinical-fellowships/career-development-award-cda/

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.  There are no eligibility rules based on year of post doctoral experience, however applicants are normally expected to hold a PhD and to have appropriate skills and experience at the time of their application to enable transition to independence career stage.  The CDA provides full personal salary costs, together with support for research staff, consumable expenses, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project for up to five years.

Closing date
The CDA competition is held twice a year; see website for details of next round.


Skills Development Fellowships

http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/fellowships/skills-development-fellowships/?nav=sidebar

Skills Development Fellowships support training for capacity building in MRC priority areas by supporting a) very early career researchers to consolidate their skills in a priority area in which they are already active or in which they are seeking training, or b) researchers at all career stages who wish to change disciplines to a priority area.  Applicants should normally hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline or expect to do so by the time they take up the award.  All proposals must include development of new expertise and skills in the current priority areas (see MRC website).  The Fellowship provides full personal salary costs, with support for consumable, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project for 3 years.  Applicants may request up to four years' support where the project and training require more than three years and the need for the additional time is fully justified in the application.

Closing date

The Sills Development Fellowships competition is held once a year; see website for details of next round.


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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

NERC Independent Research Fellowships (IRFs)

http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/irf.asp

The NERC Independent Research Fellowship (IRF) Scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early career environmental scientists, by giving all fellows five years' support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition.

Closing date
Usually October, but see website for details of next round.


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Royal Society (RS)

University Research Fellowship

http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/university-research/

This scheme is 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.  The scheme provides the opportunity to build an independent research careers.  Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.  The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine and any researcher addressing a direct biomedical research question.  Applicants must have a PhD (applications who have just submitted their PhD will not be considered) and be in the early stages of their research career (between 3 to 8 years of research experience since their PhD).  

Closing date

Usually September, but see website for details of next round. 


Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/dorothy-hodgkin/

The 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.  The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a current need for flexible support due to personal circumstances at the time of application.  This can include current parenting or caring responsibilities (such as raising children or looking after ageing or seriously ill family members), clinically diagnosed health issues or other personal circumstances that create a need for a flexible working pattern.  Applicants must also be at an early stage of their research career (have completed their PhD but have no more than 6 years of research experience post PhD).

Closing date
Usually January but see website for details of next round.


Sir Henry Dale Fellowship
http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/henry-dale/

For outstanding post doctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.  The scheme supports research ranging from the molecules and cells vital to life and their role in the global spread of disease, to clinical and public health research seeking to improve the quality of healthcare.  It can be based in the laboratory, clinic or field, and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches.  This Fellowship brings together the Royal Society and Wellcome Trust, two of the world's most prestigious and influential scientific organisation, in their shared commitment to supporting the future leaders of biomedical research.  The scheme seeks to support individuals who would have previously applied for a 'biomedical' Royal Society University Research Fellowship or a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship hosted by a UK academic organisation. Applicants are expected to have relevant scientific or mathematical qualifications and, at the final decision point (i.e. at interview), be no more than seven years from the date of their PhD viva.   

Closing date
Applications for this scheme are considered three times a year; see website for details of next round. 


Newton International Fellowship

http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/newton-international/

This scheme is for non UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.  The scheme provides the opportunity for the best early stage post doctoral researcher from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years.  The scheme covers the broad range of the natural and social sciences and the humanities.  The scheme is jointly run by The British Academy and the Royal Society.

Closing date

Usually February, but see website for details of next round.


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Wellcome Trust

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Fellowships/Basic-biomedical-fellowships/WTX033549.htm

This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas.  Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to develop and deliver a personal programme to achieve their research aims.  Applicants must be in the final year of their PhD studies or have no more than two year of postdoctoral research experience from the date of the PhD viva at the final decision point (i.e. interview). 

Closing date

Applications for this scheme are considered twice a year; see website for details of next round.  


Career Re-entry Fellowships

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Fellowships/Basic-biomedical-fellowships/WTD004380.htm

This scheme is for postdoctoral scientists who have recently decided to recommence a scientific research career after a continuous break of at least two years. It gives such scientists the opportunity to return to high-quality research, with the potential to undertake refresher or further training. Applicants should have at least two years' postdoctoral experience, have had a continuous career break of at least two years, and should have either a strong research track record (if applying for up to four years' support) or demonstrated the potential for a strong research career prior to the break (if applying for two years' support) 

Closing date
Applications for this scheme are considered twice a year; see website for details of next round.


Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Fellowships/Basic-biomedical-fellowships/WTD004442.htm

This scheme provides support for outstanding postdoctoral scientists who have an excellent track record in their scientific field and are able to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research.  Applicants should have been seven and twelve years' research experience (from the date of the viva to the decision date, i.e. interview) at postdoctoral level, and have a substantial record of publications in the chosen area of research in leading international journals.

Closing date
Applications for this scheme are considered three times a year; see website for details of next round. 


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