A number of Fellowship schemes are available across the sciences, as detailed below. If you would like to discuss any further, please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that the University of Reading runs internal selection processes for the schemes run by STFC, NERC, Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering.
Fellowships in the Environmental and Physical Sciences
The University of Reading operates an internal review process, based on Expressions of Interest (EoI), to support candidates who are interested to apply to any of the following four fellowship schemes:
- STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (https://stfc.ukri.org/funding/fellowships/ernest-rutherford-fellowship/)
- NERC Independent Research Fellowship (https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/nerc-independent-research-fellowship-2022/)
- Royal Society University Research Fellowship (https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/university-research/)
- Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships (https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-prizes/grants/support-for-research/raeng-research-fellowship)
Interested applicants are asked to email email@example.com as soon as possible so that we can register your interest and direct you to the Research Development Manager who will be supporting you through the fellowships application process, and who will provide you access to resources which can support your application.
Eligible candidates will then be asked to complete the pro forma document, and send this to their allocated Research Development Manager.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Fellowships are on offer via the following routes:
EPSRC postdoctoral fellowship (Recommended if you have not previously held a significant grant (usually defined as those which included PDRA time, capital equipment or were in excess of £100,000 FEC)).
EPSRC synthetic biology postdoctoral fellowship
Applications for Open Fellowships can be across any topic in the EPSRC portfolio. Post‐doctoral opportunities will vary across themes.
Projects can focus on discovery science, innovation, instrumentation/technique development or software engineering, or a combination of these. The Open Fellowships have an optional Plus component, for when the applicant plans to spend 20‐50% of their time on the fellowship to create positive culture change in the research community beyond their proposed scientific project and research group e.g. fellowships with a significant industry collaboration, knowledge exchange or impact element (examples provided in document annex).
Applications can be submitted at any time and are processed on a rolling basis at a prioritisation panel after peer review. Submission should be timed to have the best chance of being assessed at a forthcoming prioritisation panel (please refer to the fellowships Fellowships Guidance for full details).
Duration: You can apply for up to three years of support for post‐doctoral awards, and up to five years of support for open awards.
Maximum funding: None
Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship
This scheme is for experienced academic researchers who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching, administration and pastoral care duties. It is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. 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. Note that the Royal Society does not cover clinical medicine (such as patient orientated research and clinical trials), social sciences or humanities, other than when working in partnership with organisations.
To be eligible to apply, you must:
- have a PhD or equivalent
- hold a permanent post at a UK university or not-for-profit institution
- be at a stage in your career when you would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research
The award lasts between one term and one academic year. The applicant’s employing institution will be reimbursed for the full salary cost of a teaching replacement (up to the equivalent of the minimum point on the lectureship scale as paid by the host university). Research expenses up to a maximum of £2,500 are available to cover the costs of consumables, equipment, travel and communicating science.
More information available here: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/leverhulme-trust-senior-research/
Application deadline: expected November 2023
Daphne Jackson Trust
The Daphne Jackson Fellowship scheme supports researchers who are returning to work after a career break of 2 or more years, taken for a family, caring or health reason. The scheme is open to researchers from all fields of research; previously the scheme was only open to STEM subjects but the remit expanded in July 2020 to also include arts and humanities. Fellowships are flexible and part-time, usually completed over two years at 0.5 FTE, and consist of a challenging research project and at least 100 hours' retraining per year. Funding is provided through a number of funders, so the exact duration may vary; please check the funders' websites for details.
Duration: 2 or 3 years. Maximum funding: variable depending on the funder.