The University of Reading takes pride in a strong track record of career building and career development for researchers, of which an important strand is hosting Research Fellowships. These provide opportunities to build research independence. Some schemes promote international mobility, some provide training or support the transition to a new research field, whilst others can support returning to work after a career break. There are schemes to support candidates at a range of different career stages.
The University of Reading supports applicants to a range of externally funded Research Fellowships.
Some Fellowship schemes require institutional support or are limited in the number of applications that an institution can submit. For these schemes, the University holds a process for all applicants to identify the strongest candidates to support. Details of the current internal processes can be seen below. Details of discipline-specific Fellowship schemes can be found in the Sciences, and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences sections.
If you are interested in applying to hold a Fellowship at the University of Reading, please do get in touch via email@example.com.
NERC, STFC, Royal Society and RAEng - Autumn 2021 deadlines
The application process for NERC, STFC, Royal Society, and RAEng fellowships in 2021 can be found in the document here.
Medical Research Council (MRC)
Open to post-doctoral researchers who are not clinically active, to support the transition to independent investigator. Eligibility is dependent on skills and experience at the time of application and there are no rules based on number of years of post-doctoral experience.
Applications are invited across all areas of the MRC's scientific remit. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research.
5 years. None 15th September 2021
Supports proven independent researchers with a track record of excellence in their scientific field to develop into research leaders. To be eligible to apply, applicants must already to leading their own research group as an independent investigator
Applications are welcome across all areas of the MRC's scientific remit. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research.
5 years. None 15th September 2021
Supports 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.
Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research; however, it is expected that applicants' clinical work helps to inform and strengthen their research work.
4/5 years. None 1st September 2021
- predoctoral fellowships (limits on salary, £20K limit p.a. other costs)
- postdoctoral fellowships (limits on salary, no limit on expenses)
Applicant's are expected to be undertaking their speciality training. Available funding will cover salary and related expenses.
2-4 years (typically 3 years) 1st September 2021
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
NIHR has four which have been designed to support individuals at various points of their career to become leading researchers. The NIHR also partner with several charities to offer jointly funded Partnership Fellowships at both Doctoral and Advanced levels.
supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. This may also be taken up on a part-time basis. There are 2 calls a year (usually April and October)
: 3 years None
is an award for those at a post-doctoral level and can be utilised at several specific points of a researcher's career development such as post PhD, establishing independence as a researcher, transferring into applied research or re-establishing a career following a career break. It can be taken up on a full or part time basis. There are 2 calls a year (usually April and October)
2 to 5 years None
is a post-doctoral level award aimed at supporting NIHR Academy Members to gain specific skills and experience to underpin the next phase of their research career. There are 3 calls a year (usually January, May and September).
1 year Fellow's salary and contribution to training and development costs
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)).
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 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.
Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships (European Commission)
*Published information under Horizon Europe not available yet*
A follow-on from the MSCA Individual Fellowships, MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility. The scheme is open to excellent researchers of any nationality. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships also encourage researchers to work on research and innovation projects in the non-academic sector and is open to researchers wishing to reintegrate in Europe, to those who are displaced by conflict, as well as to researchers with high potential who are seeking to restart their careers in research.
Through the implementation of an original and personalised research project, MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships aim to foster excellence through training and mobility and to equip researchers with new skills and competences in order to identify solutions to current and future challenges. Postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to reach out to society at large to make the results of their research visible to citizens.
Duration: European Postdoctoral Fellowships 12-24 months, Global Postdoctoral Fellowships 12-24 months + 12 month return phase
*An additional period of up to six months can be requested for a placement, at the end of the project, in an organisation from the non-academic sector.
Maximum funding: n/a - budget calculated based on unit costs, multiplied by the requested person months
Application deadline: 15 September 2021
Royal Society (RS)
The British Academy (BA)
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If you are interested in applying to a Fellowship scheme not listed above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of: the scheme you wish to apply to, a 2 page CV and a brief (1 page) summary of your proposed research. Please do also get in touch if you have any queries on the information listed on this page.