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Fellowships

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 fellowships@reading.ac.uk.

BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

Discovery Fellowships These fellowships support researchers to develop leadership skills and to conduct their own independent research within a host laboratory. Applicants must have passed their PhD viva by 30th November 2021. There is no upper limit on the number of years of postdoc experience, although applicants should not hold, or have held, an academic position of lecturer, independent fellowship or equivalent level. A substantial demonstration of support for the fellow is expected from the university for this scheme. Duration: 3 years Maximum funding: £500k Application deadline: 6th May 2021

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (MRC)

Clinician Scientist Fellowship (CSF) 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.

Duration: 4/5 years. Maximum funding: None Application deadline: 7th April 2021

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH (NIHR)

Pre-doctoral Fellowship is designed to support people who are looking to start or advance a career in health research methodology. It can be used to gain a MD and can be taken up on a full or part time basis. This is an annual call (usually February)

Duration: Up to 2 years Maximum funding: Salary for up to 2 years along with training expenses Application deadline: 25th March 2021

Development and Skills Enhancement Award 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).

Duration: 1 year Maximum funding: Fellow's salary and contribution to training and development costs Application deadline: 31st March 2021

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

EPSRC open 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 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


GET IN TOUCH

If you are interested in applying to a Fellowship scheme not listed above, please email fellowships@reading.ac.uk 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.