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; further details of this process, once launched, will be available below.
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://nerc.ukri.org/funding/available/fellowships/irf/)
- 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 contact no later than 25th July 2022.
UKRI – Future Leaders Fellowship: round 7
This scheme is for early career researchers and innovators who are either:
- looking to establish or transition to independence
- developing their own original and ambitious plans within a commercial setting
UKRI is offering funding to support ambitious research or innovation programmes across its disciplinary remit. Candidates must be based at, and have the support of, an eligible academic or non-academic institution. There is no minimum or maximum award value. Your project can last for up to four years, with the option to apply to renew for a further three years.
Outline application closing date: 18th October 2022
Full application closing date: 6th December 2022
Further information is available here: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/future-leaders-fellowships-round-7/
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 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: 16th November 2022
NIHR Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships Round 8
Closes: 13:00 on 21 July 2022
The NIHR is launching the 8th round of Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships as part of the NIHR Fellowship Programme. The Advanced Fellowship is for those at a post-doctoral level and can be utilised at several specific points of a researcher’s career development. Whilst the NIHR Doctoral Fellowship is a three year full-time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research.
NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) round 10
Closes: 13:00 on 29 July 2022
The Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) 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. Applicants need to demonstrate what new skills and experience they hope to gain through the award, and how it will benefit their future career in health and care research. The award runs three times a year, opening in January, May and September and will support a mixture of researcher-led applications and applications from areas of strategic importance. The current themes are:
- health data science
- clinical trials
- entrepreneurship and working with industry
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.
Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships (European Commission)
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.
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.
n/a - budget calculated based on unit costs, multiplied by the requested person months
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