Fellowship funding opportunities

Fellowships are offered by numerous funding bodies and charities, and at all career levels.

Details of schemes will be available from this page as they are announced. If you are interested in a particular scheme, and it is not listed below, please contact Sara Lockett

Fully funded fellowships

You should contact a member of school academic staff appropriate to your research proposal well in advance of the deadline to discuss the support we can offer you when developing your proposal and to familiarise yourself with the School and University research environment.  If you are interested in applying to any of the following Fellowship schemes please contact your Research Support Officer (if you are currently in The University of Manchester) or researchsupport-chemistry-physics-eaes@manchester.ac.uk a minimum of two weeks before the deadline and a member of the Research Support Services team will assist you with your proposal submission. For NERC Independent Research Fellowships there is a preliminary selection process, please see below for details


EPSRC Fellowships Open call

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. Through links to our strategic priorities and focussing on areas where growth is required, Fellowships develop the next generation of researchers with the greatest potential across the postdoctoral, early and established career stages.

EPSRC-UKRI Innovation Felllowships
9 November 2017 (outline applications)

Applications are sought in alignment with the Industrial Strategy, in areas that have been identified as relevant to EPSRC or recognised priority areas at the interface of engineering and physical science research. A list and description of these areas can be found within the call guidance.

Dorothy Hodgkinson Fellowship 16 November 2017
This scheme is for outstanding 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.  The scheme provides funding for 5 years. It covers:

The applicant’s salary costs up to a maximum 80% of the basic salary costs up to £40,030.34 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs. Under the full economic costing model, 80% of these costs will be met by the Society. Research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter)

Partly funded fellowships

You should contact a member of school academic staff appropriate to your research proposal well in advance of the deadline to discuss the School research environment and support we can offer you when developing your proposal.  An expression of interest should be submitted to Sara Lockett 4 weeks before the deadline for consideration by the Head of School, Director of Research and relevant academic staff member.  Expressions of interest should include a 2 page CV and a 1 page proposal summary which provides a brief background to the fellowship, details of methodology and approach and any other relevant information. 

RSE/STFC Enteprise Fellowships 1 November 2017
The STFC, along with the RSE (Royal Society of Edinburgh), offer support for STFC funded scientists who want to develop a business idea based on STFC funded research. The fellowship gives one year's salary and business training, to the Enterprise Fellow - the aim being to give someone the time and skills to set up a viable business as a result of the STFC science programme.

Enterprise Fellowships are designed to encourage exploitation of the STFC research programme. Applications may be submitted on any subject provided that the original research or technological developments have their origin as part of a programme largely funded by STFC, or in the case of nuclear physics programme previously funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships 9 November 2017
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. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.  Offering up to £55,000 over 3 to 24 months for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. The maximum value of a Fellowship is £55,000. The awards provide research expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings.
JSPS London Short-tem Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers 1 December 2017
This Programme provides the opportunity for short-term visits for pre and postdoctoral UK researchers and researchers from Europe, North America and Canada based in the UK to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions. The Programme is designed to provide researchers with first-hand experience of the research and living environment in Japan, whilst expan
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Industrial Fellowships. 25 January 2018
These prestigious Fellowships are awarded to selected, exceptional graduates with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to Industry for a programme of doctoral level research.  They are open to company employed candidates or nominated Doctoral Centre / CASE candidates.
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowships 15 February 2018
Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering are intended to give scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity for early independence with the objective of contributing to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative national culture. Applicants must have less than 3 years post doc experience.  8 awards are available per year. Candidates proposing projects in applied science and engineering are particularly encouraged to apply.  
Newton International Fellowships  March 2018 (tbc)
The Newton International Fellowship scheme offers funding support for two years at UK research institutions. The grant provides £24K p.a. to cover subsistence, £8K p.a. to cover research expenses and up to £2K relocation expenses. The long-term aim of the scheme is to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK.
The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 1 March 2018

Offering 50% match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment in the UK.  Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2018. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

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