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


UK Space Agency Aurora Fellowships 5 September 2017
The UK Space Agency is making funding available for Aurora science to enhance the UK’s capabilities and cross-disciplinary approach to planetary science.  Applications are particularly welcome in the following areas:-  InSight and TGO data exploitation; Preparation for data exploitation of 2020 ExoMars; Science research activities in collaboration with the robotic exploration unit within the ESA Centre at Harwell.  fellowships will be offeredfor no more than 36 months in total but could be held part-time for up to six years.
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.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
14 September 2017 (4pm)

The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition.  Fellowships take the form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe.  The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the European Fellowship is held.

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

21 September 2017

The Ernest Rutherford Fellowships enables early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. They encourage talented researchers in UK universities to remain in the country and at the same time attract outstanding overseas researchers to the UK.  The School has one fellowship to offer this year but please note that applications for returners to work are not limited under the STFC quota system.

There is a preliminary selection process for this call and potential candidates are invited to submit an Expression of Interest. Please see here for further details.

NERC Independent Research Fellowship 3 October 2017
The NERC Independent Research Fellowship (IRF) Scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving all fellows five years' support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition.  As part of this scheme, NERC will expand its fellowship networking and training activities, working with host institutions, to support the development of future leaders in NERC science. 

 There is a preliminary selection process for this call and potential candidates are invited to submit an Expression of Interest. Please see here for further details.
Dorothy Hodgkinson Fellowship Late 2107 (tbc)
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 of £39,708.70, estate costs and indirect costs for 5 years. Under the full economic costing model, 80% of these costs will be met by the Royal 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. 

The Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships September 2017 (tbc)
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.  The maximum value of a Fellowship is £50,000. The awards provide research expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings.
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. Applications will open in October.  
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 Royal Society JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship March 2018 (tbc)
The Scheme - funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science provides the oppurtunity for highly qualified young researchers to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese Institutions.

The scheme provides subsistence funding as well as a settling-in allowance, a return air ticket and insurance cover. The Japanese host institution may also apply for a research grant of up to ¥1.5 million per year.

JSPS will provide funding for visits of 12-24 months.
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 March 2018 (tbc)
The Fellowships are intended to assist those at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, and it is hoped that the appointment would lead to a more permanent position for the individual, either within the same or another institution. The objective is for Fellows to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award, and the project put forward should therefore not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project.
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