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School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Support for researchers

A number of fellowships are offered by funding bodies and charities for the postgraduate research programmes available in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The fellowships on offer range from fully funded fellowship opportunities to partly funded schemes.

Some of these schemes have clear deadlines, so please make sure that you visit the website of your chosen scheme to ensure that you submit your application before the deadline.

Fully funded fellowships

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

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 five years. It covers:

  • The applicant’s salary costs up to a maximum of £39,708.70, estate costs and indirect costs for five 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);

EPSRC Fellowships

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.

Applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed on a rolling basis at a prioritisation panel after postal peer review (this can take a minimum of four months).

EPSRC-UKRI Innovation Fellowships

This fellowship is offered by a partnership of the EPSRC and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). They welcome applications that align with EPSRC's 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.

NERC Independent Research Fellowships

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.

To apply you must have no more than 8 years post-doctoral experience.

The next call deadline is 2 October 2018.

Find out more on the NERC website.

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

We invite expressions of interest from potential applicants for STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. We have the opportunity to put one application forward to STFC and for this reason there will be an internal selection board. To be considered by this board you must meet the deadline specified below.

You should make email contact with Jamie Gilmour by Tuesday 31 July 2018 if you intend to submit an expression of interest. 

Expressions of interest should include:

  • A CV
  • Your top five publications, and a statement regarding your contribution to these papers
  • Two references to be confidentially emailed to
  • A preliminary research proposal (maximum 3 pages)

The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is midnight on 17 August 2018.

If you are selected as this School’s supported candidate we will work with you to prepare the full application to STFC.

Expressions of interest with the information detailed above should be submitted to Sara Lockett (Research Support Manager):

Information on these 5-year fellowships, including the application procedure and eligibility, can be found on the STFC website, where the deadline for complete applications to STFC can be found.

Partly funded fellowships

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship

This scheme - funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science - provides the opportunity 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.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

Offering 50% match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, this 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. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships

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.

Newton International Fellowships

The Newton International Fellowship scheme offers funding support for two years at UK research institutions. The grant provides £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for 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.

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowships

Research Fellowships

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 three years' postdoctoral experience. Eight awards are available per year. Candidates proposing projects in applied science and engineering are particularly encouraged to apply.

Industrial Fellowships

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 or CASE candidates.

RSE/STFC Enterprise Fellowships

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.