Fellowship funding opportunities

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

This list is not exhaustive and there are other opportunities that will be circulated when they arise. All 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 Emma Reilly.

Fully funded fellowships

If you are interested in applying to any of the following 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. 

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.

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 4 months). Advised submission for Physical Sciences is Early May / End of September / End of December. Panel dates are Early September / End of January / End of April

BBSRC David Philips Fellowships  11 May 2017 (4pm)

David Phillips Fellowships (DPF) provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. Awards are for five years and include personal salary and a significant research support grant to enable fellows to establish their own independent research group.
It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded, each at a value of up to £1M (80% fEC).

Future Leader Fellowships 11 May 2017 (4pm)
The Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) will provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. Awards are for three years and it is expected that around 12 fellowships will be awarded, each at a value of up to £300k. 
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.
Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship Late 2017 (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

Prospective applicants to the following schemes will need to contact researchsupport-chemistry-physics-eaes@manchester.ac.uk a minimum of 4 weeks before the deadline to express interest. Applicants will be required to provide a CV and 1 page application summary for consideration by the Head of School and Director of Research before an application can be submitted. 

Sir Henry Dale Fellowship  August 2017 (TBC)
 This scheme is for outstanding post-doctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question. The scheme seeks to support individuals who would have previously applied for a 'biomedical' Royal Society University Research Fellowship or a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship hosted by a UK academic organisation. You are eligible to apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship if you have a PhD and significant postdoctoral research experience. 
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.
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. 
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 scheme is expected to open to applications in January 2018.

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