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Department of Chemistry


A number of fellowships are offered by funding bodies and charities for the postgraduate research programmes available in the Department of Chemistry.

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

If you are interested in applying for a Fellowship hosted at Manchester, please contact our Head of Research Professor Richard Winpenny

Some of the schemes have clear deadlines; please visit the funder’s website to ensure that you submit your application before the deadline.

Fully funded fellowships

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships

BBSRC's David Phillips Fellowships 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 £1 million.

BBSRC Future Leader Fellowships

The Future Leader Fellowship 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 £300,000.

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).

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

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.

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 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 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 post-doctoral experience. Eight awards are available per year. Candidates proposing projects in applied science and engineering are particularly encouraged to apply.

Sir Henry Dale Fellowship

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.