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Funding sources

There are numerous fellowship schemes out there to suit researchers at various points of their career. Below we list some of the most popular schemes, but feel free to contact us if there is another scheme you are considering.

The University's Colleges also frequently offer fellowship opportunities (including research fellowships) - you can find out more the types of fellowships offered on the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs' website. 


Royal Society University Research Fellowships

This Fellowship provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.

It covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. Researchers addressing a direct biomedical research question should apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship.

Annual deadline

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

This scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists 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-related reasons.

Annual deadline

Wellcome Trust- Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships

This scheme enables medical, dental, veterinary and clinical psychology graduates to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence. It provides support for up to eight years and the flexibility to balance research and clinical responsibilities.

2x year

Wellcome Trust- Research Career Re-entry Fellowships

This scheme offers postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers after a continuous break from research of at least two years.

2x year

Wellcome Trust - Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

This scheme provides support for postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups. The scheme is a partnership between the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust.

3x year

Wellcome Trust - Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

This scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world.

2x year

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships

Supports outstanding researchers to conduct very high-quality research and establish independent academic careers

Annual deadline

BBSRC Future Leader Fellowship

Supports researchers who show excellent potential and who wish to undertake independent research in a host research group and gain the skills required to be successful in future leadership roles

Annual deadline

ERC Starting or Consolidator Grants

Open to researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD), a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal

Annual deadline

The Branco Weiss Fellowship

5 years funding – candidates must have a project that departs from the mainstream of research in your discipline, a record of outstanding scientific achievement, and demonstrate in the proposal a willingness to engage in a dialogue on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues across the frontiers of your particular discipline

Annual deadline

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Annual deadline