University Research Fellowships from the Royal Society

Academic by Tim Ellis CC BY-NC 2.0
Academic by Tim Ellis CC BY-NC 2.0

Are you a postdoctoral researcher in the life or physical sciences with between 3 and 8 years’ experience post-PhD?

The Royal Society’s prestigious University Research Fellowship scheme opens for applications tomorrow, 15th July. The fellowships fund “outstanding” early career researchers in a broad range of science disciplines, including engineering but excluding clinical medicine and biomedicine. Eligible applicants should have a PhD, with between 3-8 years of research experience, and not have a permanent academic post.

The awards provide five years of funding initially for 80% of the basic salary costs of the applicant, plus estates and indirect costs. After the five years, an opportunity is available to apply for a further three years of funding. Research expenses (up to £13K in the first year, and £11K thereafter) are also provided. In addition all successful fellows are eligible to apply for a “start up” grant of £150K in their first year.

Proposals should be submitted via the Royal Society’s eGap system by 3rd September 2015. Please contact your Research Funding and Policy Manager at an early stage. This is a highly competitive scheme and track record will play a role in assessment. It is critical that prospective applicants discuss their intentions to apply as soon as possible to ensure support is in place to help them to write a strong proposal.