Independent fellowships at the Centre: support and funding
The Centre for Ecology and Conservation (CEC) hosts the highest concentration of organismal biologists in the UK – with particular research strengths in ecology, evolution, behaviour, and conservation. This expanding, dynamic and supportive research environment is an ideal location for independent research fellows and the Centre has a strong track-record of hosting fellowships funded though UK, European, and international schemes (including NERC, BBSRC, Royal Society, ERC, Leverhulme Trust, Marie Curie, NSF and others). Many of our previous fellows have gone on to become permanent members of academic staff at the Centre.
Fellowship support is offered at all stages
- Advice on scheme suitability and proposal writing from our many successful fellows and research support staff.
- Review of draft proposals
- Costing and submission of applications via funder portals.
- Assistance with interview preparation.
- 1:1 mentoring from senior colleagues.
- Peer support from our Early Career Researcher network.
- Opportunities (but no obligation) to gain teaching experience and to supervise BSc, MSc, MRes, and PhD project students.
- Training and personal development.
- Support for grant proposal development from senior colleagues and research support staff.
- Clear criteria for progression to permanent positions.
- Opportunities for proleptic appointments.
The following table lists the main UK and EU fellowship schemes. Some other countries have their own fellowship schemes that would provide support for those seeking to work at CEC, e.g. the NSF in the USA; we are also very willing to provide support for these candidates.
|BBSRC||David Phillips Fellowships||5-year fellowships for applicants with at least 3 years active postdoctoral research (no upper limit), applications in any area of BBSRC’s remit but proposals aligned to strategic priorities particularly welcome.||Usually May, annually|
|Future Research Leaders||3-year awards for early career researchers (up to 5 years post-PhD) in any area of BBSRC’s remit but proposals aligned to strategic priorities particularly welcome.||Usually May, annually|
|Daphne Jackson Trust||Daphne Jackson Fellowships||Fellowships are usually held half-time for 2 years. The scheme aims to return those with a STEM background to their careers following a career break of 2+ years (must have had 3+ years in research prior to break).||Apply at any time|
|European Molecular Biology Organization||EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships||2-year fellowships to support post-doctoral (up to 2 years post-PhD) research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. Fellowships must involve movement between countries. The receiving institute or the applicant's nationality must be from one of the EMBC Member States.||Apply any time, 2 evaluation sessions per year|
|EU Horizon 2020||Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions -individual fellowships||European Fellowships: 1-2 years, or Global Fellowships: 2-3 years for researchers undertaking mobility between countries, optionally to the non-academic sector. Doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience required. Candidates must not have lived, worked or studied in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the deadline.||See website for call deadlines|
|L'Oreal - UNESCO UK and Ireland||L'Oreal UK and Ireland Women in science fellowship||1-year awards of £15k for outstanding women in science with less than 10 years postdoctoral experience.||Usually February, annually|
|MRC||Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship (SNCF)||5 years awards, for established applicants with a PhD (no min or max PDRA years specified) across all areas of MRC’s remit: from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research.||Twice yearly, usually April and September|
|Senior Clinical Fellowship (SCF)||5 year awards for talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals, with an effective track record of internationally competitive independent research, to make the transition to research leadership. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research, it is expected that applicants’ clinical work will help to inform and strengthen their research work.||Usually April, annually|
|Career Development Award (CDA): Transition to independence||5 years awards, for applicants with a PhD (no min max PDRA years specified) to make the transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator. Applies across all areas of MRC’s scientific remit: from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research.||Twice yearly, usually April and September|
|NERC||Independent Research Fellowships||5-year fellowships for early career researchers (up to 8 years full-time (or equivalent) post-PhD) of any nationality in any area of NERC’s remit. No firm upper limits on costs however usually c. £500K||Early October, annually|
|Knowledge Exchange Fellowships||Open or Directed 1-3 year fellowships held at 20-80% to focus on accelerating and amplifying impact from NERC research. Applicants can be at any career stage from user or academic background.||Annual call around April|
|The Leverhulme Trust||Early Career Fellowships||3-year fellowships providing 50% match-funding for early career researchers (<4 years post-PhD) in any area except clinically-relevant.||Usually March each year|
|Research Fellowships||3-24 month fellowships offering up to £55k for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline, except clinical / disease focused.||Usually November each year|
|The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851||Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering||Up to 3-year fellowships for early-career STEM researchers (up to 3 years post-PhD) of any nationality.||Usually February each year|
|The Royal Society||University Research Fellowships||5-8 year fellowships for outstanding early career scientists with 3-8 years postdoctoral experience.||Usually early September each year|
|Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships||Up to 5-year fellowships for outstanding early career scientists with no more than 6 years' post PhD experience who require a flexible working pattern.||Usually November each year|
|The Royal Society/ Newton Fund||Newton International Fellowships||
Up to 2-year fellowships for non-UK early-career scientists (up to 7 years post-PhD) who wish to carry out research in the UK.
|Usually March each year|
|Newton Advanced Fellowships||
Up to 3 year awards to enable established international researchers from particular countries up to 15 years post-PhD to develop the strengths and capabilities of their research group through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK.
|Usually March each year|
|The Royal Society/ The Wellcome Trust||Sir Henry Dale Fellowships||
5-year fellowships for outstanding post- doctoral scientists with significant research experience wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.
|Three deadlines per year, usually April, August, Nov (preliminary applications)|
|The Wellcome Trust||Career Re-entry Fellowships||4 year fellowships that give post-doctoral scientists the opportunity to return to high-quality research after a career break of at least 2 years.||Two deadlines per year, usually April and October (preliminary applications)|
|Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships||4-year fellowships for the most promising early career researchers (final year PhD or with some initial postdoctoral experience) to start independent research careers in the biomedical sciences (in the UK or Republic of Ireland).||Two deadlines per year, usually April and October (preliminary applications)|
|Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science||5-year awards for researchers with significant PDRA experience to lead an independent research programme. Applicants must be UK/ EEA nationals or non-EEA nationals who have a relevant degree from a UK university or have worked in the UK for at least 3-years continuously.||Three deadlines per year, usually March, August, Nov|