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BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships for UK and International Scientists in UK, 2020

BBSRC is offering David Phillips Fellowships for outstanding scientists in the early stages of their research careers who wish to establish themselves as independent researchers. Up to 5 awards are awarded annually for a period of five years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Applicants should hold a PhD, but not hold, or have held, an open-ended academic position of Lecturer level or equivalent.



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BBSRC was established by Royal Charter in 1994 by incorporation of the former Agricultural and Food Research Council (AFRC) with the biotechnology and biological sciences programmes of the former Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC). BBSRC is a non-departmental public body.


  • Application Deadline: May 12, 2020
  • Course Level: Fellowship is available for outstanding scientists in the early stages of their research careers who wish to establish themselves as independent researchers.
  • Study Subject: Proposals can be submitted in any area of science within their remit. Applications that are aligned with their overarching strategic priorities are particularly encouraged.
  • Award: It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded, each at a value of up to £1 million (80% fEC). Please note: BBSRC will provide funds of up to £1 million (80% of the full economic cost). The total costs (100% full economic cost) requested may be up to £1.25 million.
  • Number of Awards: It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded.
  • Nationality: UK and international researchers
  • The award can be taken in the UK


  • Eligible Countries: UK and international researchers can apply for these David Phillips Fellowships.
  • Entrance Requirements:
    • Applicants should hold a PhD, but not hold, have held or had the offer of an academic position at Lecturer level (or the equivalent in institutions other than universities). Please note that if applicants have previously applied for BBSRC grant funding as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator (therefore confirming that they hold a lecturer level or equivalent post) they are not eligible to apply for a fellowship
    • It is expected that applicants will have at least three years of active postdoctoral research experience prior to February 2018

    Note: David Phillips Fellowship applicants are not eligible to apply to any additional 2018 BBSRC fellowship competitions.

  • English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Application Procedure:

How to Apply:

  1. Log in to Je-S (Joint electronic submission system)
  2. Select Council: BBSRC
  3. Select Document Type: Fellowship Proposal
  4. Select Scheme: Fellowship
  5. Select Call/Type/Mode: David Phillips Fellowships – 12 May 2020
  6. Click Create Document

Proposals will require the following mandatory attachments (see also DPF Je-S help text in application downloads below):

  • CV. You should complete the standard CV template (see application downloads below). We do not accept standalone CVs
  • Case for support and track record
  • Diagrammatic workplan
  • Data management plan
  • List of publications
  • Head of Department statement
  • Justification of resources
  • Pathways to impact plan

Important new mandatory requirement:
All applications involving the use of animals overseas are required to include a signed statement on the use of animals confirming that they will follow the guidelines laid out by the NC3Rs (see external links) and adhere to regulatory systems in the UK and overseas. The signed statement must be attached as a Letter of Support to the Je-S application. Please refer to the updated “RCUK guidance for funding applications involving animal research” (see external links).

In addition to the signed statement, applications involving the use of rodents overseas must also attach the “Additional questions on the use of rodents overseas” form (see external links).

Fellowships are awarded under full economic costing (fEC). Support for proposed research should be costed in line with the grants guide.

Detailed guidance on how to complete proposal forms and attachments can be found in the DF Je-S help text (see application downloads below) and in the Fellowships Handbook (see downloads section). Note: Please do not use the fellowship help text in the Je-S system.

We do not accept late proposals.

Important: applicants should ensure proposals are submitted to their host institution’s Je-S submitter/approval pool well in advance (a minimum of 5 working days) of the published deadline. This enables institution checks to be carried out before final submission to BBSRC.

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