The Royal Society is pleased to offer University Research Fellowships for outstanding scientists in the UK who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. Citizens of EEA (includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) or a Swiss citizen can apply for these fellowships.
The Royal Society provides modern educational and research environments that will enable students and researchers to face current challenges and to focus on knowledge as a principle driving force for development.
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The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognize, promote and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
Course Level: The scheme provides the opportunity to build an independent research career.
Study Subject: 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.
Scholarship can be taken in the UK
Scholarship Award: Funding is initially provided for five years with the opportunity to apply for an extension of an additional three years.
The scheme provides:
- Research Fellows salary: 80% of the basic salary costs up to £40,681.46 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs
- Research expenses:
– Contribution to research expenses of £13,000 in year one and £11,000 per year thereafter
– Additional research expenses of up to £40,000 in 2020/21 will also be awarded
- Research assistance:
– Contribution to a postdoctoral research assistant and/or a four-year Ph.D. studentship
– Equipment costs
– Support for public engagement activities
– Funding for training and professional development for the Research Fellow and any staff or students supported by the grant
Nationality: Citizens of EEA (includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) or a Swiss citizen can apply for these fellowships.
Applicants can apply for this scheme if they:
- have between three to eight years of research experience since your Ph.D. by the closing date of the round. Career breaks are taken into account, please refer to the scheme notes for further detail
- do not hold a permanent post in a university or not for profit research organization
- do not hold, or have not previously held, an equivalent fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a Ph.D. (note we will not consider applicants who have just submitted their Ph.D.).
How to Apply:
Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s electronic grant application system (e-GAP).
Your application will go through the process detailed on the Making a grant application page overseen by one of four research appointment panels based on your research area:
- Ai: Astronomy, cosmology, physics, earth sciences, environmental physical sciences & geosciences
- Aii: Chemistry and engineering
- Aiii: Pure and applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, communications, and computer engineering; the mathematical aspects of astronomy, physics, cosmology, gravitation, theoretical physics
- B: Molecular and cellular biology, zoology, plant sciences, and physiology
Application Deadline: This scheme is open to applications and will close to applications on 3 September 2019.