Identifying an opportunity, strategy and timelines

To search for funding opportunities of any type, go to Finding Funding. Using Research Professional you can search for fellowships by career stage and by discipline. The following is a list of fellowships from leading funders to the School of Informatics. It is not exhaustive but provides a useful source of terms and conditions. Some are open calls and others have annual deadlines. In each case it is useful to look at the current awards to get an idea of career stage, CV and disciplines of awardees.



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Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience; however, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience or whether you hold (or do not hold) a permanent academic position, as this doesn’t allow for variations of career paths across the Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) disciplines.

Postdoctoral Fellowship - 3 years, specified themes

Open Fellowship - up to 5 years, any research area, any career stage (beyond post-doc), open all year. There is an optional Plus component allowing fellows 20-50% time to create positive change in the research community beyond their project.

UKRI Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) Next round not announced yet. Applicants should hold a PhD by the start date and if currently holding a permanent position should relinquish that position to be free to undertake the fellowship. This scheme is subject to an internal selection process which you will be informed of through the Director of Research. For details of current round process please see Resources and Support.
Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowships

Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships

Call expected July -September 22. Annual call. Applicants must have a PhD, which was awarded (or the PhD has been unconditionally approved) no more than four years before the submission deadline, and must not hold a permanent academic position.

Royal Society

University Research Fellowship (URF)

Opens 12 July 2022. This scheme is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. Applicants must have between three to eight years of research experience since PhD by the closing date of the round; not hold a permanent post in a university or not for profit research organisation; not hold, or have previously held, an equivalent fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status. Deadline 6 October 2022

  Industry Fellowship Opens 4 August 2022 This scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation. Applicants must have a PhD and a permanent post. Deadline 6 October 2022
Royal Society Grants Schedule funding scheme deadlines and anticipated decision dates
Leverhulme Trust

Early Career Fellowships

Open now Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment in the UK.  Only 66% funding (100% in first year, 50% in years 2-3) so need to find an institution willing to top up the salary to 100%.  School does not normally do this, but could consider doing so on the basis of strategic importance (see School Plan).  Such eligibility must be discussed with the Director of Research. Deadline 24 February 2022