Programs in the United Kingdom: Senior Academic/Faculty


Royal Society Mullard Award

The Royal Society Mullard Award is given to scientists showing promise of future contribution to UK national prosperity. Winners are chosen by nomination. Direct applications not accepted.

Agencies involved: The Royal Society

Key Dates: Application deadline February 8, 2013 for the coming year.


Mercer Prize

The Mercer Prize is given to scientists from whose research and innovation has greatly benefited society both intellectually and financially. Winners are chosen by nomination. Direct applications not accepted.

Agencies involved: The Royal Society

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Research Chairs

The title of Research Chair is given to an instructor of engineering in order to support the establishment of a research group and the performing of a research project taking place at a UK institution. Program runs for up to 5 years.

Agencies involved: The Royal Academy of Engineering

Key dates: Rolling

Key Dates: Application deadline is February 5, 2013 for Summer 2013 program


Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Scheme

The Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Scheme provides support to faculty members and senior researchers seeking to advance the research and development industry by carrying out research projects at UK institutions.

Agencies involved: The Royal Academy of Engineering

Key dates: Application deadline November 30, 2013 for programs beginning Fall 2013


Senior Research Fellowships

Senior Research Fellowships are given to scientists and faculty of engineering interested in furthering their career through academic research in the UK.

Agencies involved: The Royal Academy of Engineering

Key dates: Rolling


David Phillips Fellowships

David Phillips Fellowships are open to independent researchers for periods of up to 5 years. Candidates must have at least 3 years of post-doctoral research experience.

Agencies involved: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Key dates: Check website for updated information

Independent Research Fellowships

The NERC Independent Research Fellowship is designed for early-career environmental scientists for periods of up to 5 years.

Agencies involved: National Environment Research Council (NERC)

Key dates: Check website for updated information


EPSRC Fellowship 

The EPSRC wants to develop the next generation of scientists at the post-doctoral, early career and established career levels across the world. To that end, the EPSRC has designed a fellowship for scientists of any experience level. Candidates must hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience. Fellowships can be held at any UK university or similar Higher Education Institution (HEI) that is eligible for Research Council funding, however they cannot be held at Research Council Institutes.

Agencies involved: The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (RPSRC)

Key dates: Rolling


International Exchanges Scheme

The International Exchanges Scheme is awarded to scientists in the UK looking to travel in order to conduct cooperative research with an international partner. Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent. Program can run for the length of the applicant’s choosing: either 3 months, 1 year, or 2 years.

Agencies involved: The Royal Society, The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation

Key dates: Application deadline February 20, 2013 for programs beginning Fall 2013.


Brian Mercer Award for Innovation

The Brian Mercer Award for Innovation is intended for scientists looking to test their innovation in the public sector. The award allows advanced scientists to explore the option of marketing their innovation before securing capital investment. Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent, and must hold a permanent position at a university or NGO in the UK.

Agencies involved: The Royal Society

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Paul Instrument Fund

The Paul Instrument Fund is given to scientists for the development of a novel instrument to measure phenomena within the physical sciences. Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent. Program runs for up to 3 years.

Agencies involved: The Royal Society

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Industry Fellowship

The Royal Society Industry Fellowship is awarded to academic of any experience level looking to complete collaborative projects with UK scientists from within a specific industry. Candidates must hold PhD or equivalent, and hold a permanent position at a university or NGO in the UK.

Agencies involved: The Royal Society, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, Rolls-Royce, and British Petroleum (BP)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Brian Mercer Feasibility Award

Brian Mercer Feasibility Award is open to scientists wishing to test the marketability of their research. Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent, and must hold a permanent position at a university or NGO in the UK. Program runs for 12 months.

Agencies involved: The Royal Society

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Royal Society Research Professorship

The Royal Society Research Professorship is awarded to scientists looking for long-term support in research projects. Professorship funds are made available for a period of up to 10 years, but can only be used at a limited number of institutions.

Agencies involved: The Royal Society

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship

The Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship is open to senior scientists looking to explore research interests at universities and institutions in the UK. The fellowship distinguishes itself by not requiring fellows to complete teaching and administrative duties. Candidates must hold PhD or equivalent.

Agencies involved: The Leverhulme Trust, The Royal Society

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Sir Henry Dale Fellowship

The Sir Henry Dale Fellowship is awarded to post-doctoral scientists looking to develop international experience at research centers in the UK. Focus of study tends toward clinical and public health. Candidate must have received PhD within 7 years of application, and must have some experience working in the UK.

Agencies involved: The Royal Society, The Wellcome Trust

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Marshall Sherfield Fellowship

Marshall Sherfield Fellowship is awarded to scientific researchers looking to advance professionally while contributing to the industry of science and engineering in the UK. Candidates must hold a PhD.

Agencies involved: Marshall Scholarships

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Fulbright Scholar Awards

Fulbright Scholarships are awarded to faculty and professionals looking providing lectures and research while completing research projects at a UK university. Scholarship funds available for a period of 3-10 months. Candidates must hold or expect a PhD.

Agencies involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission

Key Dates: Applications open February 1, 2013 for 2014-15 scholarship year