Programs in the United Kingdom: Post-doctoral

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Fellowships

STFC Fellowships are awarded to researchers looking to pursue careers in research and development. Candidates must not hold a permanent academic position, but must hold PhD or equivalent, and at least 5 years of research experience.

Agencies involved: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Key dates: Check website for updated information


RAEng Research Fellowships

RAEng Research Fellowships are given to post-graduate and post-doctoral scientists of engineering looking to further their career through academic research in the UK. Candidates must have at least 3 years of post-doctoral research experience. Program runs for up to 5 years.

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.


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


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

More details: http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/brian-mercer-innovation/


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


Newton International Fellowships

The Newton International Fellowship was developed with the intent of building collaborative international efforts with the UK in the fields of research and development. The fellowship is open to early-stage researchers seeking support for 2 years of study at UK institutions

Agencies involved: The British Academy, 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


Heatley-Payne Exchange Program for Early-Career Scientists

The Heatley-Payne Exchange Program for Early-Career Scientists is an exchange program intended for post-doctoral researchers from the U.S. looking to switch places with a lead researcher from the Society for General Microbiology (SGM) or the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). The U.S. winner for this year will attend the SGM’s Annual Spring Meeting where he/she will have the opportunity to present his/her work during the appropriate scientific session. Candidates must have received their PhD within the last 5 years. Exchange program lasts up to 3 weeks.

Agencies involved: Society for General Microbiology (SGM) and American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Key Dates: Annual application deadline November 15 for the following year.