Royal Society: University Research Fellowship 2014

main-bannerNext month, The Royal Society’s University Research Fellowship call for 2014 awards will open. These awards are extremely prestigious and offer 5 years of independent funding, with an option to apply for an extension to 8 years.

Approximately 35 fellowships are available each year and in the last round, the Department was successful in securing 2 awards.

If you are interested in applying please first check that you meet the eligibility criteria and then email me with your expression of interest:

Eligibility requirements

The applicant must:

  • have a PhD (note we will not consider applicants who have just submitted their PhD)
  • be in the early stages of their research career (between 3 to 8 years of research experience since their PhD) by the closing date of the round
  • not hold a permanent post in a university or not-for-profit organization in the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • be a citizen of the EEA or a be a Swiss citizen (or have a relevant connection to the EEA or Switzerland)

The deadline for this call is in September so if you are eligible and interested, it is wise to start planning now!

I hope to hear from you.

Current Royal Society Calls


Brian Mercer Award for Innovation (closes 25 March 2013)
For scientists who wish to develop an already proven concept or prototype into a near-market product, ready for commercial exploitation.
Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative (closes 4 April 2013)
For scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between
sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK.
Industry Fellowship (closes 5 April 2013)
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.
Newton International Fellowship (closes 10 April 2013)
For non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and
wish to conduct research in the UK.
Brian Mercer Feasibility Award (rolling round)
For scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research.

Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme

The Royal Society invites applications for its international exchanges scheme. This offers a flexible platform for UK-based scientists to interact with the best scientists around the world. Funds contribute towards travel, subsistence and research expenses, and can be requested for either a one-off short visit in order to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute for the duration of the project. Collaborations should be based on a single project involving the UK-based scientist and the overseas-based scientist. Collaborations with any country outside the UK are eligible for this scheme.

Applicants may request:

  • up to £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to three months;
  • up to £6,000 for multiple visits to be completed within one year, including a maximum of £1,000 for research expenses;
  • up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within two years, including a maximum of £2,000 for research expenses.

Deadline: 20 Feb 13

Royal Society Leverhulme Trust: Senior Research Fellowship

The Royal Society, along with the Leverhulme Trust are inviting scientists to apply for their Senior Research Fellowship.

This scheme is for scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties. Funding reimburses the employing institution with the full salary cost of a teaching replacement. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Visit the call website for full terms and conditions, and information on how to apply.


Intent to Submit: Contact Kelly/Sharon, no later than 4th December
: No strict departmental deadline due to Christmas break
Internal: 3 January 2013
Official: 9 January 2013

Eligibility requirements

The applicant must:

  • have a PhD or equivalent
  • hold a permanent post at a UK university or not-for-profit institution
  • be at a stage in their career when they would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research
  • There is no minimum requirement on years since PhD, and strong applications are welcomed from all academics who would are in need of a break from their admin & teaching duties

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

Value and tenure

The award lasts between one term and one academic year.

The applicant’s employing institution will be reimbursed for the full salary cost of a teaching replacement (up to the equivalent of the minimum point on the lectureship scale as paid by the host university).

Research expenses up to a maximum of £2,500 are available to each fellow to cover the costs of consumables, equipment, travel and communicating science.