This Fellowship provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. 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.

Am I eligible to apply?

You can apply for this scheme if you:

  • Have a PhD (note we will not consider applicants who have just submitted their PhD)
  • Are in the early stages of your research career and have between 3 to 8 years of research experience since your PhD by the closing date of the round (note career breaks are taken into account)
  • Do not hold a permanent post in a university or not for profit research organisation
  • Do not hold or previously have held a fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status

What is the scheme’s value and tenure?

The scheme provides:

  • 80% of the basic salary costs up to £40,030.34 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs. (Under the full economic costing model, 80% of these costs will be met by the Royal Society).
  • Research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter).

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