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Independent fellowship opportunities

The School of Chemistry seeks to support fellowship applications from outstanding individuals who are at a career stage where a prestigious independent fellowship will offer the opportunity to develop an independent research profile and become a research leader of the future. 

The School offers a supportive and collaborative environment on which to build an independent career. The School has a strong tradition of nurturing and promoting independent research fellows, and many key members of current staff have come through this route.

To express an interest in any of the schemes listed below, contact both Professor Russell Morris (Head of School, and Professor Andrew Smith (Director of Research, and include a CV and a separate outline of your proposed research interests and area (two pages).

When assessing your expression of interest for support, the School considers:

  • your track record
  • the research that you propose to carry out and where that fits within the School strategy
  • your career stage, experience and why you would benefit from this fellowship at this stage in your career.

As part of its policy, the School actively promotes the fair treatment of all staff and students irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, age, race, belief, disability, pregnancy and maternity or relationship status. The School of Chemistry holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award and encourages expressions of interest from highly motivated candidates of any self-identifying group.

Fellowship schemes

The School is looking to support exceptional candidates in the following schemes:

  • Royal Society University Research Fellowships – expression of interest deadline is 12 June 2020 (submission deadline expected early September 2020)
  • Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships – expression of interest deadline is 15 December 2020. Expected internal University application deadline is January 2021.
  • UKRI (EPSRC) Early Career Fellowships – expression of interest is accepted at any time throughout the year, but fellowship applications are prioritised (after peer review) twice a year: in January or February and in July.
  • Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships – offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health-related reasons.