Independent fellowships at the Centre
The Centre for Ecology and Conservation (CEC) hosts the highest concentration of organismal biologists in the UK – with particular research strengths in ecology, evolution, behaviour, and conservation. This expanding, dynamic and supportive research environment is an ideal location for independent research fellows and the Centre has a strong track-record of hosting fellowships funded though UK, European, and international schemes (including NERC, BBSRC, Royal Society, ERC, Leverhulme Trust, Marie Curie, NSF and others). Many of our previous fellows have gone on to become permanent members of academic staff at the Centre.
Fellowship applicants interested in joining us should contact our Director of Research, Professor Nina Wedell (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance to discuss their proposed project. We also welcome enquiries from existing fellowship holders interested in transferring to the CEC. It is always useful to include a full academic CV.
Fellowship support is offered at all stages
- Advice on scheme suitability and proposal writing from our many successful fellows and research support staff.
- Review of draft proposals.
- Assistance with interview preparation.
- 1:1 mentoring from senior colleagues.
- Peer support from our Early Career Researcher network.
- Opportunities (but no obligation) to gain teaching experience and to supervise BSc, MSc, MRes, and PhD project students.
- Training and personal development.
- Support for grant proposal development from senior colleagues and research support staff.
- Clear criteria for progression to permanent positions.
- Opportunities for proleptic appointments.
The following table lists the main UK and EU fellowship schemes. Some other countries have their own fellowship schemes that would provide support for those seeking to work at CEC, e.g. the NSF in the USA; we are also very willing to provide support for these candidates.
|BBSRC||David Phillips Fellowships||5-year fellowships for applicants 3-10 years post-PhD, applications in any area of BBSRC’s remit but proposals aligned strategic priorities particularly welcome.||Usually November annually|
|Future Research Leaders||3-year awards for early career researchers (up to 5 years post-PhD) in any area of BBSRC’s remit but proposals aligned to strategic priorities particularly welcome.||TBC - annually|
|Translational Fellowships||Awards of up to 5 years for early career researchers (3-12 years post-PhD) from academia or industry who wish to focus on translation of fundamental bioscience research.||Usually November annually|
|Daphne Jackson Trust||Daphne Jackson Fellowships||Fellowships are usually held half-time for 2 years. The scheme aims to return those with a STEM background to their careers following a career break of 2+ years (must have had 3+ years in research prior to break).||Apply any time|
|European Molecular Biology Organization||EMBO Long-term Fellowships||2-year fellowships to support post-doctoral (up to 2 ears post-PhD) research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. Fellowships must involve movement between countries. The receiving institute or the applicant's nationality must be from one of the EMBC Member States.||15th August 2015|
|ESRC||Future Research Leaders scheme||3-year fellowships for early career researchers (maximum 4 years post-PhD) of any nationality.||Annual call|
|EU Horizon 2020||Marie Sklodowska-Curie individual fellowships: European fellowship (IF-EF)||1-2-year fellowships for researchers undertaking mobility between/to EU countries, optionally to the non-academic sector, with a PhD or at least 4 years’ research experience. Candidates must not have lived, worked or studied in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the deadline.||September 2015|
|L'Oreal - UNESCO UK and Ireland||L'Oreal UK and Ireland Women in science fellowship||1-year awards of £15k for outstanding women in science with less than 10 years postdoctoral experience.||Usually March annually|
|NERC||Independent Research Fellowships||5-year fellowships for early career researchers (up to 8 years full-time (or equivalent) post-PhD) of any nationality in any area of NERC’s remit||Early October annually|
|Knowledge Exchange Fellowships||1-3 year fellowships held at 20-80% to focus on accelerating and amplifying impact from NERC research. Applicants can be at any career stage from user or academic background.||Annual call around April|
|The Leverhulme Trust||Early Career Fellowships||3-year fellowships providing 50% match-funding for early career researchers (<5 years post-PhD) in any area except clinically-relevant.||Usually March every year|
|Research Fellowships||3-24 month fellowships offering up to £50k for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline.||Usually November each year|
|The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851||Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering||Up to 3-year fellowships for early-career researchers (up to 3 years post-PhD) of any nationality.||Usually February each year|
|The Royal Society||University Research Fellowships||5-8 year fellowships for outstanding early career scientists with 3-8 years postdoctoral experience.||Usually September each year|
|Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships||Up to 5-year fellowships for outstanding early career scientists who require a flexible working pattern.||Usually November each year|
|Education Research Fellowships||
2-year fellowships for academics researching mathematics or physics education who have held at least one short-term postdoc post.
|Industry Fellowships||Up to 2-year (or 4-year part-time) fellowships 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.||26th March 2015|
|The Royal Society/ Newton Fund||Newton International Fellowships||
Up to 2-year fellowships for non-UK early-career scientists (up to 7 years post-PhD) who wish to carry out research in the UK.
|Newton Advanced Fellowships||
Up to 3 year awards to enable established international researchers from particular countries up to 15 years post-PhD to develop the strengths and capabilities of their research group through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK.
|18th March 2015|
|The Royal Society/ The Wellcome Trust||Sir Henry Dale Fellowships||
5-year fellowships for outstanding post- scientists with a maximum 7 years’ postdoc experience.wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.
|Three deadlines a year, next 17th April 2015|
|The Wellcome Trust||Career Re-entry Fellowships||2-4 year fellowships that give post-doctoral scientists the opportunity to return to high-quality research after a career break.||15th May 2015 for preliminary applications|
|Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships||4-year fellowships for the most promising newly-qualified (up to 2 years post-PhD) postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers in the biomedical sciences. Open to individuals with a relevant connection to the European Economic Area.||15th May 2015 for preliminary applications|
|Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science||5-year awards for the most outstanding postdoctoral biomedical scientists with 7-12 years’ experience post-PhD. Applicants must be UK/ EEA nationals or non-EEA nationals who have a relevant degree from a UK university or have worked in the UK for at least 3-years continuously.||8th May 2015|