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Research fellowship opportunities

Fellowship applicants interested in joining us should contact the member of academic staff closest to their research area, or our Research Development team in the first instance to discuss their proposed project:

We have a strong track record of hosting fellowships funded by both UK and international schemes, e.g. UKRI Future Leaders Fellows, NERC Independent Research Fellows, BBSRC Fellows, Royal Society University Research Fellows, Marie Curie Fellows, European Research Council and Wellcome schemes.

We also welcome enquiries from existing fellowship holders interested in transferring to the University of Exeter.

Opportunities and funding

Find out more about support and funding available for research fellows:

Download a file containing summary information of a range of possible fellowship schemes and further information on our internal processes for applicants: 

Fellowship support is offered at all stages:


  • Advice on scheme suitability and proposal writing from our experienced academics, network of successful fellows and research development staff.
  • Peer review of draft proposals.
  • Support with costing and submission of applications via funder portals.
  • Assistance with interview preparation.

For existing fellows:

  • 1:1 mentoring from experienced colleagues.
  • Peer support and integration within our Independent Research Fellows 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 experienced colleagues and research support staff.


Please contact our Research Development teams in the first instance if you have any questions: