Prospective research fellowships

Fellowship applicants interested in joining us should contact our Director of Research, Professor Craig Williams in the first instance to discuss their enquiry.

We also welcome enquiries from existing fellowship holders interested in transferring to SHS. During any initial enquiries, it is always useful to provide a full academic CV.

Fellowship support is offered at various stages


• Guidance on scheme suitability and proposal writing from our many successful fellows and research support staff.
• Evaluation of draft proposals.
• Support with interview preparation.

For fellows

• Mentoring with a senior colleague.
• Peer support through our Early Career Researcher network.
• Opportunities to gain teaching experience and to supervise and UG and PGR project students.
• Personal development and training plans
• Guidance on grant proposal development from experienced colleagues and research support staff.

Career progression

• Defined criteria for progression to permanent positions.
• Prospects for proleptic appointment.

Fellowship schemes

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 SHS and we are willing to provide support.

FunderSchemeFunding requirementsDurationDeadline
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) David Phillips Fellowships Minimum three years postdoc research experience Five years Annual call, currently open until 9 May 2018
Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme Max 5 years of postdoctoral research Three years Annual call, currently open until 9 May 2018
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) The EPSRC Fellowship is available across different themes. Healthcare technologies, Living with Environmental change, Digital Economy,  Energy, Manufacturing the future PhD completed by start date Not specified No application deadline
New Investigators Grant Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university. They must not be more than four years post submission of doctorate Not specified No application deadline
European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant  For candidates 2-7* years post PhD, up to €1.5m, minimum 50% time commitment. 

*Extension reasons can be maternity/paternity leave, long term illness or military service.
Five years Annual call, opens August with a deadline of mid October
Consolidator Grant For candidates 7-12* years post PhD, up to €2m, minimum 40% time commitment Five years Annual call, opens October with a deadline of mid February
Advanced Grant For candidates with an exceptional 10 year track record at the top of their field, up to €2.5m, minimum 30% time commitment Five years Annual call, opens May with a deadline of end of August
Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) New Investigators Grant  2-year fellowships to support post-doctoral (up to 2 years 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 Maximum of three years  Open call (internal deadlines apply) 
Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical, Non Clinical and Skills Development fellowships with schemes across different health-related fields More information can be found in the applicant handbook Variable Variable depending on scheme
Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships For researchers with a PhD or 4 years research experience who wish to develop their skills through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.  European and Global fellowships are possible.  Mobility is a key criteria.  Candidates wanting to come to Exeter to undertake a European Fellowship can be of any nationality, currently based anywhere in the world – as long as they have not lived, worked or studied in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years prior to the deadline (except candidates applying to the Reintegration or Career Restart panels, where the rule is no more than three years in the previous five) One to three years depending on the fellowship type chosen Annual call, opens April with a deadline mid September (for the 2018 call the deadline is 12 September 2018
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships  Not in a permanent academic post. Have a doctorate but for less than five years Three years Internal sifting takes place for this call due to funding
L'Oreal - UNESCO UK and Ireland L'Oreal UK and Ireland Women in science fellowship Fellowships for women in science with less than 10 years postdoc experience 12 months Closed
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowship Completion of first degree, must not have registered for or completed a PhD One year Annual call, first call Launching February 2019, starting September 2019
NIHR Doctoral Fellowship Completion of first degree, applicant to wish to apply for and complete PhD Three years Bi-annual call, first call Launching October 2018, first starting September 2019
NIHR Advanced Fellowship Must be hosted by Higher Education Institute, PhD must be awarded by the time Interview is attended Two to five years Bi-annual call, first call Launching October 2018, first starting September 2019
NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Fellowship Must be current member of the NIHR Academy One year Open call, first call Launching May 2019, first starting December 2019
The Royal Society University Research Fellowships Scientists with three to eight years postdoc experience and leadership potential Five to eight years Closed- Expected to re-open summer 2018
Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships Scientists at an early stage in their career who require flexible working

Female candidates are particularly invited to apply
Up to five years  Closed- usually annual
Newton International Fellowships

No more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience

Two years 23 March 2018
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship

Scientists who have received their PhD in the last six years who wish to conduct research in Japan

One to two years  13 March 2018
The Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

Scientists with a maximum seven years postdoc experience who wish to build a UK-based biomedical research career

Five to eight years   Three grant rounds per year - 18 April 2018, usually Aug, and Nov
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships Recently qualified postdoctoral researchers Four years  Two closing dates per year - 18 April 2018 and usually September


NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowship