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Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship

Open to women undertaking an degree in STEM*. £1000 will be awarded for each year until completion of the studies.  The winners will be provided with mentor support as well as a placement at Jaguar Landrover.

*Eligible courses of study include undergraduate degrees in:

  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering & Technology

The closing date for applications is July 24 2015. Download the leaflet: Scholarship Flyer

Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships

Are designed to help return scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to their careers after a break of 2 or more years.  A Daphne Jackson Fellowship is a unique fellowship designed to return STEM professionals to their careers after a break. Fellows normally carry out their research part-time over 2 years, in a university or research establishment in the UK. The Fellowships are flexible and include a tailored training programme designed to update skills and knowledge and support you in your return to research.  Check out the pages at the weblink below to find out more about becoming a Daphne Jackson Fellow, or contact the Trust to speak to one of our Fellowship Advisors.

Download the leaflet: More about Daphne Jackson Fellowships

Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellowships

This scheme is for postdoctoral scientists who have recently decided to recommence a scientific research career after a continuous break of at least two years.  It gives such scientists the opportunity to return to high-quality research, with the potential to undertake refresher or further training.  The fellowship is particularly suitable for applicants wishing to return to research after a break for family commitments.

L’Oreal UK and Ireland Research Fellowships for Women in Science

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research.

Over 15 years ago, L’Oréal and UNESCO founded the For Women in Science programme to promote and highlight the critical importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science. Read more…

Medical Research Council Career Development Award

The MRC career development award provides up to five years’ support for outstanding post-doctoral researchers who wish to consolidate their research skills and make the transition from post-doctoral research trainee to independent investigator. Applicants are expected to take advantage of the full five years’ funding available. It includes an option of 12 months research training outside the UK, in UK industry, or at another UK research centre, to enable fellows to acquire new transferable techniques and skills. The scheme also provides a jointly funded postdoctoral award in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Anne McLaren Fellowships

The University of Nottingham Anne McLaren Fellowships are targeted at exceptional female scientists and engineers who are typically under-represented in these subjects and who seek to establish a research career in the UK. The Fellowships are offered in a range of academic units at the University of Nottingham and provide a recognised first step into an independent research career. The Fellowships, funded by the University of Nottingham’s Research Board, will normally commence in October 2014.

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

For excellent scientists and engineers who have a need for flexible support.  Application criterion for assessment is scientific merit. Currently closed for 2014.

Fellowships offer:

  • Possibility of holding appointments on a part-time basis or converting from full-time to part-time and back again to help match work and other commitments.
  • The possibility to claim back time spent deferring the fellowship and/or working part-time at the end of the fellowship
  • The possibility of claiming some funds for family support where these can be justified on scientific grounds, e.g. the cost of child care during a conference or collaborative visit abroad

Royal Society University Research Fellowships

To provide outstanding scientists, who have potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career.  Those appointment are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in Universities at the end of their Fellowships.  Subjects covered: natural sciences (including agriculture, mathematics, technology, engineering science, but excluding clinical medicine.  The scheme no longer supports biomedical research.

Newton International Fellowships

Highly competitive scheme to select the best early stage post-doctoral researchers, offering support for 2 years at UK research institutions with the aim of building a global pool of research leaders, and encouraging long-term international collaboration with the UK.


Follow the link for full information about the EPSRC’s new approach to Fellowships, including the principles of the framework and what has changed;  who can apply;  the detailed person specification; the Fellowship
location; thematic and priority areas and details of who to contact for further information.

NERC Independent Research Fellowships (IRF)

NERC has decided to streamline the provision of responsive mode Fellowships into a single scheme – the NERC Independent Research Fellowships (IRFs) – that will replace the previous schemes (Postdoctoral Fellowships and Advanced Fellowships). The new scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving all Fellows five years’ support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes, and to establish international recognition.  As part of this scheme, NERC will expand its fellowship networking and training activities, working with host institutions,
to support the development of future leaders in NERC science.

NERC IRF in Bioinformatics

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) invites applications for NERC Independent Research Fellowships in the priority area of Bioinformatics to deliver part of NERC Mathematics & Informatics for Environmental Omic Data Synthesis (Omics) research programme.  The aim of these fellowships is to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career scientists, by giving all Fellows five years’ support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes, and to establish international recognition.  Through this call NERC aims to support a minimum of six IRFs working in the area of environmental bioinformatics. This specialised opportunity will be open for two years with closing date of 1 October 2014 (to be confirmed).

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships

The David Phillips Fellowships are now closed, with the deadlines for 2014 to be confirmed.

BBSRC Food Standard Agency Early Career Research Fellowships

The joint Food Standard Agency Early Career Research Fellowships are now closed, with the deadlines for 2014 to be confirmed.

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas. Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to develop and deliver a personal programme to achieve their research aims.

Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

For outstanding postdoctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.   Research can range from the molecules and cells vital to life and their role in the global spread of disease, to clinical and public health research seeking to improve the quality of healthcare. It can be based in the laboratory, clinic or field, and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches. This Fellowship brings together the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust, two of the world’s most prestigious and influential scientific organisations, in their shared commitment to supporting the future leaders of biomedical research.  The scheme seeks to support individuals who would have previously applied for a ‘biomedical’ Royal Society University Research Fellowship or a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship hosted by a UK academic organisation.

Wellcome Trust-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Postdoctoral Fellowships

This scheme offers opportunities for postdoctoral scientists to undertake research at the interfaces between biology/medicine and mathematics, engineering, computer, physical or chemical sciences, firstly at MIT and then at a UK institution.  Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to propose a personal interdisciplinary training programme to achieve their research aims.  The aim is to support those who will train in a new research area that is complementary to, but distinct from, their current field of expertise, to enable an interdisciplinary approach to their research question – e.g. you might be a physicist wanting to work on a biology-based programme, or a biologist wanting to undertake a bio-engineering project.

The Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships

This scheme provides opportunities for biomedical researchers to travel between the UK and the Middle East. It offers applicants the chance to undertake short-term visits of either four weeks or three months, to further their research and learn new techniques, with the aim of establishing academic links and developing on-going collaborations.  Applications are sought from medical or non-medical graduates whose research falls within the broad scope of medical or bioscience research. The scheme is administered by the Academy of Medical Sciences on behalf of the Daniel Turnberg Memorial Fund. The Wellcome Trust, together with several other funders, provides funding to support the fellowships.

Medical Research Council

Jointly Funded Clinical Research Training Fellowships are available for additional clinical research training through collaborations with Royal Colleges and Charity funders under standard MRC terms and conditions with: Alzheimers’ Society, Asthma UK, Brain Tumour Charity, British Association of Dermatologists/British Skin Foundation, British Infection Association, British Lung Foundation, Chromic Granulomatous Disorder Society;  Cystic Fibrosis Trust; Fight for Sight; Kidney Research UK: MND Association Lady Edith Wolfson Fellowships; Multiple Sclerosis Society; The Novo Norkisk UK Research Foundation; Pancreatic Cancer UK;  Prostate Cancer UK; RCOG; RC Opthalmologists;  RC Radiologists; RCS Edinburgh;  Stroke Association; Target Ovarian Cancer; Welsh Assembly.

EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

The objective of the MSCA is to support the career development and training of researchers – with a focus on innovation skills – in all scientific disciplines through worldwide and cross-sector mobility. For this, the MSCA provide grants at all stages of researchers’ careers, from PhD candidates to highly experienced researchers, and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA will become the main EU programme for doctoral training, funding 25,000 PhDs.

Individual fellowships (IF): support for experienced researchers undertaking mobility between countries, optionally to the non-academic sector.  Individual Fellowships will support the mobility of researchers within and beyond Europe – as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the EU. The grant usually covers two years’ salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution. Individual researchers submit proposals for funding in liaison with their planned host organisation. Proposals are judged on their research quality, the researcher’s future career prospects, and the support offered by the host organisation. Fellows can also spend part of the fellowship elsewhere in Europe if this would boost impact, and those restarting their career in Europe benefit from special eligibility conditions.

International and inter-sectoral cooperation through the Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE).   RISE will support short-term mobility of research and innovation staff at all career levels, from the most junior (post-graduate) to the most senior (management), including also administrative and technical staff. It will be open to partnerships of universities, research institutions, and non-academic organisations both within and beyond Europe. In worldwide partnerships, academia-to-academia exchanges will be permitted.