Applications for the The Royal Society University Research Fellowship for outstanding Early Career Scientists in the UK for the 2022/23 academic session are currently open.
This scheme is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. These long term fellowships provide the opportunity and freedom to build an independent research career in the UK or Republic of Ireland and pursue cutting-edge scientific research.
Changes in duration and funding have been introduced to increase the stability of funding available to URFs. It is also meant to support them to develop their research group and give them the opportunity to focus on their research aims with a reduced administrative workload.
The scheme offers you:
- the opportunity to build an independent research career
- freedom, time and long term flexible support to pursue high-quality and innovative lines of scientific research
- support to develop as a research leader by offering tailored, high-quality professional development, networking and engagement opportunities
- flexibility to accommodate personal circumstances such as caring responsibilities or health related needs
This scheme is highly flexible to accommodate part-time working, sabbaticals and secondments. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, adoptive or extended sick leave (PDF).
Worth of Award
The scheme provides:
- Research Fellow’s salary: 80% of the basic salary costs up to £41,675 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs
- Contribution to research expenses of £90,000 per annum
Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research and biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.
You can apply for this scheme if you:
- have between three to eight years of research experience since your PhD by the closing date of the round. Career breaks are taken into account.
- do not hold a permanent post (including proleptic or rolling contract of employment) in a university or not for profit research organization.
- do not hold, or have not previously held, an equivalent fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group.
How to Apply
You can make your applications online via the official website.
Deadline: Applications for The Royal Society University Research Fellowship are ongoing.