Faculty of Biological Sciences

Independent Research Fellowships

 

We are peopled by high quality staff and are interested to hear from researchers wishing to hold an Independent Research Fellowship in the Faculty.

 

The Faculty of Biological Sciences represents one of the largest groupings of biological scientists in the UK, with an internationally renowned track record in research. Our position amongst the UK elite for bioscience research was confirmed in the results of the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) where we were ranked as 6th in the country for research impact. This provides a strong platform upon which to continue its growth. The Faculty is a major area of strength within the University and enjoys very close working relationships with the Faculties of Medicine and Health, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Earth and Environment, and Engineering. The size of the Faculty and the University of Leeds is an opportunity to bring people together into interdisciplinary research groupings. Significant recent investments in our infrastructure contribute to the dynamic and vibrant research environment that offers excellent opportunities for leading edge research.

As part of our academic strategy, we are committed to fostering a dynamic research-led environment, peopled by high quality staff and we are particularly interested to hear from researchers wishing to hold an Independent Research Fellowship in the Faculty.

Applicants will join an ambitious research environment with a world class infrastructure and research facilities in all major areas of Biological Sciences. Applicants are particularly encouraged in areas which would enhance the Faculty's cross-disciplinary and collaborative research programmes.

What we can offer

  • Advice on preparing your application – from experienced, senior staff including; suitable funding sources; effective CV content; the application process; costing the grant and core research facilities;  peer review and mock interviews.
  • Lab and office space - New independent fellows are given suitable lab and office space.
  • Support - access to PhD studentships and support staff to support your career development.
  • Mentoring and guidance – senior academic as mentor from day one they provide one-to-one advice and guidance on grant writing and peer review to ensure the best opportunity for success, and act as an independent advisor to your career progression. You will also become a full member of a Faculty research group, providing you with access to wider support and guidance.
  • New investigator network – as a Fellow in the Faculty you will join the large network of new investigators who meet on a regular basis to share their experience and discuss best practice.
  • Career development – access to a suite of University training schemes and the opportunity to develop your teaching skills.
  • Facilities – in-house cutting-edge facilities and equipment to support world-class research.
  • Start up fund – negotiable fund for use to kick start your research programme.

A large proportion of our staff hold, or have held, fellowships and the Faculty has historically had an excellent track record in recruiting independent fellows as permanent members of staff at the end of their fellowships. The career-developing environment at Leeds will be highly beneficial to your career whether a position becomes available at the end of your fellowship at Leeds or elsewhere.

Next step

To discuss a potential Fellowship application, please contact Professor Adrian Whitehouse.

Prospective fellows should then send a brief curriculum vitae and one page summary of their research interests to Nicola Turner.

Potential Fellowships Schemes

 

Funder

Scheme

Notes

Deadline

BBSRC

David Phillips Fellowships

5 year fellowships for applicants 3-10 years post PhD. Open to any area of science within BBSRC’s remit but proposals aligned to strategic priorities are particularly encouraged.

Annually - 11 May in 2017

Future Research Leaders

3 year fellowships for applicants up to 5 years post PhD. To support the transition from early career to fully independent research leader. Open to any area of science within BBSRC’s remit but proposals aligned to strategic priorities are particularly encouraged.

Annually -  11 May in 2017

Enterprise fellowships This award is designed to encourage the development of a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, around a technological idea developed by the Fellow (either individually or with others) and within which the Fellow would be expected to play a leading role. This award is of particular relevance to individuals who have previously received BBSRC Follow-on funding (although not exclusively). 26th April 2017
New Investigator Scheme Assists early-career researchers – newly employed university lecturers, lecturer level equivalent fellows whose awards were secured in open competition, and researchers in Research Council Institutes at the unified Research Council Band E or its equivalent – to secure their first major element of research funding. 27th April 2017

Biochemical Society

Daphne Jackson Fellowships

Usually 2 year fellowships carried out part-time. Designed for STEM professionals to return to their career after a break of 2 or more years. Applicants must have had at least 3 years research experience and/or a PhD.

Apply any time

Cancer Research UK
Career Development Fellowship This Fellowship supports outstanding scientists at the start of their independent careers. Fellows will have shown special promise in their initial postdoctoral studies, but may not yet have sufficient experience or the track record to obtain a more senior fellowship. The Fellowship provides the opportunity to set up, for the first time, an independent research group in a cancer-relevant research field. Applicants for this scheme should normally have between three and eight years' postdoctoral research experience since the date of their PhD viva. 21st August 2017
Career Establishment Award This Award supports the best new non-clinical and clinical investigators to develop their independent career in cancer research. Successful applicants will have shown scientific excellence and originality in their career to date, but will not have had the core support to establish their own research group in a cancer-relevant field. The Award provides five years of funding to investigators who are in their first Higher Education Funding Council-funded post at a UK university. 21st August 2017
Senior Cancer Research Fellowship This Fellowship supports exceptional non-clinical and clinical scientists to establish or further develop an independent research group. Fellows will have shown scientific impact and innovation in their career so far, and may already be leading a research group. The Fellowship provides an opportunity to build on this early promise and establish a reputation as a world-leader in a cancer-relevant research field. Applicants for this scheme should normally have between six and twelve years' postdoctoral research experience since the date of their PhD viva, and should not have been running a research group for more than six years. 21st August 2017
EPSRC
EPSRC Fellowships A single scheme for all career stages (postdoctoral, early career and established career), providing support to world-leading individuals who are delivering the highest quality research to meet UK and global priorities. Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience, however, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience or whether you hold (or do not hold) a permanent academic position. Apply any time

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

Closing date tba Autumn 2017

Independent Research Fellowship in Bioinformatics

As for the above Independent Research Fellowships but specifically in the priority area of Bioinformatics.

Closing date tba Autumn 2017

NERC & RSE Enterprise Fellowship NERC has agreed to support up to five new Enterprise Fellowships to boost the development of new businesses from investments in environmental research.The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship scheme provides support to researchers and innovators who have promising business ideas. The programme allows fellows to focus solely on developing their business idea. They receive one year's salary, expert business training, business development funding and access to mentors from a pool of successful individuals in the commercial community.  

Knowledge Exchange Fellowships

1-3 year part-time fellowships, 20-80%, to focus on accelerating and amplifying economic impact from NERC research. Applicants can be at any career stage from user or academic background.

27 April 2017

The Leverhulme Trust

Early Career Fellowships

3 year fellowships providing 50% match-funding for applicants within 5 years of their PhD. Open to all subject areas except research that is of direct relevance to studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.

Annually - generally with a March closing date

Research Leadership Award HFSP fellowships support top postdoctoral researchers that propose innovative, ground-breaking projects that have the potential to advance the knowledge in their field of study and open a new approach to the research problem. Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are reserved for applicants with a PhD in a biological discipline to embark on a new project in a different field of the life sciences. Preference is given to applicants who propose an original study in biology that marks a departure from their previous PhD or postdoctoral work so as to learn new methods or change study system. Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are open to applicants with a PhD from outside the life sciences e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences who have had limited exposure to biology during their previous training. Applicants for the CDF should propose a significant departure from their past research by changing e.g. from material science or physics to cell biology, from chemistry to molecular biology, or from computer science to neuroscience. Next round will open in Spring 2019
Research Fellowship Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience and academic background sufficient to confirm their ability to complete the proposed programme of research. TBC
Emeritus Fellowship Emeritus Fellowships assist senior established researchers to complete a research project and to prepare the results for publication. Applicants should hold or have held a teaching and/or research post at a university or comparable institution in the UK at the point of retirement. They should have retired by the time of taking up the Fellowship and no longer have a normal contract of employment. TBC

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering

Up to 3 year fellowships for early career researchers with no more than 3 years’ postdoc experience.

Apply any time

MRC
New Investigator Research Grant The New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG) is aimed at researchers who are capable of becoming principal investigators and who are now ready to take the next step towards that goal. The scheme can provide talented early-career scientists with a route into a permanent lectureship position. Applicants should either be at the start of their first lecturer appointment (they must be aiming for a research board deadline which falls within the first three years of taking up the post) and have a minimum of three years post qualification research experience or be in a senior post-doctoral (non-lecturer) position and have between three and ten years post qualification research experience. If you do not hold a permanent lecturer post, your research organisation will be required to provide written confirmation that it would seriously consider you for a permanent position during the lifetime of the award. You may only apply for funding for research that you will be carrying out at the institution where you are already based. See webpage
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. Applicants are normally expected to hold a PhD, but there are no eligibility rules based on years of Postdoctoral experience. These awards are not available to individuals who hold a tenured academic position at the time of application. 27 April 2017
Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship Applicants will normally hold a PhD/DPhil and have at least six years' post-doctoral research experience in academia or the wider economy at the time of application closing date. MRC fellowships are not available to individuals who hold a tenured academic or research position, in the UK or overseas, at the time of application. 27 April 2017

The Royal Society

University Research Fellowships

5 year fellowships for applicants who are 3-8 years post PhD. Opportunity to apply for an extension of 3 additional years. Open to all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine and any researcher addressing a direct biomedical research question.

TBC

Research Professorship This scheme is for world-class scientists who would benefit from a period of long-term support to allow them to focus on research and collaboration based at an institution in the UK. TBC

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Up to 5 year fellowships for applicants who require a flexible working pattern and have up to 6 years post PhD research experience. Open to all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine

Now closed. Dates for 2017 round tbc

The Royal Society/ Newton Fund

Newton International Fellowships

Up to 2 year fellowships for non-UK early-career scientists with up to 7 years post-PhD experience who wish to carry out research in the UK. The scheme covers a broad range of the natural, physical, and social sciences, and the humanities. It also covers clinical and patient orientated research for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries except Turkey.

Dates for 2017 scheme to be confirmed.

The Royal Society/Leverhulme Trust
Senior Research Fellowship This scheme is for scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties. The applicant must hold a permanent post at a UK university and be at a stage in their career when they would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research. TBC
Lister Institute
Research Prize Fellowship Awards which seek to support and nurture future leaders of biomedical research by providing £200,000 which may be used in any appropriate way to support the holder’s research, other than the provision or augmentation of personal salary, over a period of up to five years. Applicants must have at least three years but less than ten year’s postdoctoral experience. They must be employed by a UK university and have guaranteed funding for the first three years of the award. TBC

The Royal Society/ The Wellcome Trust

Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

5 year fellowships for applicants up to 7 years post PhD wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.

5 April 2017 - deadline for preliminary application

European Molecular Biology Organization
Long-Term Fellowships 2 year fellowships for post-doctoral research
Advanced Fellowships Additional two years of funding for EMBO Long-Term Fellows who can demonstrate exceptional progress during their current postdoctoral work
Society in Science
Branco Weiss Fellowship This research fellowship is designed to support postdoctoral researchers after their PhD and before their first faculty appointment. Those in current postdoctoral positions are also eligible. Ideally, fellows pursue unconventional projects in new areas of science, engineering and social sciences. Applicants must be within five years of being awarded their PhD. TBC
Human Frontier Science Program
Postdoctoral Fellowship HFSP fellowships support top postdoctoral researchers that propose innovative, ground-breaking projects that have the potential to advance the knowledge in their field of study and open a new approach to the research problem. Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are reserved for applicants with a PhD in a biological discipline to embark on a new project in a different field of the life sciences. Preference is given to applicants who propose an original study in biology that marks a departure from their previous PhD or postdoctoral work so as to learn new methods or change study system. Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are open to applicants with a PhD from outside the life sciences e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences who have had limited exposure to biology during their previous training. Applicants for the CDF should propose a significant departure from their past research by changing e.g. from material science or physics to cell biology, from chemistry to molecular biology, or from computer science to neuroscience. August 2017
L'Oreal
UNESCO Women in Science International Fellowships support promising young women researchers in the life sciences at doctoral or postdoctoral level. Candidates must be female and no more than 35 years old. Preference will be given to candidates already possessing a PhD degree (or equivalent) in the field of life sciences at the time of application. However, applications from doctoral students will be considered. TBC

The Wellcome Trust

Career Re-entry Fellowships

2-4 year fellowships that give postdoctoral scientists the opportunity to return to high-quality research after a career break of at least 2 years. Applicants should have at least 2 years’ postdoctoral experience.

4 May 2017 - deadline for preliminary applications

Principal Research Fellowships This award provides long-term support for researchers of international standing. Successful candidates will have an established track record in research at the highest level. This award is particularly suitable for exceptional senior research scientists currently based overseas who wish to work in the UK. If you hold an established post you may not apply for a Principal Research Fellowship (PRF) to be held at your current employing institution. Submit an expression of interest at any time
Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science This scheme provides support for outstanding postdoctoral scientists based in academic institutions in the UK. Candidates are expected to have an excellent track record in their scientific field and be able to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research. 27 July 2017

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

4 year fellowships for the most promising newly-qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers in the biomedical sciences. Applicants must be in the final year of their PhD or be no more than 2 years post PhD.

4 May 2017 - deadline for preliminary applications

ERC
ERC Starting Grants Researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (plus 18 months for each child), a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal Currently no open calls
Researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD (plus 18 months for each child), a scientific track record showing scientific talent and an excellent research proposal. Currently no openal calls
ERC Advanced Grants ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains. The ERC Advanced Grant funding targets researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right. Currently no open calls

European Commission (Marie-Skolodowska-Curie Actions)

European Fellowships Held in the EU or associated countries, open to researchers either coming from Europe or moving within Europe, can help to start research careers after a break such as parental leave, can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe. See website
Individual Fellowships Supports the mobility of post-doctoral 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. Researchers receive support on the condition that they move from one country to another to broaden or deepen their competences. See website
Global Fellowships Fund secondments outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries. There is a mandatory one-year return period See website