A short list of upcoming postdoctoral fellowship opportunities in 2021

Are you an early career researcher thinking about pursuing a career in academia? Then it is worth considering applying for a postdoctoral fellowship as your next career move. Fellowships enable you to take that next step towards independence and they are designed to help early career researchers transition to becoming a research group leader.

Applying for a fellowship takes a considerable amount of time, preparation and perseverance. However, if you are successful then it can give you a real competitive advantage when you come to apply for permanent academic positions. There are now a several different fellowships available for early career postdocs (and final year PhD students) and we have included a short list of five upcoming UK opportunities in the table below that might be of interest to researchers at this stage.

Funding organisation & fellowship typeEligibilityNext deadlineLink & more information
Leverhulme Trust Early Career FellowshipsAll postdocs25.02.21https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/early-career-fellowships
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral FellowshipsFinal year PhD & early career postdocs23.03.21https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/sir-henry-wellcome-postdoctoral-fellowships
Wellcome Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social ScienceAll postdocs16.06.21https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/research-fellowships-humanities-and-social-science
Royal Society University Research Fellowship3 – 8 years of postdoctoral experience07.09.21https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/university-research/
Dorothy Hodgkin FellowshipPostdocs (with up to a max six years of postdoc research experience since PhD)10.11.21https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin-fellowship/
* Due to the short time frame, January deadlines have been excluded from this table.

There are many more fellowships available and they all have different eligibility requirements and expectations of applicants. Therefore, the eligibility parameters for a particular fellowship scheme may mean that it is only open to researchers from within a specific career stage (e.g. within 3 years of your PhD), a certain subject area or to those who can meet certain international mobility requirements.

If you are interested in applying for a postdoctoral fellowship then we recommend that you explore the range of available fellowships and select the ones that are most relevant to you. For a more comprehensive list of fellowships, you may wish to explore Research Professional database, which contains a freely available list of opportunities.

Our upcoming Electv Training half day course, Attracting funding: writing & applying for postdoctoral fellowships, will be running on Friday 15th January and will focus on how to apply for a fellowship. The course is open to anyone to attend and will include further information on the application process, expectations of applicants, details from the instructor’s own experience of obtaining a fellowship and a more detailed list of upcoming fellowship opportunities and deadlines in 2021.

The course is run by Electv Training and will be delivered online. This is a popular course and it runs every three months, the next course will be in spring 2021. If you have any questions about the course then please email us at enquiries@electv.net