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 type||Eligibility||Next deadline||Link & more information|
|Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships||All postdocs||25.02.21||https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/early-career-fellowships|
|Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships||Final year PhD & early career postdocs||23.03.21||https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/sir-henry-wellcome-postdoctoral-fellowships|
|Wellcome Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science||All postdocs||16.06.21||https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/research-fellowships-humanities-and-social-science|
|Royal Society University Research Fellowship||3 – 8 years of postdoctoral experience||07.09.21||https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/university-research/|
|Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship||Postdocs (with up to a max six years of postdoc research experience since PhD)||10.11.21||https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin-fellowship/|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org