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Fellowships

This is a list of the most common fellowships that graduate students and PDRAs apply to in our Department.

If you are interested in applying please contact at least one month before the deadline as these applications need to be processed through the University. For fellowships with deadline in September please contact us at least two months in advance.

If you are currently at the University of Cambridge and have ID here, you will be able to search for fellowships and grants on the database Research Professional where we also have a dedicated page for our Department.

Several Colleges in Cambridge offer Junior Research Fellowships. The deadlines for these are usually in the first academic term (Michaelmas) and they are advertised on the Colleges websites.

H2020- Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships – deadline usually mid-September

These fellowships are for researchers that are currently outside the UK or have not been in the UK for at least a number of months (please check guidelines). Open to any nationality. Fellowships last for up to two years.

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Royal Society University Research Fellowship – deadline usually early September

This fellowship supports outstanding scientists in the UK who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders. Applicants must have three to eight years of research experience since their PhD by the application closing date. Funding is provided for five years and includes salary and research expenses.

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NERC - Independent Research Fellowship – deadline usually early October

This scheme is designed for early-career environmental scientists, and gives five years' support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition.

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Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship – deadline usually in November

This scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists who have a current need for flexible support. Depending on their level of experience, successful applicants may be strong candidates for permanent posts in institutions at the end of their fellowships. Applicants must have no more than 6 years of research experience after PhD.

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Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships - deadline usually in December

For researchers from other Commonwealth countries to spend one or two years at an eligible UK university or higher education institution conducting postdoctoral research.

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Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - Geophysics and Biophysics – deadline usually end of December

Two or three year fellowship in the fields of Geophysics and Biophysics to be held in Cambridge. For people with no more than 3 years since PhD excluding Cambridge and Harvard postgraduates. Is advertised on the University of Cambridge Jobs website in the “Research” section:

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Oppenheimer Research Fellowship – deadline usually early January

Three year fellowship to be held at Cambridge University in Colloid Science as broadly interpreted within the fields of biology, surface chemistry, materials science and nanotechnology. For people with no more than 3 years since PhD.Is advertised on the University of Cambridge Jobs website in the “Research” section:

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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship - deadlines in mid-January (for INT match fund) and early March (to Leverhulme)

Three-year fellowships for people who either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the fellowship or at the time of the application deadline must hold an academic position in the UK. Applicants should be no more than 4 years from the award of PhD. The Leverhulme funds 50% of the fellowship, the other funds should be sought with an application to the Isaac Newton Trust and this application must be with the Department by early January.

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L’Oréal UK and Ireland fellowships for women in science - deadline usually in January

Open to women of any country but must be residing in the UK or Ireland at the time of application. Applicants must have no more than 10 years of active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience. Award around £15k.

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 - Research Fellowships - deadline usually in February

Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering to give scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity for early independence with the objective of contributing to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative national culture.  Three-years fellowships open to all nationalities for people less than 3 years since PhD.

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The Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship Programme – deadline usually in February

For Cambridge postdocs to first develop leadership and teamwork skills through training and then be given the opportunity to bid for a period of independent time to pursue their own work. Please note that biomedicine is defined broadly in this programme and it could be environmental research related to health.

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Royal Society/British Academy - Newton International Fellowships - deadline usually in March

For post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years. PDRA must have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application.

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Stanley Elmore Fellowship Fund - deadline usually in April

Fellowships are tenable at a UK university for research into all branches of extractive metallurgy and mineral processing and, in special cases, for expenditure related to such research. Award up to £14k for one year.

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