Multiple Imperial College Early Career Fellowships

Early Career Fellowships are designed to support individuals and their projects at a host institution. In general, fellowships aim to facilitate research independence. Some promote international mobility, some help people train or transition into a new area, and some support people returning to work after a career break or working part-time.

This web page is designed to help you:

  • identify appropriate funding opportunities
  • find a fellowship that help you to transition into, or train in, a new field
  • organise yourself so you don’t miss deadlines or windows of opportunity to apply.

The tables below list early career fellowships under several categories with links to the funders’ web pages, deadlines and details about who is eligible to apply.
Once you have decided to apply for a fellowship, the PFDC’s ‘Preparing Successful Fellowship Applications’ workshop, Funders showcasesone-to-one support and mock interviews provide further support.

Using the tables

  • If you are calculating your eligibility and have had career breaks or have worked part-time at any point, remember to include this in your calculation.
  • You might be subject to additional criteria (such as nationality restrictions). Always check the funders’ websites for further details.
  • If interview dates are not listed, this means that the funder does not advertise this information.
  • This list is not comprehensive but includes many UK and central EU fellowship funding sources. Ask colleagues in your department if they know of additional funding sources in your field. International colleagues might know of fellowships available in other countries.
  • In addition to this resource, you can use Research Professional, a website where you can search for international funding opportunities and sign up for tailored email bulletins. University College Union also has some advice on applying for funding in general.

Download the PDF version of the categories below.

Early Career Fellowships Categories

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1. Engineering

Fellowship Eligibility Deadline Interview
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Choose Postdoctoral, Early Career or Established Career as appropriate Ongoing – panel meets to discuss reviewed applications in Jan/Feb/Apr/June/July/Oct and Nov. 4 month review process
European Space Industry (ESA) External Postdoctoral Preference for less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience. Member of cooperating state Ongoing. Check website. Within 4-6 weeks of deadline.
Royal Academy of Engineering Applicants must have been awarded their PhD no more than three years prior to the submission deadline September
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowships No more than 3 years postdoc experience February Decision by June
Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) 3-8 years of postdoc experience September Mid April
Schlumberger Foundation Preparing for postdoc, female, from developing country September

2. Medicine Clinical

Fellowship Eligibility Deadline Interview
Alzheimers Research UK Clinical Research Fellowship Clinical specialists September/January
British Heart Foundation (BHF) Intermediate Clinical Research PhD/MD plus NTN & More than 2 years specialist training but less than 2 years after CCT Rolling – applications reviewed 4 times a year Allow 9 months from submission to decision.
ECTS/Amgen Bone Biology Fellowship Scientists or Clinicians who are a member of ECTS work in a European institution. November
Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinician Scientist Clinically qualified PhD/DPhil/MD April September November March
Clinical Research Training Fellowship (Postdoctoral) Achieved PhD over 5 yrs ago but have not been research active since due to clinical commitments September March
National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Up to 7 years of postdoc experience January July
NIHR Postdoctoral Up to 3 years of postdoc experience January July
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Clinician Scientist Clinically qualified PhD/MD November/May May
Wellcome Postdoctoral Training Clinicians about to complete PhD or less than 2 years of postdoc experience October May/June

3. Medicine: non-clinical

Fellowship Eligibility Deadline Interview
Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Fellowship Less than 5 years of postdoc experience January/July
Alzheimers Society Junior Fellowship Must have submitted PhD/be within 4 years of PhD Viva September
Alzheimers Society Senior Fellowship Must have submitted PhD/ be within 3 – 10 years of PhD viva September
Arthritis Research Career Development More than 3 years of postdoc experience June 4-5 Months after deadline
British Heart Foundation (BHF) Immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Less than 1 year from viva or in final year of PhD Rolling – applications reviewed 4 times a year Allow 9 months from submission to decision.
BHF Intermediate Basic Science 3-6 years of postdoc experience Rolling – applications reviewed 4 times a year Allow 9 months from submission to decision
ECTS/Amgen Bone Biology Fellowship Scientists and clinicians working in European institution November
Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development 3-6 years of postdoc experience May and September October and March
Medical Research Council (MRC) Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship Should hold a PhD (or equivalent), there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience April October
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Career Development 3-8 years of postdoc experience February June
Kay Kendal Leukaemia Fund (KKLF) Intermediate 3-6 years of postdoc experience April
KKLF Junior 1-4 years of postdoc experience October
Kidney Research UK Post Doctoral More than 2 years postdoc experience November March
L’Oréal Women in Science Up to 10 years of postdoc experience March June
National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Career Development (for applied research) Up to 7 years of postdoc experience January July
NIHR Postdoctoral (for applied research) Up to 3 years of postdoc experience January July
Sir Henry Dale Up to 7 years from viva April and November October and June
Wellcome Career Development Up to 7 years from viva April and July February and October
Parkinson’s UK Senior Research 3-6 years of postdoc experience December
Prostate Cancer Career Development 3-6 years of postdoc experience March June/July

4. Natural Sciences

Fellowship Basic Eligibility Deadline Interview
BBSRC Anniversary Future Leader Up to five years postdoc experience June November
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) David Phillips 3-10 years of postdoc experience October April/May
British Infection Association Research Fellowship Up to 4 years of Postdoctoral experience March
European Southern Observatory Early career October
European Space Industry (ESA) External Postdoctoral Recently completed their PhD and a member of cooperating state Rolling – applications prioritised in October
Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Long Term Up to 3 years of postdoc experience August
L’Oréal Women in Science Up to 10 years of postdoc experience March June
London Mathematical Society – Grace Chrisholm Young Fellowship December and June
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Independent Up to 8 years of postdoc experience October
Ramsey Memorial Chemical Science PhD, evidence of mobility, commonwealth November
Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowship Up to 5 years of postdoctoral experience October
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowships Up to 3 years of postdoc experience February
Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) 3-8 years of postdoc experience September April
Schlumberger Foundation Preparing for postdoc, female, from developing country November
Sir Henry Dale Up to 7 years from viva April and July February and October
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Up to 2 year from viva or in final year of PhD July and October April and November
Wellcome Career Development (to undertake research in eligible Republic of Ireland institution) Up to 7 years from viva April and July February and October

5. Multi-disciplinary

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AXA postdoctoral research (for those doing research related to risk). Up to 5 years of postdoctoral experience. From an institution registered with AXA research December March
Imperial Junior Research Fellowships Up to 4 years postdoc experience September December – January
Leverhulme Early Career Research Up to 5 years from viva March
Marie Curie Intra-European PhD or 4 years research experience August
Marie Curie-Outgoing PhD or 4 years research experience August
Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Ernest Rutherford Usually more than 2 years postdoc experience September

6. Support for specific groups

Fellowship Basic eligibility Deadline Interview
Daphne Jackson – scientists re-entering after a career break More than 3 years of postdoc experience returning from more than a 2 year break Rolling (except sponsored calls)
Dorothy Hodgkin – scientists who need to work flexibly Up to 6 years of postdoc experience January
L’Oréal Women in Science Up to 10 years of postdoc experience March June
London Mathematical Society – Grace Chrisholm Young Fellowship  December and June
Schlumberger Foundation Preparing for postdoc female from developing country November
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Returner Usually returning from a break of 2 years or more September
Wellcome Career Re-entry Postdoc with more than 2 years of experience returning after a break of 2 years or more May and October April and November
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute At least 1 years’ postdoctoral experience returning after a break of 1 year or more, for any reason September; November

7. Moving countries

Fellowship Basic eligibility Deadline Interview
European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Up to 2 years of postdoctoral experience February and August
Marie Curie Intra-European PhD or 4 years research experience August
Marie Curie-Outgoing PhD or 4 years research experience August
Schlumberger Foundation – women from developing countries Preparing for postdoc, female from developing country November

8. Training/Transitional

Fellowship Basic eligibility Deadline Interview
Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Cross Disciplinary Fellowships Up to 3 years of postdoc experience August
MRC Strategic Skills (including fellowships for Biostatistics, Biomedical Informatics, Economics of Health, Methodology Research and Population Health Scientist) Check particular scheme June January
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Transitional
For basic scientists to change to applied research or clinical researchers moving into translational.
Up to 5 years of postdoc experience January July
Wellcome Postdoctoral Training Clinicians about to complete PhD or less than 2 years postdoc experience October May/June

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