Information for external applicants


Process for Postdoctoral, ECR and senior fellowship applicants

To ensure applicants receive appropriate support and to ensure the quality of Fellowship proposals all applicants must follow the process detailed below.

This information covers:

  • The difference between a Fellowship proposal and a research project proposal
  • The annual schedule of the main fellowship schemes – these are primarily Postdoctoral fellowships.
  • The processes for Post-doctoral, ECR and senior applicants
  • The template for Post-doctoral and ECR applicants
  • Details of the support available for Fellowship applicants from the College of Science & Engineering

The difference between a Fellowship proposal and a Research project proposal

A Fellowship proposal should be multi-faceted. In addition to the research programme, applicants will have identified training and development needs to achieve their academic and personal goals. Fellowships are awarded based on the strength of the candidate as well as the research vision – a fellowship is an investment in the person.

A research proposal is self-contained with clearly defined objectives and outcomes.

It is expected that preparing a strong Fellowship application will take most people approximately four months, so please factor this, and any deadlines, into your planning.

No application should be submitted without input and support from both your School and from the College.

Annual schedule of the main fellowship schemes

Here you will find details of the main fellowship schemes and links to the funder webpages/guidance.

Annual Schedule for Fellowship Opportunities

College timeline for Leverhulme, RS URF, STFC ERF & RAEng fellowships 2023


Postdoctoral and Early Career Fellowship approval/support process


  1. Postdoctoral and Early Career Researchers interested in applying for a Fellowship must identify an experienced academic member of staff who will support you through the process of developing and submitting a fellowship application. Visit the school web pages to view the research strengths and academics working in fields relevant to the research you wish to undertake
  2. You must contact to indicate that you intend to apply for a fellowship and identify the academic who will support you through the process. Please ensure that the supporting academic is copied into the email.
  3. You should complete the CoSE Fellowships Template and submit to the supporting academic, with your CV*. Please provide a link to the assessment criteria for the specific scheme when submitting to your supporting academic. The detail you provide in this template will be material that you can include in your fellowship application.
  4. The supporting academic will review your template and discuss your plans/vision with you. The supporting academic should consider if the application is appropriate as a fellowship application. Supporting academic can use the questions in the “Fellowship conversations” document to help consider the strength of the proposal, while reviewing against the scheme criteria.
  5. If the supporting academic is content that the proposals is strong and has a high chance of success, they should complete the supporting academic statement box on the Fellowship template advising why this is a strong proposal and why they will support it.
  6. Please submit your fellowship template with the supporting academic statement to Research Development contact.

    Note: a) If the fellowship you’re applying for is less than 5 years the application will be sent to the school contact (as per the table below) for approval. b) If the fellowship you’re applying for is 5 years or more, the application will be sent to the school contact and the Head of School. A decision will be taken on whether you will be approved to apply for LKAS leadership funding.

  7. For Fellowships of less than 5 years, the School contact should advise the Research Development Manager if the template is approved.
  8. For fellowships of 5 years or more, the Head of School/School Contact should advise the Research Development Manager if the template is approved, and if the candidate is approved to apply for LKAS Leadership funding. The Head of School/School contact will also advise which of the continuation options has been agreed. For continuation options please see the LKAS terms and conditions.
  9. Your research development contact will advise the outcome of the School Contact / Head of School review.

Please note that there are timelines for the main fellowship schemes: Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowships, Royal Society University Research Fellowships, RAEng Research Fellowships, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

Once approved:

The Research Development team will work with the applicant and their supporting academic to prepare their proposal. Postdoctoral applicants will be assigned a Project Coordinator who will work with them to develop the costing and all financial and approval aspects of the fellowship proposal. ECRs should contact their Project Coordinator as soon as they are approved to proceed.

If approved to develop a full application, applicants should aim to have their proposal reviewed by their supporting academic and at least one other academic.

If you do not know who a supporting academic could be, your Head of Research Group / Section Lead / Head of Research Division may be able to help you identify a suitable person. The second reviewer might be from outside your immediate research field to provide a different perspective. The proposal should also be reviewed by a member of the Research Development Team who will consider elements of the proposal such as Career Development, Advocacy, Narrative CV and Impact. They will also work with you to develop a letter of support. We have template letters of support for most fellowship schemes.

School contacts for Fellowship outline review and approval


Contact for outline application review and feedback:

Approval to proceed to full proposal to be given by:


Director of Research

Director of Research

Computing Science

Section Lead

Director of Research



Heads of Research Division

Director of Research


Geographical and Earth Sciences

Head of Research Group


Director of Research


Mathematics and Statistics

Director of Research

Director of Research

Physics and Astronomy

Head of Research Group

Director of Research


Director of Research

Director of Research

Experienced researchers intending to apply for a Fellowship

It is strongly recommended that experienced researchers/Professors request feedback from colleagues before submitting a fellowship application. You should also advise the Research Development Team that you intend to apply for a fellowship. Ideally the team would be given a few weeks to be able to provide feedback.

The RD team will provide support around elements of the proposal such as Career Development, Advocacy, Narrative CV and Impact. They will also work with you to develop a letter of support.


Anyone with questions about the process or individual fellowships should contact the Research Development Manager by emailing or by contacting their school RD point of contact.

* Where the external fellowship requests a Narrative CV as part of the application process, we do not expect a narrative CV to be provided with the completed template, unless you already have one prepared.

Support available from UofG / CoSE for potential fellowship candidates

  • Fellowship seminars – College Research Support and Research Development run events Nov/Dec to raise awareness of opportunities, requirements and have case studies from successful fellows.
  • Timeline of fellowships; deadlines for main fellowship schemes, and when to make contact to get support to apply.
  • Contact the Research Development Managers at any time to discuss opportunities and requirements.
  • Examples of successful proposals are provided to applicants (RAEng, URF, Leverhulme, EPSRC)
  • CoSE PDRA Fellowship peer mentoring programme – runs Jan-May along the same lines as ECDP grant writing programme. This gives potential candidates the opportunity to develop a proposal and get feedback. Since 2015, of 92 participants 26 fellowships were awarded, and 21 participants have secured lectureships.
  • There are hints and tips documents for applicant: for track record, for fellowship applications, for general grant writing.
  • We have template letters of support for RAEng, RS URF, EPSRC, RAEng Intelligence Community fellowships, UKRI Quantum Fellowships.
  • The Research Development team works with candidates providing iterative feedback on their applications.
  • Embedding impact in your research proposal – focuses on EPSRC research proposals.
  • Workshop on narrative CVs, and online course with tips for writing Narrative CVs.
  • Embedding career development in your research proposal – crucial to Fellowship applications. Seminar delivered by Elizabeth Adams and Katrina Gardner, Careers Manager.
  • If applicants are successful and invited to an interview, they will be provided with Pitch Training and mock interviews.
  • Candidates applying for 3year+ fellowships can apply for Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Leadership funding which provides £100k of additional funding for the fellowship. In some instances, e.g. Leverhulme Trust Fellowships, LKAS is required as matched funding if the external fellowship isn’t fully funded/has a salary cap.
  • The content for the Early Career Development Programme is available to all ECRs, PDRAs and PhDs – this covers general information on fellowships, writing proposals, planning your career, engaging with industry, with policy makers and government, Public Engagement and Impact, IP and commercialisation, Responsible Innovation… view the programme.

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship but are not ready to submit a template, please get in touch with the Research Development Team so that they can share upcoming events/workshops with you. Contact