Fully Funded Research Fellowships

Fully Funded Research Fellowships

Our Lord Kelvin / Adam Smith (LKAS) Fully Funded Fellowships scheme includes salary and research costs, and offers the opportunity to establish and develop an independent research career.

The call for Fully Funded Fellowships is now open and will close on 26 April 2019. In this call, we will be recruiting in the selected research areas listed below. To apply, go to the University Jobs page and enter the appropriate vacancy reference.

The University of Glasgow implements a fair and responsible approach to research evaluation, in line with its institutional policy on responsible metrics. To support the implementation of this policy we require all applicants to complete an LKAS Fully Funded Research Proposal Proforma. This must be appended to your cover letter when submitting your application.

Lord Kelvin / Adam Smith Research Fellow in the Future of Scots

Vacancy Reference 024894

We are looking for scholars working on minority languages who are well placed to apply their findings in the context of the Scots language to address the linguistic status, acquisition and corpus planning for Scots, as well as issues faced by Scots-speaking communities, such as the perception of self and one’s place in society. For more information, see the LKAS Future of Scots job description.

Lord Kelvin / Adam Smith Research Fellowship in Celtic Onomastics

Vacancy Reference 024906

The LKAS Fellowship in Celtic Onomastics is intended to deepen and extend the University's research strength and income in the place-names of Scotland within Celtic and Gaelic in the School of Humanities. For more information, see the LKAS Celtic Onomastics job description.

Lord Kelvin / Adam Smith Fellowships in Data Science

Vacancy Reference E20387

The College of Science & Engineering is seeking to appoint a number of LKAS Research Fellows in the field of Data Science. The successful applicants will undertake research in fundamental Data Science and/or novel applications of Data Science. This research may be interdisciplinary in nature, should be centred within Science and Engineering (including Computing Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, Geographical & Earth Sciences) and should build on our existing research strengths. For more information, see the LKAS Data Science job description.

Lord Kelvin / Adam Smith Fellowships in Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Vacancy Reference M00832

The College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences (MVLS) is investing in up to seven Research Fellowships aligned thematically within the areas of research excellence prioritised in our Research Institutes:

  • Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
  • Institute of Cancer Sciences
  • Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences
  • Institute of Health & Wellbeing
  • Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation
  • Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology
  • Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology

Applications are also welcome from those who are interested in pursuing cross-disciplinary research, for example in:

  • Precision medicine with a focus on chronic diseases and multimorbidity and including the application of machine learning and AI
  • Structural biology to investigate mechanisms of disease
  • Application of machine learning and AI across the broader areas of life sciences

Applicants are asked to specify clearly in their application the Institute to which their research is most closely aligned, and the selection criteria will be interpreted accordingly in order to judge disciplinary relevance. For more information, see the LKAS MVLS job description.

What we are offering

  • Each Fully Funded Fellowship will run for five years and will cover salary costs on Grade 7 or 8 (£33,943 – £48,327). In addition to the salary funding, an allowance for research costs will be made at a rate of £10,000 per annum for each year of the fellowship for laboratory-based research and £5,000 per annum for each year for non-laboratory-based research.
  • Progression to Years 4 and 5 will be dependent on a robust performance assessment at the end of Year 3; in addition to meeting agreed objectives, Fellows will be expected to obtain research funding in line with an agreed, discipline-relevant target.
  • Fellows will be appointed a mentor and will be entitled to participate in any of the training programmes and courses offered by the School/Institute, College or University. 
  • To support development, Fellows will set annual SMART objectives with their line managers.
  • Prior to the end of the Fellowship, Fellows will meet with their line managers to discuss possible opportunities for continuing posts. 

Who we are looking for

  • Applicants must have at least 2 years' experience at postdoctoral level and should be between 2 and 7 years post-PhD. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate an outstanding capacity for innovative research and have a strong publications record (specifically, to have identified 4* outputs post-2013).
  • Career breaks due to maternity, paternity or adoption leave, illness or other exceptional circumstances will be considered.
  • The University of Glasgow welcomes those returning to work after a period of absence or those who require a flexible working pattern, and supports schemes such as The Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships and The Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships.
  • All applicants will be judged against equivalent quality thresholds, with a focus on contribution to future REF exercises at the 4* quality level.
  • In specific circumstances, previous holders of LKAS Fellowships will be eligible for Fully Funded Fellowships. Contact the relevant College Research Office with any queries regarding eligibility.‌


For general questions about our LKAS Fellowships, please contact Kristy Bremner (Research Planning Manager)

For information about research expertise, contact the relevant College Research Office.

College Research OfficeEmail
College of Arts arts-lkas@glasgow.ac.uk
College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences mvls-research-office@glasgow.ac.uk
College of Science & Engineering Lynne.mccorriston@glasgow.ac.uk
College of Social Sciences socsci-research-office@glasgow.ac.uk