Research Fellows

Research fellows are a vitally important part of the School, often comprising almost one quarter of our research staff, and are our most valued asset, and we will work closely with you to provide whatever support is useful to you.  Our Fellows are funded from a wide range of sources – in recent years we have sponsored successful applications to BBSRC, NERC, MRC, Wellcome, UKRI-FLF, European Commission, AXA, Royal Society, NIH, the Leverhulme Trust, NSERC (Canada) and others. The University of Glasgow also has dedicated funding schemes for topping-up external fellowships (our LKAS leaderships fellowships), which can allow fellows to significantly expand the scope of the work they wish to conduct by up to £100k (but depending a bit on the size of the fellowship).

Fellowship Success

Candidates applying for Fellowships to work with us have a high success rate, many go on to secure subsequent funding to extend their work, and we have an excellent record of proleptically appointing our senior fellows.  Once we have agreed to sponsor an applicant, we aim to provide support throughout the fellowship application process by drawing on our substantial experience within the School. For this purpose the School has set up a Fellowship Committee to act as first point-of-contact for prospective Fellows, and provide support both for Fellowship development and to Fellows who are already working with us.

External Collaboration

While many of our Fellows are employed through the University of Glasgow, we also work with Fellows based at collaborating institutes in common strategic priority areas; with a view to developing future research partnerships.  In particular, we have a strong track record of providing mentorship and support to Fellows from low-and-middle-income countries through external schemes (e.g. Wellcome Fellowships).  Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Fellowship Options

Information on selected Fellowship opportunities is provided in the table below (check websites for most up to date information, and eligibility – we don’t provide links as they change all the time).  The EU fellowships are a bit of a moving target just now, and we’ll update as the situation becomes clearer.






NERC Independent Research Fellowships

Typically £500k+

5 years

One per year, usually in October


A senior fellowship

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship

Typically £500k+

5 years

One per year, usually in October


A senior fellowship

Currently suspended

BBSRC Discovery Fellowship

Fixed £500k

3 years

One per year, in May


Suitable for slightly earlier career stage than the senior fellowships

MRC New Investigator Award

50% Salary + justified research costs

3 years

3 times per year Usually around January, May and September.

Requires LKAS funding to supply other 50% of salary

UKRI Future Leaders Fellows (FLF)

Tapered salary contributions + research costs

8 years


A senior fellowship.  The application process is particularly complex and involves an internal selection process. Contact us if interested

UKRI Daphne Jackson fellowship


Typically £500k+


No closing date

A senior fellowship.  These fellowships are for those looking to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for family, health or caring reasons.

Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF)

Typically £500k+

Up to 8 years

One per year, September

A mid-to-senior fellowship

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

Typically £500k+

Highly flexible

Once per year, November

Offers a first step into an independent research career for scientists who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as caring responsibilities and/or health-related conditions.

Royal Society Newton International Fellowship

About £420k

3 years

Once per year, March

An earlier career fellowship

1851 Research Fellowships

Salary + £10k

3 years

One per year, January

An earlier career fellowship

Wellcome Early-Career Awards

Salary + £400k expenses

Usually 5 years

One per year, May


Wellcome Career Development Awards


Salary and substantial research expenses as required

Usually 8 years

One per year, July

A more senior fellowship

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

50% of salary provided

3 years

One per year, February

An earlier career fellowship.Requires LKAS funding to supply other 50% of salary

Human Frontiers Science Program

Cross-disciplinary and long-tern Fellowships

Salary + research expenses

3 years

Letter of intent due May, full proposals by September

Applications for interdisciplinary high-risk projects are particularly encouraged

Marie Curie Global Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fixed, salary + modest research costs

3 years

One per year, September

An earlier career fellowship. The first 1 to 2 years will be spent in a non-associated third country, followed by a mandatory return phase of 1 year to an organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country.

ERC Starting grant

Up to €1.5m

5 years

Once per year, September

A more senior fellowship

Join us on an externally funded Fellowship

If you are interested in joining us on an externally funded Fellowship you should contact us by either writing directly to any of our investigators who you may wish to act as a sponsor, or by writing to the Fellowship Committee:

Fellowship committee members: