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Personal fellowships

CEPSAR is committed to providing a cutting-edge research environment for nurturing early career researchers and has an excellent track record of attracting those of the highest calibre to join. Past and present CEPSAR Fellows have been funded by NERC, STFC, the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust personal Fellowship programmes a tradition that underpins CEPSAR’s successful role in training the science stars of tomorrow. Anyone wishing to apply for a personal Fellowship to be hosted by CEPSAR should make contact with the Director, Professor Simon Kelley, and/or a member of academic staff relevant to your field. Our success in hosting successful applicants is through our commitment to work alongside you in preparing your application and offering opportunities for pre-interview support from experienced CEPSAR staff. Fellowship schemes can be reached using the web-links below, please get in touch if you’re thinking that any of these opportunities are for you, or are unsure and would like to discuss them with experts in your field.


“To promote and support, by any means, high-quality basic, strategic and applied research and related postgraduate training relating to the understanding and exploitation of biological systems.
To advance knowledge and technology (including the promotion and support of the exploitation of research outcomes), and provide trained scientists and engineers, which meet the needs of users and beneficiaries (including the agriculture, bioprocessing, chemical, food, healthcare, pharmaceutical and other biotechnological related industries), thereby contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom and the quality of life.”




“Our remit covers engineering and the physical sciences: research in the areas of chemistry, engineering, information and communications technologies, materials, mathematical sciences and physics. We do not have any restrictions on application areas but the majority of the research we support must be in engineering and the physical sciences.”




 “Our role is to:
•    promote and support, by any means, high-quality basic, strategic and applied research and related postgraduate training in the social sciences
•    advance knowledge and provide trained social scientists who meet the needs of users and beneficiaries, thereby contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom, the effectiveness of public services and policy, and the quality of life
•    provide advice on, and disseminate, knowledge; and promote public understanding of the social sciences.”




“The heart of our mission is to improve human health through world-class medical research. To achieve this, we support research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas. We work closely with the NHS and the UK Health Departments to deliver our mission, and give a high priority to research that is likely to make a real difference to clinical practice and the health of the population.”




“The Natural Environment Research Council delivers independent research, survey, training and knowledge transfer in the environmental sciences, to advance knowledge of planet Earth as a complex, interacting system.
Our work covers the full range of atmospheric, earth, biological, terrestrial and aquatic sciences, from the deep oceans to the upper atmosphere, and from the poles to the equator.
Our mission is to gather and apply knowledge, create understanding and predict the behaviour of the natural environment and its resources, and communicate all aspects of our work.”




“We are required to:
•    promote and support high-quality scientific and engineering research by developing and providing, by any means, facilities and technical expertise in support of basic strategic and applied research programmes funded by persons established in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
•    promote and support, by any means, high-quality basic, strategic and applied research and related post-graduate training in astronomy, particle physics, space science and nuclear physics and research in any other field which makes use of scientific facilities where access is provided, arranged or otherwise made available by the Council, having regard to the objects of the other research councils.
•    promote and support the advancement of knowledge and technology (including the promotion and support of the exploitation of research outcomes) and to provide trained scientists and engineers, and thereby to contribute to the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom and the quality of life of its people, meeting the needs of users and beneficiaries.”




•    “To expand the frontiers of knowledge by championing the development and use of science, mathematics, engineering and medicine for the benefit of humanity and the good of the planet.”

The Royal Society



“ for research and education...”
The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme with the instruction that its resources should be used to support “scholarships for the purposes of research and education.”
Since that time, the Trust has provided funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes; it operates across all the academic disciplines, the ambition being to support talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training.”

The Leverhulme Trust



“Marie Curie Fellowships provide European placements for pre and post-doctoral researchers, usually up to the age of 35, and for experienced researchers. Fellowships are available in any scientific discipline that contributes to the objectives of the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5). Applicants to this activity are young and experienced researchers and host organisations in academia and industry.”

Marie Curie Fellowships



“Europe currently offers insufficient opportunities for young investigators to develop independent careers and make the transition from working under a supervisor to being independent researchers in their own right. This structural problem leads to a dramatic waste of research talent in Europe. It also limits or delays the emergence of the next-generation of research leaders, who bring new ideas and energy, and it encourages highly talented researchers at an early stage of their career to seek advancement elsewhere.
ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants (ERC Starting Grants) aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams and will strengthen others that have been recently created.”




“The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 offers major awards to scientists and engineers for research, development and design. Its aims are to support education for the benefit of productive industry and full details of all its awards are on this website.”

Royal Commission



“The Daphne Jackson Trust runs a returners scheme to help scientists, engineers and technologists who have been disadvantaged by having a career break.”

The Daphne Jackson Trust



“Are you at the beginning of your research career - with the potential to be world-class?
Is your research in the physical, natural or social sciences or humanities?

Do you want to build and maintain links with leading researchers in the UK?

Then apply for a Newton International Fellowship.”

Newton International Fellowships



“Our vision is to achieve extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. In pursuit of this, we support the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities.”

Wellcome Trust