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University Research Fellowship 2022


The Royal Society is a fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. This scheme is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. These long term fellowships provide the opportunity and freedom to build an independent research career in the UK or Republic of Ireland and pursue cutting-edge scientific research.


This research fellowship offers you:

  • Research Fellow’s salary: 80% of the basic salary costs up to £41,675 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs

  • Contribution to research expenses of £90,000 per annum.

  • The opportunity to build an independent research career

  • Freedom, time and long term flexible support to pursue high-quality and innovative lines of scientific research

  • Support to develop as a research leader by offering tailored, high-quality professional development, networking and engagement opportunities

  • Flexibility to accommodate personal circumstances such as caring responsibilities or health related needs.

  • This scheme is highly flexible to accommodate for part-time working, sabbaticals and secondments. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, adoptive or extended sick leave (PDF).


You can apply for this scheme if you:

  • have between three to eight years of research experience since your PhD by the closing date of the round. Career breaks are taken into account; please refer to the scheme notes for further detail

  • do not hold a permanent post (including proleptic or rolling contract of employment) in a university or not for profit research organization

  • do not hold, or have not previously held, an equivalent fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status

  • Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research and biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society.

Application Deadline: September 6, 2022

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