Independent research fellowships

Research fellow support

Meet our Fellows

Research fellow support

Your application


As with thesis chapters and journal papers, writing your first fellowship application can be daunting. Members of the School with a range of experience (e.g. successful applications, membership of research council selection panels) are happy to discuss your ideas in detail, and provide advice and feedback at the draft stage.


An important, but often overlooked, aspect of the application is how you will fit in to your new department. We will discuss with you possible collaborative opportunities with existing staff and how you will develop your own independent research group.


Early-career researchers often have little experience of interviews, which can make all the difference between success and failure. To enhance your chances, we will organise a mock interview and provide extensive feedback to help refine your performance.

Your arrival

Arriving at a new University department can be a confusing and frustrating experience. The School of Biological Sciences acknowledges that research fellows need to integrate in to the School and develop their research programmes as quickly as possible. We have therefore adopted a Research Fellow Code of Best Practice to ensure that suitable office and lab space is ready in advance of arrival, extensive help and mentorship is provided and specialist facilities are set up within an agreed time frame. All new research fellows are additionally encouraged to give an introductory departmental seminar within their first few months to meet colleagues and discuss future research directions.

Your development


Each fellow is assigned both a junior and a senior mentor. Senior mentors will provide guidance on research and career development (including publishing and grant applications). Junior mentors (usually other research fellows) will assist with integration in to the school and day to day issues.


Although the focus of a fellowship should be research, opportunities to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level are available for interested individuals. Moreover, fellows can take advantage of the university-run Teaching and Learning programme, which provides invaluable training for future lecturers.


Fellows are encouraged to participate in career development training programmes run by the university and targeted at research staff.

Your future


An annual review with your mentor will allow you to assess future options, identify training needs and capitalise on opportunities.


We aim to prepare all our research fellows for the next stage of their career. Junior fellows (e.g. Marie Curie, Leverhulme, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin) will be assisted in their applications for more senior fellowships. Senior fellows (NERC, BBSRC David Phillips, Royal Society URF) will be considered for permanent positions at the end of their fellowship. Since 2010, five of our senior research fellows have been awarded permanent academic positions within the School of Biological Sciences. All current senior research fellows hold proleptic positions.

Join us!

If you are interested in applying for a Fellowship to be based in the School of Biological Sciences, or would like to move here on an existing Fellowship, please contact the Chair of the Research Committee, Dr Nick Roberts ( to arrange a visit.

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