Early Career Fellowships

This scheme is currently closed for applications.

This scheme has run annually since 2012 and is currently under review. Please watch this space for updates.

About the scheme: 

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute at the University of Bristol is seeking to support early career researchers who wish to develop towards independent research careers. Our fellowship scheme is for individuals who already hold a PhD at the time of application, and who wish to conduct research and to apply for externally-funded fellowships (or similar) to be held at Bristol. These fellowships are part of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute’s portfolio of support for early career researchers. Although we do not specify number of years that an individual should have already spent in their post-doctoral career, these fellowships are designed for early career researchers as fellowships to launch them onto independence and the level of position reflects this. We ask that applicants and sponsors pay close attention to the suitability and eligibility criteria. 

We offer a salaried position at the University of Bristol. This will be at Research Associate or Senior Research Associate level (Grade I-J, normal starting salary £33,199 - £42,036 per annum 2018/2019) with a fellowship period of up to 12 months The fellowship can be undertaken on a part-time basis and in that instance the term of the fellowship can be extended accordingly as long as the role is completed by September 2021. The position is designed to enable you to deliver high quality research outputs and to apply to external funders. You will work alongside one or more academic sponsors to help you to develop your research vision. During the fellowship you will be able to take part in high quality career and personal development opportunities at the University of Bristol, including support to develop your applications for future fellowships or similar funding.

For information, to date we have funded 10.5% of applicants to this scheme.

Applicant suitability and eligibility: 

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • have completed their PhD in a relevant area at the time of application.
  • have a strong record of research output delivery (e.g. publications), taking into account any career breaks and in keeping with their years of experience and their research field.
  • be eligible to apply for external fellowship or equivalent funding based at the University of Bristol and should plan to do so within the period of their Elizabeth Blackwell Institute fellowship.
  • should have a clear plan of work for the period of the fellowship.
  • should plan to work on a topic aligned to areas of strength in health-related research at the University of Bristol. Note that strengths are across all Faculties and comprise biomedical and health research (broadly construed), including research in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • must secure support from an academic sponsor and the Head of the host School at the University as part of their application process. 

Please note that in recognition of the differences in career routes across fields, applicants from disciplines in Humanities or Social Sciences may plan to apply to a broader range of external funding calls, e.g. early career level project grants or lectureships. The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute particularly welcomes applications that include interdisciplinary research.

Allowed costs: 

Awards will cover the applicant’s salary at the appropriate level as stated above. Up to £5,000 will also be available to support research consumables, travel and/or facility costs.  Requests for equipment costs will be considered but this will be exceptional. Applicants must fully justify the request for research costs. Awards must be spent by the end of September 2021.

Applicants who are successful in gaining an interview will be expected to produce (in conjunction with their academic sponsor) an approved full Economic Costing prior to interview.

International applicants: 

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Further information:

If you have any queries please contact the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Funding Officer, Sarah Blackmore at ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk

Terms & Conditions: 

The funds awarded include contributions from our Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and as such are covered by the Wellcome Trust terms and conditions which can be read here: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/managing-grant/grant-conditions.

Please read and understand these terms and conditions carefully prior to making an application to ensure suitability of this funding source for your project. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the EBI Funding Officer, Sarah Blackmore at ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk 

Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions document: ECF FAQs (PDF, 107kB)

How to apply

This scheme is currently closed for applications.

Flow chart of application process

Flow chart of EBI Early Career Fellowship application process

Awarded Early Career Fellowships

Find out more about our awarded Early Career Fellows.

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