Early Career Fellowships

This scheme is open for applications. 

There is a 2 stage application process.

Stage 1: Submit approval from your chosen academic sponsor(s) and Head of School. Deadline 09:00 GMT Monday 15 October 2018.

Stage 2: Make a full application. Deadline 09:00 GMT Monday 12 November 2018.

About the scheme: 

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute at the University of Bristol is seeking to support excellent 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 £32,548 - £41,212 per annum 2017/2018) with a fellowship period of 6 months to 2 years. 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) 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, 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. Applicants are welcome to apply on a full time or part time basis, although the maximum period of time for the fellowship will be 2 years regardless of working pattern.

Allowed costs: 

Awards will cover the applicant’s salary at the appropriate level as stated above. Up to £10,000 will also be available (pro rata over a 2 year fellowship) 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 taken up by the end of September 2019 at the very latest. 

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

International applicants: 

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Relocation costs

Further information:

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

Important dates:

Deadline for submitting approval from an academic sponsor and Head of School: 09:00 GMT Monday 15 October 2018

Deadline for full applications: 09:00 GMT Monday 12 November 2018

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, 108kB)

How to apply

  • Stage1: Submit approval from an academic sponsor(s) and Head of School. Deadline 09:00 GMT Monday 15 October 2018.

We expect candidates to identify an academic sponsor. You may nominate more than one sponsor if you wish. Prior to completing an application, please make sure you have discussed your wish to submit with your proposed Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Early Career Fellowship academic sponsor(s) and that you have their support in principle. 

Please prepare:

  • A case for support of no more than 2 sides of A4 (11 point Arial font only, normal margins). This should address:
    • Background
    • Scientific/academic case
    • The novel aspect of this work (new research direction, collaboration or technique)
    • Potential benefits and impact in and out of academia
    • Timetable, including the external funding calls you will apply to during the Fellowship
  • A short CV (maximum of three pages including the names and contact details of three academic referees) 

Email these documents to your proposed academic sponsor(s) and Head of School and ask them to complete the EBI Early Career Fellowship academic sponsorship form (Office document, 101kB) This form should be emailed either by the sponsor or the applicant to the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Funding Officer, Sarah Blackmore ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk 

NB. You do not need to send the case for support & CV to EBI at this time, this only needs to be submitted to EBI at stage 2.

Stage 2: Making a full application. Deadline 09:00 GMT Monday 12 November 2018. 

Please submit the following:

  • The completed application form EBI Early Career Fellowship application form (Office document, 226kB)
  • A case for support which should include the sections as described for Stage 1, no more than two sides of A4 (11 point Arial font only, normal margins)
  • A short CV (maximum of three pages including the names and contact details of three academic referees)
  • A full publication/outputs list  

to the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Funding Officer, Sarah Blackmore ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk  


Flow chart of application process

Flow chart of EBI Early Career Fellowship application process

Previous Early Career Fellowships

Find out more about previously awarded Early Career Fellowships.

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