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Department of Chemistry

Research Fellowship Opportunities

The Department has a long tradition of hosting independent research fellows (Royal Society URFs, Leverhulme Fellowships, Addison Wheeler Fellowships, Ramsay Fellowships, 1851 Fellowships, etc), many of whom have gone on to independent academic careers either in Durham or elsewhere. We provide a supportive environment for fellows, a strong mentoring programme from established research leaders, and are able to provide salary-matches for some fellowship schemes. Informal enquiries about research fellowships should be made with individual members of academic staff or the Head of Department.

Schemes that we have taken part in recently are listed below, along with an indication of typical application deadlines. Please check the scheme website itself for definitive information.


Historic / Indicative Deadline Info

Durham University Fellowships

Addison Wheeler Fellowships (IAS)

Funded through the bequest of Addison James Wheeler, these 3 year fellowships help young researchers of outstanding promise to pursue original ideas, free from teaching and administrative responsibilities. These have no residency restrictions.

This Fellowship is currently closed for recruitment and will not open until late 2018.

Christopherson-Knott Fellowships (IAS)

An internal fellowship scheme for Durham staff.

Call for applications: Expected October 2018.
Deadline: Expected November 2018.

Daphne Jackson Fellowship

A Daphne Jackson Fellowship is a unique fellowship designed to return STEM professionals to their careers after a break. Fellows normally carry out their research part-time over 2 years, in a university or research establishment in the UK. The Fellowships are flexible and include a tailored training programme designed to update skills and knowledge and support you in your return to research. Durham University will fund 2 Daphne Jackson Fellowships on a biennial basis.

No deadline.

UK Fellowships

Royal Society University Research Fellowships

This scheme is for outstanding scientists 3-8 years post-PhD who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. Funding is for 5 years with a possibility to extend to 8.

Call open: July 2018.
Deadline: 3pm, 5 September 2018

Outcome: Expected May 2019.

Royal Society Newton Fellowships(50% funding for 2 years)

Aimed at researchers wishing to build and maintain links with leading researchers in the UK.

Opens: Expected January 2019

Closes:Expected March 2019

Royal Society - Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowships

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.

Opens: Expected October 2018

Deadline: Expected November 2018

Leverhulme Fellowships (50% funding for 3 years)

Three year Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position.

For 2017 the University will run an internal selection process. Departments must submit prospective candidates by 23 January 2017. Four candidates will be selected to go forward for the scheme.

Opens: Expected January 2019.
Closes: Expected March 2019.

1851 Fellowships

Three year fellowship intended to give early career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise an opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation

Opens: October 2018

Deadline: Expected February 2019.

EPSRC Fellowships

Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience; however, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience or whether you hold (or do not hold) a permanent academic position.

No deadline.

EPSRC UKRI Innovation Fellowships

Applications are particularly welcome from international researchers who may be designated Rutherford Fellows; the Rutherford Fellowships were announced in July 2017. The Rutherford Fund will provide fellowships for researchers, from both the developed world and emerging research powerhouses like India, China, Brazil and Mexico, helping to maintain the UK's position as a world-leader in science and research.

Innovation Fellowships will nurture future leaders in both industry and the research base and promote greater mobility between them and ensure that a variety of UK industrial sectors have a supply of skilled researchers. The cohort of fellows willdevelop their leadership experience, entrepreneurial and enterprise skills in a crucial phase of their careers as they establish themselves and develop beyond post-doctoral and early career work.

Opens: Currently closed
Deadline Outline Proposals:

Deadline Full Proposals:

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) Scheme

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories. The scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants.

The fellowships offered will be long-term, flexible and will provide comprehensive package of support, including the fellow's salary and justified research, staff and training costs. Seven years of support is available on a 4+3 model, with a review in year four.

Durham University runs an internal selection process for these fellowships. Exceptional candidates, who can justify their suitability for the scheme, should contact Professor Karl Coleman and Professor John Evans, 2 weeks before the Durham University's internal deadline, in the first instance.

Call Status: 2nd round open

Durham University Internal Deadline: 23 August 2018

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships

The David Phillips Fellowship (DPF) will provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group.

Awards are for 5 years, and include personal salary and a significant research support grant to enable fellows to establish their own independent research group. It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded, each at a value of up to £1M (80% fEC). Applicants should have at least 3 years of active postdoctoral research experience.

Call status: Closed
Previous call: 1 February 2018 - 9 May 2018

Ramsay Fellowships (50% funding for 2 years)

British Ramsay Fellowships are awarded annually by the Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust to postdoctoral chemists in the early stages of their career, so that they may conduct original and independent research at universities in the United Kingdom.

Applications run from 1 August - 15 November

Deadline: Previous 15 November 2017.

Lindeman Trust Fellowships (for USA)

The Lindemann Trust Fellowships are awarded to graduates of exceptional promise in both the pure and applied physical sciences who have shown capacity for producing original research. Up to three grants a year worth $30,000 each for postdoctoral scientists to carry out research in the USA.

Opens: October 2018
Deadline: Expected February 2019.

EU Fellowships

ERC Starting Grant

For researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI) located in one of the EU Member State or Associated Countries . Funding per grant: up to € 1.5 million. Duration: up to 5 years.

Opens: Next call announcement Summer 2018


ERC Consolidator Grant

For researchers of any nationality with over 7 and up to 12 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI) located in one of the EU Member State or Associated Countries . Funding per grant: up to € 2 million. Duration: up to 5 years

Opens: Next call announcement Summer 2018


ERC Advanced Grant

Research field: any field of science, engineering and scholarship. Researchers: any nationality, any age. Applicants must be scientifically independent and have a recent research track-record and profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research. Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal. Host Institution: research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI) located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries. Funding: up to € 2.5 million per grant. Duration: up to 5 years.

Opens: Open.

Closes: 30 August 2018