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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.

COFUND: Durham International Junior Research Fellowships

The scheme is designed to attract the most talented researchers in Europe and beyond, and to build international networks of scholars with a common passion for today’s most important research challenges. Junior Research Fellowships are recruited to commence between July and October. Starting salaries are in the range of £31,342 - £35,256 p.a.

Before applying please ensure that you read the Further Particulars and FAQs to ensure that you are eligible for the post.

Call for applications: Now Open

Deadline: midday on Friday 1 December 2017

COFUND: Durham International Senior Fellowships

The EU-sponsored Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns) allows Durham University to gather together scholars, researchers, policy makers or practitioners from around the world and across the full spectrum of science, social science, arts and humanities to address themes of global significance in collaboration with Durham's Research Institutes and researchers.

As part of the DIFeREns scheme Durham University recruits two types of Senior Fellow :

  • Senior Research Fellowships
  • Policy and Enterprise Fellowships

Up to 24 Fellowships will be available in (2018-19): 16 Senior Research Fellowships and 8 Policy and Enterprise Fellowships.

Call for applications: Now Open

Deadline: for both categories of Fellowship is 5 January 2018.

Christopherson-Knott Fellowships (IAS)

An internal fellowship scheme for Durham staff.

Call for applications: Friday 6 October 2017.
Deadline: Friday 17 November 2017.

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.
Deadline: 15:00 BST on 4 September 2017

Outcome: May 2018.

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 2018

Closes:March 2018

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: October 2017

Deadline: 3pm on 16 November 2017

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: 1 January 2018.
Closes: 1 March 2018.

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

Deadline: 15 February 2018.

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: 22 September 2017.
Deadline Outline Proposals: 09 November 2017 at 16:00

Deadline Full Proposals: 23 January 2018

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships

Up to 5 (five year) awards are available, and include personal salary and a significant research support grant. Applicants should have at least 3 years of active postdoctoral research experience and should not exceed 10 years in active postgraduate research studies and postdoctoral research employment.

Opens: February 2017.
Deadline: 11 May 2017.

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.

Deadline: 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: Monday 16 October 2017
Deadline: Wednesday 14 February 2018.

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: August 2017

Closes: 17 October 2017 (17:00, Brussels time)

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: October 2017.

Closes: 15 February 2018 (17:00, Brussels time)

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: Expected 17 May 2018

Closes: September 2018