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Joining Durham Chemistry

Opportunities for Students, PDRA's and Sabbaticals

Information on how to apply for an undergraduate degree at Durham is linked here.

Information on PhD places and funding opportunities is linked here.

Post doctoral positions, academic positions and opportunities to join our technical or administrative team are advertised via the University's recruitment pages.

Enquiries about spending a sabbatical period in the Department should be addressed initially to individual members of academic staff.

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.


Deadline Info

Addison Wheeler Fellowships (IAS)

Funded through the bequest of Addison James Wheeler to encourage 'efforts for increased knowledge of people and their make-up so as to enable them to make better use of their life here on Earth'. The Fellowships are designed to provide young researchers of outstanding promise with three years to pursue original ideas, free from teaching and administrative responsibilities.

deadline for applications was 14 December 2013. Call for applications usually issued in August.

Cofund Junior Research Fellowships

This JRF scheme, COFUNDed between Durham University and the EU is designed 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.

Each year in the region of 15 Junior Research Fellowship places are advertised, aimed at postdoctoral researchers typically with 2-5 years post-doctoral experience. JRFs pursue new research ideas of their own design, normally for 2 years by which time they should be of a standing and maturity to win permanent positions.


RS 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.

Next round is expected to open in July 2013 with a deadline of mid-September 2013. Results will be available in May 2014.

Royal Society Newton Fellowships

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

2013 scheme opened on 31 January and closed on 10 April 2013.

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.

2013 scheme closed on 7 March 2013; 2014 round opens in September 2013

(iii) 1851 Fellowships (50% funding)

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

2013 deadline was 21 February 2013. Industrial Fellowships scheme (Value: £80,000 over 3 years) closed on 24 January 2013.

(v) 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

EU Fellowships

See table below

Christopherson-Knott Fellowships (IAS)

An internal fellowship scheme for Durham staff.

Deadline for applications for 2013-14 was 11 February 2013. Call for applications usually issued in December.

Ramsay Fellowships

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. 

2012 deadline was early November

Lindeman Trust (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.

Applications for 2014-15 will open in October, 2013. The closing date will be in February 2014.

EU Fellowships




IEF: Intra-European Fellowship



IOF: International Outgoing Fellowship



IIF: International Incoming Fellowships



CIG: Career Integration Grant




IAPP: Industry Academia
Partnership & Pathway



ITN: Initial Training network




COFUND: Cofunding of national programmes



International Research staff Exchange Scheme



NIGHT: Researchers' Night