Other fellowship opportunities

Stephen Hawking Fellowships

The Stephen Hawking Fellowships will support and develop the next generation of visionary scientists in theoretical physics at the beginning of their career. UKRI are providing funding for five annual calls delivered jointly by EPSRC and STFC. Round one is now open and intentions to submit must be received by 20 June 2019.

In recognition of Stephen Hawking’s exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge and popularisation of science, UK Research and Innovation will support and develop the next generation of visionary scientists in theoretical physics and areas of mathematics and computer sciences which underpin and contribute to the development of theoretical physics at the beginning of their careers through this new funding opportunity. Up to £15 million will be available for up to five annual calls for these fellowships, between 2019 and 2024 with each call looking to fund up to ten fellowships.

The fellowships will provide up to four years' funding for fellows with a strong passion for curiosity driven science that seek to challenge current assumptions, advance scientific knowledge and inspire the public through their discoveries. The funding will support fellows to engage in training on public engagement and scientific communication to develop the skills to explain complex scientific ideas to wider audiences and with the aim of continuing Stephen Hawking's work in bringing science into popular culture.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • To fund new high quality research and support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers in the field of theoretical physics.
  • To train a cohort of researchers with the skills to continue a legacy of public engagement in the field of theoretical physics.

Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, Professor Sir Mark Walport said:

Professor Hawking combined a fierce desire for knowledge with a rare ability for communicating both the wonder of our universe and the value in understanding it. The Stephen Hawking Fellowship will continue his legacy by supporting a new generation of scientists too push the boundaries of knowledge and inspire the public with their discoveries.

Details on how to apply can be found on the UK Research and Innovation funding opportunities pages.

Alan Turing Institute AI Fellowships

The Alan Turing Institute is launching this first call for Turing Senior AI Fellowships and Turing AI Fellowships in partnership with the Office for AI and UK Research and Innovation. Fellowships will cover a broad view of AI, including applications of foundational disciplines across mathematical sciences, statistical sciences, computational sciences and engineering. Consideration may also be given to AI work that interfaces with the life sciences, social sciences or humanities. Fellows will be expected to collaborate as appropriate across disciplines, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with academia, industry, government and the third sector. Closing date for applications 29 March 2019 at 23:59.

Details on how to apply can be found on the Alan Turing Institute website.

Joint EPSRC and Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Postgraduate Initiative

A three month secondment opportunity to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) open to EPSRC funded PhD students.

Scottish Government internships for EPSRC-funded PhD students

EPSRC funded PhD students who have completed their first year of study are invited to apply for internship opportunities with the Scottish Government.

Royal Society Industry Fellowships

Opportunity for academic scientists, mathematicians and engineers to work in a UK industrial environment and for industrial scientists, mathematicians and engineers to undertake research or course-development work in a UK research or higher education institution. All natural sciences are covered (including agriculture, mathematics, health and human sciences, technology and engineering). Projects at any stage from fundamental science to industrial innovation will be supported. Eligibility, further information and application forms are available from the Royal Society website.

Royal Society - EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

EPSRC is pleased to be working in partnership with the Royal Society to support Royal Society-EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowships. These awards are for outstanding early career researchers who require flexible working patterns due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

The application and peer review process is managed by the Royal Society and EPSRC will yearly meet the costs of up to five of the successful candidates.

For more information and to apply, please see the Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowships page at the Royal Society website.

For information on the recently-announced 2016 Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows please see Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships

EPSRC is a sponsor of this scheme, which is aimed at enabling scientists and engineers to return to their professions following a career break owing to family commitments. The Fellow re-trains in the context of a guided research project, carried out on a flexible, part-time basis at a convenient University. The Scheme is administered by the Daphne Jackson Trust.

Hodge Fellowships

EPSRC and Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES) annually offer two one-year fellowships under the name of Sir William Hodge, the eminent British mathematician. The fellowships will enable young mathematicians or theoretical physicists to spend time at the IHES which is located in Bures near Paris. An annual closing date applies.

Toshiba Fellowship Programme

Toshiba, in association with EPSRC, offers outstanding European scientists the opportunity to join one of its high-technology research teams in Japan for up to two years. The Toshiba Fellowship Programme is open to PhD level researchers of EU nationality currently working in a UK government or academic institution. The research topics vary broadly from year to year in the field of science and engineering.

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 offers a number of different fellowships, including Research Fellowships and Industrial Fellowships. The aim of the latter scheme is to encourage innovation and creativity in British industry. Although Industrial Fellowships are awarded to individuals (in any sector of British industry), their companies and associated universities derive equal advantage from the scheme. Further information and application forms are available from the Royal Commission website.

The Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust offer a number of different fellowships, including Early Career Fellowships, Emeritus Fellowships, Major Research Fellowships, Research Fellowships, Study Abroad Fellowships and Visiting Fellowships.