Physical Sciences Fellowship Priority Areas


Fellowship applications are not accepted in the Physical Sciences theme.

Early and Established Career

Fellowship applications are welcome across the Physical Sciences theme.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion (Established Career fellowships only)

For queries about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion please contact Ian Hickman.

Through this fellowship priority area the EPSRC, in partnership with the Institute of Physics (IoP) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), aims to support established research leaders in the Physical Sciences research areas to inspire, enable and facilitate greater equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in the broader physical sciences research community. There is a clear need to support research leaders within the community who are also equipped with the time and skills to raise awareness of the related issues within the community and the capacity to support the implementation of new ideas and initiatives. Undertaking this work whilst running an ambitious research programme is challenging and may impact on progress and the pace of change.

Recognising this challenge, the priority area will include a significant proportion of the applicant’s time to undertake roles and activities in support of enabling, facilitating and inspiring greater ED&I in the physical sciences.  An indicative figure of 25% of the fellowship is envisaged for applicants to either extend their current activities or learn and become more active in the space.

This priority area includes all areas of Physical Sciences, with a focus on areas that form the core of fundamental physics, chemistry and materials science. Applicants should also have a track record of engagement in the ED&I space.

All applicants should be able to demonstrate that they meet the EPSRC criteria for an Established Career Fellow. Applicants should also outline the approaches they will employ to use their leadership role to build greater diversity in the research community, this should include some indication of how they will utilise the time allocated specifically for this purpose. These approaches are not required to be linked to the scientific content of the proposal, but are expected to be related to challenges within the physical sciences. The fellow may choose to focus on a single or multiple areas of ED&I and the proposal is expected to have an appropriate balance of activities that raise awareness and those that enable positive change. This could include collaboration with other groups or bodies working in this area, including the RSC and IOP.