Postdoctoral Fellowships

The School of Physics and Astronomy welcomes applications from candidates interested in applying for personal fellowships at the University of Edinburgh.

Fellowship opportunities

To provide transparency and efficiency in the management of applications, the School operates an internal review process for the following five fellowship opportunities:

  • European Research Council  Starting Grants
  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowships
  • STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships
  • EPSRC Fellowships

Applications for other fellowship opportunities are welcome, but are not part of this review process. Please contact relevant members of academic staff or the a.s.murphy [at] ed.ac.uk (Director of Research) directly to discuss such applications. 

How to apply

If you would like the School to support your application for one or more of these fellowships, please submit a single pdf containing the following to: fellowships-panel [at] ph.ed.ac.uk.

  • a research statement (3 sides)
  • CV (2 sides)
  • a list of your best 6 publications, together with a short statement as to your contribution to each paper
  • the following metadata
    • the name of a current Edinburgh academic staff member who is happy to write in support of your application
    • the names of the fellowships you wish to be considered for
    • number of years since PhD (excluding career breaks)
    • h-index  
    • total number of refereed journal publications

The deadline for applications is noon, 17 June 2019.

You will then be contacted with further details of the full application process for specific fellowships to which the School will provide support.  You will be strongly encouraged to develop your research statement with the active participation of a member of academic staff. Academic support statements must be submitted by noon, 24 June 2019.

Further information on the fellowships

European Research Council  Starting Grants

 Deadline

 Typically mid October

 Eligibility  2-7 years post PhD
 Award value  Up to 1.5 million euros
 Award duration  5 Years
 Nationality

 Any (Tier 1 visa required)

Further information    European Research Council Starting Grants

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

 Deadline

 31 October 2019

 Eligibility  See rules
 Award value  Up to 1.5 million GBP
 Award duration  4-7 Years
 Nationality  Any (Tier 1 visa required)
Further information   UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships 

Royal Society University Research Fellowships

 Deadline

 Usually start September

 Eligibility  3-8 years post PhD 
 Award value

 See scheme notes

 Award duration  5+3 Years
 Nationality  Any (Tier 1 visa required)
Further information    Royal Society University Research Fellowships 

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

 Deadline

 19 September 2019

 Eligibility  See guidance 
 Award value

 £5k consumables +£2k/a travel

 Award duration  5 Years
 Nationality  Any (Tier 1 visa required)
Further information   STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships 

EPSRC Early Career Fellowships

 Deadline

 early May, end of Sept, end of Dec

 Eligibility  PhD required
 Award value

 See guidance 

 Award duration  5 Years
 Nationality  Any (Tier 1 visa required)
Further information   EPSRC Early Career Fellowships

Contact details

Application submission email address: fellowships-panel [at] ph.ed.ac.uk.

Contact for further information: Director of Research, a.s.murphy [at] ed.ac.uk (Alex Murphy).