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 fellowship opportunities:

  • Royal Society University Research Fellowships
  • STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships
  • EPSRC Open and Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships
  • Royal Astronomical Society Fellowships
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships
  • Stephen Hawking Fellowships
  • Elizabeth Gardner Fellowship 

Applications for other fellowship opportunities are welcome. Please contact relevant members of academic staff or the director-of-research [at] (Director of Research) directly to discuss prospective applications.  The School of Physics and Astronomy is committed to advancing equality and diversity, welcoming applications from everyone irrespective of gender, ethnic group or nationality. We particularly encourage applications from female and/or BAME candidates.

Upcoming deadline for Elizabeth Gardner Fellowship (preliminary application not required): 5.00pm Monday 14 February 2022. Elizabeth Gardner application information.

How to submit a preliminary application (not required for Elizabeth Gardner Fellowship)

If you would like the School to support your application for one or more of these fellowships, please submit  the following documentation is a single pdf to: fellowships-panel [at] You are strongly encouraged to develop your proposal with the active participation of a member of academic staff. Once outline  proposals are received academic supporters will be asked to submit a short e-mail  fellowships-panel [at]


  • CV  (2 pages). This should include the following data: number of years since PhD (excluding career breaks);
     total number of refereed journal publications; h-index and database used.

  • Research Statement/Proposal  (maximum 3  A4 pages,  minimum font  size 11) – this should  comprise:  a summary of research to date and a statement of proposed research including which research area the proposed research fits into (see below for STFC ERF   relevant themes and RSURF subject areas); and the name of a current Edinburgh academic staff member who is happy to support and help develop your application.

  • A list of your best 4 publications, together with a short statement of your contribution to each paper.

Themes for STFC ERF

Applications must fall within the remit of the STFC core Science Programme  (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics, accelerator science) and afford scope for original work.

Physics and Astronomy  Subject Areas for RSURF

Astronomy, Astrophysics , Biophysics , Computational Physics, Condensed Matter (incl. soft matter, liquids and nano-materials), Cosmic Radiation, Cosmology, Crystallography, Elementary Particle Physics, Gravitation, Interstellar Medium, Lasers and Optoelectronics, Low Temperature Physics, Magnetism, Mathematical and Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Astronomy, Mathematical Astrophysics, Mathematical Cosmology, Mathematical Gravitation, Nuclear Atomic and Molecular Physics, Planetary Science, Plasma Physics, Quantum Theory, Semi-conductors, Solar Physics, Statistical Physics, Physics (Applied), Physics (Experimental) 

Further information on various Fellowships

Elizabeth Gardner Fellowship


 14th February 2022

 Eligibility  PhD required
 Award value  
 Award duration  4 Years
 Nationality  Any (Tier 1 visa required)
Further information   Elizabeth Gardner Fellowship

Royal Society University Research Fellowships


 7th September 2021

 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


 Call expected July 2021 with deadline September 2021 

 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 Open and Postdoctoral Fellowships


 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 Open Fellowships

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships


 currently closed

 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 

RAS Fellowships

Deadline currently closed, (expected) 2022
Eligibility PhD required, up to 5 years postdoctoral experience
Award value See guidance
Award duration 3 years
Nationality Any (Tier 1 visa required)
Further information RAS Fellowships

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

Deadline Expected October 2021
Eligibility must be moving from a different country
Award value See online
Award duration 1-2 years
Nationality Any nationality 
Further information Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

Deadline 10th November 2021
Eligibility need for flexible support, PhD required, up to six years postdoctoral experience
Award value See link below: salary, research expenses, contribution to PhD student
Award duration 5  years
Nationality Any nationality 
Further information Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship 

UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellowship

Deadline Expected  November 2021
Eligibility See guidance
Award value See link below
Award duration 4  years
Nationality Any nationality 
Further information Stephen Hawking Fellowship

Contact details

Application submission email address: fellowships-panel [at]

Contact for further information: director-of-research [at] (Director of Research, Prof Martin Evans).