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:

  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowships
  • STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships
  • EPSRC Fellowships
  • Royal Astronomical Society Fellowships
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

Applications for other fellowship opportunities are welcome. Please contact relevant members of academic staff or the director-of-research [at] ph.ed.ac.uk (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.

This summer's deadline for the Royal Society University Research Fellowship, EPSRC Early Career Fellowship, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship preliminary applications is noon, 17th July 2020. Call now closed.

How to submit a preliminary application

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 an e-mail 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

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 supporters will be asked to submit a short e-mail to fellowships-panel [at] ph.ed.ac.uk  by noon, 24 July 2020.

Further information on the fellowships

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

 Deadline

 (expected) January 2021

 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

 3rd September 2020

 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

 mid September

 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

RAS Fellowships

Deadline (expected) 2021
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 9 September 2020
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 2020
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 

Contact details

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

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