Royal Society University Research Fellowship for Early-career Scientists 2022

This scheme is for exceptional scientists who are in the cradle stages of their research careers and have the potential to become leaders in their field.

The scheme offers you the opportunity to:

  • build an independent research career
  • focus on your own research, with a limit on administrative and teaching duties
  • hold your fellowship on a part-time basis to suit personal circumstances

This scheme is highly flexible to accommodate part-time work, sabbaticals, and secondments. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, adoptive, or extended sick leave (PDF).

About The Royal Society

The Royal Society has one of the most outstanding important scientific heritage collections in the world and the oldest national scientific society in the world as well as the leading national organization for the promotion of scientific research in Britain.

The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge was formed in 1660 and exits as UK’s national science academy and a Fellowship for over 1,600 of the world’s most eminent scientists. The Royal Society provides a range of grant schemes to support the UK scientific community and foster collaboration between UK-based and overseas scientists.  Through its Research Fellowships and funding programs, the Society works in partnership with universities and industry to support excellent scientists.

The Royal society promotes diversity as an integral tenet of modern science and also encourages the work on industry and innovation that promotes the value and importance of science by connecting academia, industry, and government partnership.

Requirements for Royal Society University Research Fellowship

Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society.

Researchers addressing a direct biomedical research question should apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship. Those applying from Ireland (ROI) are funded by Science Foundation Ireland and will need to read the eligibility requirements in the specific scheme notes.

You can apply for this scheme if you:

  • have between three to eight years of research experience since your PhD by the closing date of the round. Career breaks are taken into account, please refer to the scheme notes for further detail
  • do not hold a permanent post in a university or not for profit research organisation
  • do not hold, or have not previously held, an equivalent fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status

How to Apply for Royal Society University Research Fellowship

To apply for the ongoing Royal Society University Research Fellowship is not as difficult as you think. All Interested and qualified candidates are to click on the “Apply Now” button below to get started.

Application Deadline

It is important to note that all Interested and qualified candidates are to apply for Royal Society University Research Fellowship on or before September 7, 2021