Research Fellowships (offered by Research Councils (e.g. EPSRC), Royal Society, and European Union)
There are several competitive Fellowship schemes to support talented researchers who do not currently have a permanent UK position, for periods of 1-5 years. These are offered by Research Councils (e.g. EPSRC), the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, and by the EU/ERC. All provide a full salary plus support for travel, computing, etc; some, as described below, offer funding for a research team. The person who wishes to hold the Fellowship applies via a nominated host institution (which need not be their current home institution, and several of the schemes actively encourage or even demand mobility). Warwick has hosted several holders of such Fellowships in the past. We welcome enquiries from anyone considering applying for such Fellowships nominating Warwick as the host institution. Please either contact a relevant member of the academic staff or email the Head of Department giving brief details of the planned application. We need to know well in advance for administrative reasons, but we can also offer help in deciding which scheme is right for you and navigating through the financial and eligibility regulations etc. There are other competitions for more senior fellowships suitable for researchers who already have a permanent position; please contact us if you would like to apply to hold one of these Fellowships in Warwick.
Please be sure to contact us in plenty of time before application deadlines. Thank you.
The 2011/12 closing dates for the fellowships below have passed, but it is likely that there will be further rounds (with similar closing dates) in future years.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: 3 years funding for those with a UK degree (PhD at least submitted), and/or a temporary academic position in the UK, and no permanent post in the UK. Previous deadline: 8th March 2012.
Advanced Investigator Grants: EU European Research Council (ERC). [UKRO link.] Up to 5 years of funding for researchers of any age and nationality and residing anywhere in the world at the time of application. Must have 10 year record of achievement at a senior level. Can include funding for a team of researchers (PhD students / postdocs). Previous deadline: 22 November 2012.
Newton International Fellowships (see also the RS page): for junior researchers (PhD or 1-2 postdoc positions), 2 years funding plus follow-up money for 10 years. Only for people who are not UK citizens and who are not working in the UK already. Early contact between applicants and Warwick before application is essential. Last Deadline: 4th April 2011.
EU Marie Curie Fellowships. No limit on post doc experience but mobility in terms of crossing a national boundary is essential. 2 year Fellowships. There are two variants, the Intra-European Fellowships (IEF for those moving within the EU) and Incoming International Fellowships (IIF for those from outside the EU). Contact a member of staff to sponsor and work with you on your application. Previous deadline: 11th August 2011.
Royal Society URFs (University Research Fellowships) (5 years funding) for researchers early / mid-stage career (3-8 years post-doc experience) who do not have a permanent position in the EEA (European Economic Area = EU+). Must be EEA citizens, or have an EEA connection (PhD or post-doc position held in the EEA). Previous deadline: 15th September 2011.
EU European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants Scheme. [UKRO link.] Up to 5 years of funding for researchers of any age and nationality with 2-12 years of postdoctoral research experience. Includes funding for a team of researchers (PhD students / postdocs). Extra funding for applicants moving from a non-EU country. Previous Deadline: 12th October 2011.