Independent fellowships

Relevant fellowships

Research fellowships are designed to promote and support research excellence in engineering. The Department and Imperial College London want to attract the best and most outstanding researchers, providing a high level of support and freedom to focus on the research through fellowships. Such prestigious research fellowship schemes provide the best opportunity to consolidate the standing of a researcher in their community and ultimately can help make the leap from a postdoctoral researcher to an academic lecturer.

Research fellowship schemes are very competitive as only a very small number can be supported by the Department and College. Hence, in order to be able to secure a sponsorship (as each application must be supported by a sponsor who is a senior, permanent member of academic staff) applicants need to go through our Departmental selection process first, which is explained in more detail in the next tab. Please do check the notes thoroughly. 

These are the relevant fellowships of which we are currently aware:

Additional calls can be found here:

Application process

-          To obtain the support of the Department of Bioengineering, the applicant should send their proposal along with all the material requested by the sponsor (except the detailed costing), as well as a CV to bg.fellowships@imperial.ac.uk

-          There are 3 deadlines per year: 15th March, 15th July and the 15th Nov. The applicant should apply before one of the three deadlines which are at least 6 weeks before the sponsor deadline.

-          If the applicant is shortlisted, the applicant will be interviewed on the following dates: 27st March, 31st July, 4th December.

-          If the applicant receives the support of the Department, that will leave two weeks for the applicant to revise their proposal with comments from the Department and to do a full costing.

-          If mentors are needed for the sponsor’s call, the applicant should contact their potential mentors directly. This will need to be done before the Department deadline.

Postdoctoral research fellowships

Relevant fellowships

These are the relevant fellowships of which we are currently aware:

Fellowships typically provide a great opportunity to build and enhance a researcher's career.

Application process

Due to the departmental preparation required, postdoctoral fellowship applicants are asked to apply well in advance, but at least 6 weeks before the call deadline.

  • Step 1: Please contact a prospective academic sponsor in the appropriate research area.
  • Step 2: Please contact Chris Sanders (c.sanders@imperial.ac.uk), emailing your CV, the description of the targeted fellowship, and 2 paragraphs from the academic sponsor, explaining why it is a suitable match.
  • Step 3: You will then be guided through the internal process to obtain financial approval from Imperial College.
  • If the fellowship scheme requires a financial contribution by the Department, the fellowship application has to be approved by the Department Management Committee. This typically takes 4 weeks.