Applications for Research Fellowships

We welcome Fellowship candidates from the UK and overseas. The Department provides a highly supportive environment in which to develop your career and we currently host Fellows at all stages of career development. We are an Institute of Physics Juno Champion and Athena Silver Swan award winner in recognition of promoting best practice and gender equality for all our members.

Candidates wishing to select us as their host are advised to please contact the relevant Research Group to discuss their application as soon as possible as the Department holds a selection process for Fellowship schemes and you will need a member of academic staff to act as a internal sponsor during the application process. 

There are a wide range of Fellowships available but each has specific rules and regulations - please ensure that you have read the sponsor's information and can meet the eligibility requirements before contacting us.

The deadlines for potential applications to reach the Research Group will appear here as the next round of the schemes are announced and applications received after these respective dates will not normally be considered. If you are interested in a scheme that doesn't appear in the lists below then please do still contact the relevant Research Group to discuss. 

If you are approved to submit a formal application the Department will assist you throughout the application process. We set internal submission deadlines which are substantially earlier than the sponsor deadlines to allow for sufficient preparation and approval time, you will be advised of this and you can also see the deadlines on the application guidance webpage.

The Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre provides a series of training activities such as workshops on "Preparing Successful Fellowship Applications", one-to-one support and mock interviews.  They have prepared a useful guide to preparing for a fellowship interview (log in required)

See our presentations on Fellowships internal processes and Fellowships criteria and success rate for further guidance on applying.

Research fellowships

Open Calls


Nominations can be submitted to anytime via a Research Group. A nomination consists of your CV, publication list, and a brief research proposal summary.

Imperial College Research Fellowships

Please contact us. Completed applications (which include the sponsor section completed and signed but not the Head of Department section) need to be submitted for review and the Head of Department signature to Louise Hayward by 21st August 2018. Once approved by the Department applicants need to submit their applications through the College recruitment system by 28th August 2018 and arrange for a confidential reference to be submitted to by the same date.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Please contact us. There is no nomination process for this scheme, but the Department has to confirm its applicants by 21st August 2018 and ECAS forms must be completed with the Fellow information by 28th August 2018.

NERC Independent Research Fellowship (IRF)

Please contact us. Most applications are hosted by the Space & Atmospheric Physics Group. There is no deadline for a nomination but you need to allow enough time for it to be considered and then be able to submit your final and Department checked application by 25th September 2018.  A nomination consists of your CV, publication list, and a brief research proposal summary.

Royal academy of engineering research fellowships

Please contact us. This call is subject to a College limit and review process into which the Department can submit up to two standard nominations. We are also allowed to submit up to two additional candidates, one of which must be from an under-represented group and the other must be eligible to apply to the Development Research Fellowship scheme ((see page 6 of the RAE guidance notes). To be considered Groups must submit supported nominations to the Department review by 20th July 2018, note this includes a Head of Department statement which is normally drafted by your supporting academic. 

Royal society university research fellowships

Please contact us. To be considered Groups must submit supported nominations to the Department review by date to be confirmed once the updated guidelines notes and deadline is published, which is expected to be 17th July 2018.  Nominations consist of  CV, publications list, brief research summary.

stfc ernest rutherford fellowships

Please contact us. This call is subject to a Department limit of 8 and to be considered Groups must submit up to three supported nominations to the Department review by 3rd August 2018. Nominations consist of  CV, publications list, brief research summary.

UKRI future leaders round 2

There is an initial College process where all potential applicants have to submit a Request for Support form to by 28th August 2018. This is a College wide process and only applicants who have done this will be considered for support. Form and details are available from  

Further info

If you are at Imperial you can register for the online funding news service Research Professional.

If you have any general questions about the fellowship process please contact Louise Hayward. Note that you have to contact the Research Groups to find a sponsor. 



  • Timeliness of Fellowship at this point in your career
  • Independent Researcher
  • Current standing within the national / international community
  • Referees & their comments
  • Quality, originality and potential impact of proposed research
  • Broader context surrounding the research 
  • Abilty to plan and manage resources 
  • Ability to communicate to a generalist audience 
  • Potential to fulfil the wider responsibilities of an academic career (teaching, public engagement etc) and evidence of leadership ability
  • Appropriateness of the Group with whom you want to work with
  • Alignment with the strategic priorities of the research council/sponsor