Applications for Research Fellowships

Candidates wishing to select Imperial High Energy Physics as their host institution are advised to contact a member of academic staff in their area of interest to discuss your application. You are encouraged to contact us early for initial discussions to maximise the support we can give you and also because this is a two way process and you need to assess if we’re the right fit for you.

To ensure submission of high quality, competitive proposals, the Department runs a competitive internal selection process with deadlines for Research Groups to submit their supported nominated candidates to the Department. The High Energy Physics Group therefore in turn also has deadlines to consider and select our supported candidates into this process. Requests received after these dates will not be considered.

We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds, especially those historically underrepresented in Physics. We are an IoP JUNO Practitioner and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community. See our EDI webpage for more Information.

We want to make our application process as inclusive and accessible as possible so if you experience any barriers that we may have overlooked please tell us and we can make adjustments.

We also recognise the unequal impacts of the impact that COVID-19 related disruption might have had. Where disruptions have occurred applicants can highlight this within their application if they wish.

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 Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre provides a host of ongoing support from preparing the application to mock interviews available to anyone who is applying through Imperial. You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this support in conjunction with that from your host Research Group. For more information applicants should read the guidance on their webpages and contact pfdc-support@imperial.ac.uk.

We’ve successfully supported many research fellowship applications. See Summary of started researcher fellowships in High Energy Physics from 1 August 2013.

The common schemes we participate in are listed below. For a currently closed calls the last nomination deadline is given as an indication of when the next might be.


Imperial College Research Fellowships

  • Closed.
  • Department quota – one per Research Group.
  • Group nomination deadline 1st August 2022 (College application deadline 22nd August 2022)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Closed.
  • Department quota – none.
  • Confirmation to the department closed 1st September 2022.

Royal Astronomical Society Fellowships

  • Open.
  • Department quota – five.
  • Please contact a Research Group in your area of interest. Group deadline
    to nominate to the Department 26th September 2022.
  • Nominations consist of CV, publications list and a one page outline.

Royal Commission 1851 Research Fellowships

  • Closed.
  • Department quota – five.
  • Nominations closed 7th December 2021.
  • Nominations consist of CV, publications list and a one page outline.

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

  • Closed.
  • Department quota – none.
  • Nominations to the Department closed 1st September 2022.
  • Nominations to the Department consist of your CV, publications list and a one page outline.

Royal Society Newton Fellowships

  • Closed.
  • Department quota – five.
  • Nominations closed 10th February 2022.
  • Nominations consist of CV, publications list and a one page outline.

Royal Society URF


STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships


UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships

  • Closed.
  • Department quota - one per Research Group.
  • College nominations closed 15th August 2022.

UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellowship

  • Closed.
  • We do not currently know when the next round will be open to applications, the last nomination deadline was 1st September 2020.