Fellowship Opportunities

Application Process

We welcome and encourage applications for Fellowships from both Imperial Researchers and from Researchers at other institutes.

If you see an opportunity to apply for a Fellowship based in the Department of Life Sciences, you should first make contact and discuss your application with a potential sponsor who is currently at Imperial. A list of Research Themes, Research Groups and contacts is available from this link (Research Themes).

We ask that you submit your CV and a short summary of your proposed project, including a career development plan, to your sponsor, who will forward your application, with a letter of support, to the Departmental Fellowships and Honours Committee for review and consideration with regards to the current departmental activities and priorities. A decision will then be made whether your application will be supported by the Department. Feedback will be available in all cases.

If you have any queries, please email: dols-fhc@imperial.ac.uk

Examples of current Fellowships that are available include:

Supported Fellowships
 Funder Call Opens/Outline Full Application Date Link for Info
Wellcome Trust/ The Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship  03/12/2020  23/02/2021 Sir Henry Dale
Wellcome Trust Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship  23/03/2021  17/06/2021 Henry Wellcome
BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship  Closed TBC BBSRC Fellowship Info
BBRSC Discovery Fellowship  Open 06/05/2021 Discovery Fellowship
MRC Career Development Awards  01/03/2021  21/04/2021 Career Development Award 
EC Marie Curie Individual Fellowships   April 2021  September 2021 Marie Sklodowska-Curie 
CRUK Career Development Fellowship 28/04/2021  22/07/2021 Career Development Fellowship 
The Royal Society Newton International Fellowship  Closed  Opens Jan 2021 Newton International Fellowship 
The Royal Society University Research Fellowship  Closed  Opens July 2021 University Research Fellowship  
NERC Independent Research Fellowship  Jun 2021  October 2021 Independent Research Fellowship
Imperial College London Imperial College Research Fellowship June 2021 TBC Imperial College Research Fellowship
*Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund* ISSF Springboard Fellowships  TBA  TBA ISSF Springboard Fellowships
EPSRC Fellowship Scheme  Open  Open EPSRC Fellowship Scheme

UKRI Future Leader Fellowships - Round 6

Full details on how to apply can be found on this Imperial College Website - UKRI Future Leader Fellowships

Information for Sponsors

If you are planning on sponsoring an applicant, please submit a short reference and an outline of the support you will be providing to the applicant to the Fellowships and Honours Committee, along with the applicant's CV and short summary. The Fellowships and Honours Committee will then assess the fit of the applicant to the Department's activities.


We have a strong history of being able to offer our Research Fellows tenure within the Department of Life Sciences as Lecturers/Readers. Fellows that have been successful include: Katerina Artavanis-Tsakonas, James Murray, Cristina Banks-Leite, Abigail Clements, Giorgio Gilestro and Nadia Guerra.

Independent Research Fellowships in Life Sciences 

Our programme for externally funded Independent Research Fellowships is designed to establish research leaders within a world-class research environment and with access to cutting-edge facilities. Independent Fellows will also benefit from:

  • Review and feedback of their application,
  • Mentorship during their fellowship and progress to an academic position,
  • Access to excellent postgraduate research students to support their work,
  • Joining a strong and active community of independent fellows across College.

We accept informal applications all year round; contact a member of academic staff directly regarding sponsorship or the Chair of the Fellowships and Honours Committee, Professor Steve Matthews.

Find out more about Independent Research Fellowships in Life Sciences >> 

PhD Opportunities

Find out more about PhD opportunities in Life Sciences