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 Practitioner 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 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

Research fellowships

Open Calls

EPSRC Postdoctoral & Open Fellowships

Nomination paperwork is CV, publications list and brief research proposal.  

Royal Commission 1851 Research Fellowship

Deadline for nominations 9th December 2021.  Nomination paperwork is CV, publications list and brief research proposal.  Nominations are considered and put forward to the Department review through Research Groups, they will therefore need to hear from you sooner.  

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Nominations are now closed.


    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