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, ongoing support to applicants, including reviewing draft applications and arranging mock interviews for shortlisted candidates. They have prepared a useful guide to preparing for a fellowship interview (log in required). For more information, candidates should contact

Research fellowships

Open Calls


A new fellowship scheme, ‘Open’ and ‘Open Plus’ Fellowships, will be announced during autumn/winter 2020. In the meantime the current call is open to December 2020 – please contact us asap if you are interested in the current call. EPSRC

The Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Please contact Research Groups, their deadline to submit to the Department review is 2nd October 2020. Nomination paperwork is CV, publications list and brief research proposal plus confirmation you can meet the Royal Society’s criteria of requiring a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances.

NERC Independent Research Fellowships

Nominations closed 10th August 2020.

UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellowship

Stephen Hawking to Nominations closed on 1st September 2020.

    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