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


Nominations can be submitted to anytime via a Research Group. A nomination consists of your CV, publication list, and a brief research proposal summary. There are also new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Fellowships; EPSRC

IIASA-NERC Collaborative Research Fellowships

Please get in touch with us asap.

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships

Please contact Research Groups now. This scheme is subject to a College review and quota.  Groups must submit supported nominations to the Department review by 24th July 2019. Nomination paperwork is a College application form and CV.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Round 4 

Please contact Research Group now to discuss your proposal before submitting a College Request for Support form by 31st July 2019. 

NERC Independent Research Fellowships

Please contact Research Groups now. Groups must submit supported nominations to the Department review by 2nd August 2019.  Nominations consist of  CV, publications list, brief research summary.

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

Please contact Research Groups now.  Groups must submit supported nominations to the Department review by 2nd August 2019.  Nominations consist of  CV, publications list, brief research summary.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

There is not a Department review process for support but Groups must confirm who they are supporting by 21st August 2019 and ECAS forms must be completed with the Fellow information by 28th August 2019. The Imperial EU Team can provide feedback, their deadline for receiving drafts is 19th August.

Imperial College Research Fellowships

Please contact Research Groups now. The Department of Physics deadline for the sponsor form to be signed by the Head of Department is 23rd August (AM).
The following already sponsor a ICRF fellow and are not eligible to accept an applicant this round: Prof Fay Dowker, Prof Ulrik Egede, Prof Alan Heavens, Prof Mark Neil, Prof J Roy Taylor.

Royal Astronomical Society Fellowships

Please contact Research Groups now. Groups must submit supported nominations to the Department review by 30th August 2019.  Nominations consist of  CV, publications list, brief research summary


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