ISSF Springboard Fellowships 2021/2022

ISSF Springboard Fellowships provide flexible funding for up to 12 months to help with the career progression and retention of early career researchers. Funding in partnership with Departments, these awards are intended as short-term fellowships to enable these researchers to acquire preliminary data and develop the independence required to be competitive for future external fellowship applications.  

These fellowships are open to researchers across ALL Faculties in College, to undertake research within the science remit of the Wellcome Trust. Researchers from disciplines outside of biomedicine can apply for funding, provided the project is within this remit. Please read the science remit of the Wellcome Trust.

Multidisciplinary applications are strongly encouraged. We also encourage applications from female scientists and scientists from a diverse set of backgrounds who are currently underrepresented in this scheme.

Since the events of Summer 2020 and the Black Lives Matter movement, we are looking to be even more proactive in ensuring all our opportunities are open to all groups as part of the bigger effort to make Imperial a truly inclusive place to work. We are aware this ISSF has not supported many fellows from a Black background, so are proactively trying to increase awareness of this scheme and to attract applications from a broader pool of people. Therefore, we want potential PIs to keep this in mind, so if you work with researchers; collaborators from a different discipline; or external to Imperial, this is an ideal an opportunity to encourage them to stay at, or join, Imperial.

The fellowship can be hosted within any of Imperial's four faculties, you can identify potential supervisors by searching on the faculties and departments webpage. The Faculty of Medicine also has an A to Z research directory webpage which covers a wide range of disciplines and focus areas. Please visit the A-Z research directory webpage.

If you require assistance in identifying a potential Imperial supervisor, please contact Dr Sarah Essilfie-Quaye at  We cannot guarantee that an appropriate supervisor will be found.


"The fellowship covers salary costs PLUS up to £15,000 for consumables. e.g. £35,000 salary + £9,000 consumables = £17,500 + £4,500 to be paid from the department and £17,500 + £4,500 to be paid from ISSF. There are usually 2-3 awards per call."

The call for applications is now open

The Application Deadline 16 November 2021

Departments are expected to make a 50% contribution to the award. All applications must be discussed with the relevant Departmental Manager prior to submission.

The deadline for departmental signoff 2 November 2021.

ISSF Springboard Fellowships 2021/2022

How to Apply

Applications must comprise of the following: 

  1. A completed ISSF Springboard Fellowships application form, please contact to request an application form and a copy of the guidelines.
  2. Letter of support from the host/supervisor
  3. A copy of your Worktribe summary statement
    1. The Worktribe costing should not be submitted for approval but must have been agreed in outline by the appropriate department(s)
      1. An e-mail signifying approval will suffice and must be attached to the Worktribe summary statement
    2. ‘Recovery’ on Worktribe must have the 50% charge and ‘Institution Contribution’ the other 50%.  All costs can be inflated.
    3. Departments should cc when contacting CBS re the CBS costing tool. The CBS approval email must also be sent directly to this ISSF email account. 

You are required to contact your department to seek departmental approval before 2 Nov 2021.

All fellowships must commence by end March 2022


How to Submit

  • Convert items 1-3 to PDF and combine into a single document in that order.
    > Name the file appropriately: Your_Name_ISSFSpringboard_November_2021

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines
Departmental DeadlineApplication Deadline Decision Expected 
2 November 2021 16 November 2021 After 16 December 2021
You are required to contact your department to seek departmental approval before 2 November 2021
Interested applicants should discuss their application with their departmental contact before Friday 28th September 2018

Departmental Contacts

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Medicine

Department of Infectious Disease: Paula Kirby  

Department of Brain Sciences: Paula Kirby  

Department of Immunology & Inflammation: Dania Grant-Serroukh 

Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction: Dania Grant-Serroukh 

National Heart and Lung Institute: Alun Owen

Department of Surgery and Cancer: Rita Carvalho,  

Institute of Clinical Sciences:  Peter Norsworthy

School of Public Health: Lyndsey Pallant (applicants  should copy in their departmental managers as appropriate)

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Maths: Svanidze, Rusudan

PhysicsHayward, Louise
*Physics are not participating in the October 2021 call

Centre for Environmental Policy: Gourlay, Anca

Grantham: Laila Read

Chemistry: Chemistry Fellowships
*Chemistry are not participating in the October 2021 call

Life Sciences: Fellowships Committee*
*Life Sciences are not participating in the October 2021 call

Imperial College Business School

Head of Research Support: Dr David Wilson

Research Support Manager: Ross Clark

ISSF Springboard Fellowships 2020/2021 Documents

For further information and eligibility, please email to request a copy of the guidelines and application form.

Please complete the ISSF Springboard Fellowship Application Form and ‌submit to‌ before 12noon 16 November 2021.

Find out more about previous fellowship/award holders on the College's Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund case studies webpage.