Fellowships

About the Department

The Department of Chemistry is part of the University of Oxford’s Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division. The Department has held a Silver Athena SWAN award since November 2015.

We offer an excellent environment for talented and committed researchers to develop from the postdoctoral stage of their careers towards becoming established as Chemistry research leaders of the future.

We welcome applications from outstanding individuals who are looking to develop their independent research identity.

Why apply to hold a Fellowship at Oxford?

We offer an excellent research environment, access to world class facilities, training programmes, and mentorship. If your application is supported by the Department and has secured funding, we will provide you with office and laboratory space for your group, and access to our specialist facilities.

Early Career Fellowships provide complete independence but without the usual teaching or administrative demands. This gives researchers the time and ability to develop their independent research, apply for additional funding, network, travel to conferences, and build an international reputation.

We encourage and facilitate collaboration, both within the Department and the wider University, and with other universities, research institutes, and industrial partners. Many of our Early Career Fellows secure permanent positions at Oxford or other institutions - in many cases at some of the most prestigious departments and research institutions in the UK and worldwide. Our Fellows have a strong record of obtaining highly competitive funding such as ERC or UKRI grants.

Training and support

The Department and the MPLS Division offer a programme of training and development courses for Early Career and postodctoral researchers designed to support you in carrying out your research and progressing your career. All new researchers are offered a mentor from a different research group as a personal point of contact.

The Department has a dedicated Early Career Research Facilitator who will:

  • Assist with applications, and understanding of funder requirements
  • Help you obtain letters of support
  • Liaise with the University's Research Services team on your behalf
  • If you are invited to interview, arrange mock interviews and internal review of your application

A member of our finance team will be able to assist you with costing of proposals.

For more information please contact Katherine Rooke

Applying for Early Career and Postdoctoral Fellowships

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For those wishing to work with a supervisor to develop their own independent project

Some postdoctoral fellowships are subject to an internal selection process before application. Please contact the academic supervisor you are interested in working with and the Research Facilitation team to discuss your application.

If you are unsure of who to approach, you can start by contacting the relevant Research Theme lead or the Research Facilitation team.

For those wishing to develop their own independent research group

Departmental support is required before application. You can obtain support by going through the Expression of Interest (EoI) process - see guidelines here.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss their research ideas with a member (or members) of academic staff in the Department, especially those with whom they might seek to collaborate, and the Head of the most relevant Section.

Researchers are also encouraged to contact Katherine Rooke at an early stage to discuss the application process, or if you have questions as to whether you need to submit an EoI.

Application process

If you would like to apply for an independent research fellowship hosted in our department, please submit the following documents to the Head of Department’s Office:

  • Complete EoI form
  • Research proposal (2 pages maximum - anything beyond 2 pages will not be reviewed)
  • CV
  • Ensure brief supporting statements from two referees are submitted directly to the Head of Department's Office
EoI deadlines

EoIs are reviewed on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 31 August 2021
  • Tuesday 18 January 2022
  • Tuesday 31 May 2022

Fellowships and schemes

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Scheme Duration Eligibility Funder Deadline Suggested EoI Deadline
Future Leaders Fellowship 4 years with possible extension to 7 years See person specification Feb A separate EoI process will be announced when the call is opened

 

 

Scheme Duration Eligibility Funder Deadline Suggested EoI Deadline
Postdoctoral Fellowships 3 years See person specification. Currently only available in Maths and Energy

April

September

January

Not required
Open Fellowships 5 years See guidance Apply at any time

January

May

August

 

 

Scheme Duration Eligibility Funder Deadline Suggested EoI Deadline
Independent Research Fellowships 5 years   October May
Scheme Duration Eligibility Deadline Suggeted EoI Deadline
Discovery Fellowships 3 years <5 years post PhD May Not required
David Philips Fellowships 5 years >3 years post PhD May January

 

Scheme Duration Eligibility Funder Deadline Suggested EoI deadline
Career Development Award 5 years Postdoctoral researcher

April

September

January

May

 

Scheme Duration Eligibility Deadline  Suggested EoI Deadline
*Early Career Fellowships 3 years <4 years post PhD February Not required

* These fellowships only provide only 50% of the salary. You would need to discuss with your potential supervisor how to fund the remaining 50%.

Scheme Duration Eligibility Deadline Suggested EoI Deadline
University Research Fellowship 5 years 3-8 years post PhD September May
Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

5 years

<6 years post PhD

Needs for flexible support

November May

 

Scheme Duration Eligibility Deadline Suggested EoI Deadline
Wellcome Early Career Awards 5 years <3 years post PhD

February

October

January

May

Wellcome Career Development Awards 8 years Mid Career  Researcher

March

November

January

May

 

 

Scheme Duration Eligibility Deadline  Suggested EoI Deadline
*Ramsay Memorial Fellowships 2 years   November Not required

* These fellowships only provide only 50% of the salary. You would need to discuss with your potential supervisor how to fund the remaining 50%.

Scheme Duration Eligibility Deadline Suggested EoI Deadline
Daphne Jackson Fellowships 2 years After a career break of two or more years No deadlines 3-4 months before you plan to apply

 

Scheme Duration Eligibility Deadline Suggested EoI Deadline
European Research Council Starting Grant 5 years 2-7 years post PhD

Expected Jan 2022

August
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship     October  

 

Scheme Duration Eligibility Deadline Suggested EoI Deadline
Research Fellowships 3 years <3 years post PhD February Not required but there is an internal selection process

 

Scheme Duration Eligibility Deadline Suggested EoI Deadline
Newton International Fellowships 2 years   June Not required but there is an internal selection process
Canon Foundation Research Fellowships    

February

September

No deadline
CRUK Career Development Fellowships    

January

July

August

May

Scheme Duration Eligibility Deadline Suggested EoI Deadline
Junior Research Fellow        
Glasstone Fellowship     October Not required

 

Funder Scheme Duration Eligibility
Daphne Jackson BHF-Daphne Jackson Fellowships 2 years After a career break of two or more years
British Heart Foundation Career Re-entry Research Fellowship 4 years After a career break of two or more years