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Royal Society University Research Fellowship for Early-career Scientists,UK 2020

This scheme is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field.

The scheme offers you the opportunity to:

  1. build an independent research career
  2. focus on your own research, with a limit on administrative and teaching duties
  3. hold your fellowship on a part-time basis to suit personal circumstances

This scheme is highly flexible to accommodate for part-time working, sabbaticals and secondments. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, adoptive or extended sick leave (PDF).

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About The Royal Society

The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas.... read more


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Aim and Benefits of The Royal Society Research

Research Fellows salary: 80% of the basic salary costs up to £40,681.46 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs

Research expenses: 

  1. Contribution to research expenses of £13,000 in year one and £11,000 per year thereafter
  2. Additional research expenses of up to £40,000 in 2020/21 will also be awarded

Research assistance: 

  1. Contribution to a postdoctoral research assistant and/or a four-year PhD studentship
  2. Equipment costs
  3. Support for public engagement activities
  4. Funding for training and professional development for the Research Fellow and any staff or students supported by the grant

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Requirements for The Royal Society Research Qualification

Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society.

Researchers addressing a direct biomedical research question should apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship. Those applying from Ireland (ROI) are funded by Science Foundation Ireland and will need to read the eligibility requirements in the specific scheme notes.

You can apply for this scheme if you:

  1. have between three to eight years of research experience since your PhD by the closing date of the round. Career breaks are taken into account; please refer to the scheme notes for further detail
  2. Do not hold a permanent post in a university or not for profit research organization
  3. Do not hold, or have not previously held, an equivalent fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status

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Interview date, Process and Venue for The Royal Society Research

Your application will go through the process detailed on the Making a grant application page overseen by the one of four research appointment panels based on your research area:

  1. Astronomy, cosmology, physics, earth sciences, environmental physical sciences & geosciences 
  2. Chemistry and engineering
  3. Pure and applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, communications and computer engineering; the mathematical aspects of astronomy, physics, cosmology, gravitation, theoretical physics
  4. Molecular and cellular biology, zoology, plant sciences and physiology

Interviews will be held in late March to mid-April at the Royal Society - you are advised to keep this period free. You will be notified of the result of the application process in May.

We are committed to supporting applicants with disabilities. If you require a reasonable adjustment during the application process, please contact the team on [email protected].

Below, you can read case studies from our University Research Fellows. You can also read an in-depth report on the career pathways of our alumni on the Career Pathway Tracker page.

For more information regarding the scheme, please contact the Grants team on [email protected] or call us on +44 20 7451 2666.


Application Deadline

September 3, 2019


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to The Royal Society on grants.royalsociety.org to apply
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