University of Bath

University of Bath Prize Fellowships

We're looking for early career researchers with the potential to become research leaders. Find out if you're eligible for the scheme and how to apply.

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The University of Bath Prize Fellowship Scheme offers a fast track route to a permanent appointment

Become a rising research star

Our Prize Fellowship Scheme will nurture your research career and fast-track you to a permanent appointment at Bath. This managed scheme offers you a supportive environment to pursue top-level research and reach your potential as a future academic leader in your field.

We are looking for 21 early stage researchers across a range of disciplines.

As a Prize Fellow, you must:

  • hold a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • be able to conduct high-quality research as an independent researcher
  • have demonstrated potential to attract research funds
  • have an emerging publication track record in high-quality academic journals
  • have the potential to develop international research links
  • be able to promote research in the discipline, including public engagement
  • contribute to advanced undergraduate teaching and supervision, training and research of postgraduate students

Download the Prize Fellowships job description

Our Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and current Prize Fellows talk about the fellowships

Join our supportive research community

We have identified Fellowship opportunities in areas where our research already excels, including:

As a Prize Fellow, your work will strengthen our research capacity and build on our outstanding performance in REF 2014.

Read more about our research impact

Fast-track to a permanent appointment

The Prize Fellowship Scheme is now in its third cycle.

Your role will include teaching, making grant bids, developing international links and taking part in public engagement.

You will spend the first two years in the scheme as a Research Fellow (Grade 8). If your performance meets our standards, you will then transfer to a permanent academic contract as a probationary Lecturer (Assistant Professor). After three successful years as a probationary Lecturer, we will confirm your appointment as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader (Associate Professor).

Download full details of the scheme

Apply online

Apply through the University's job vacancy listing, or through the faculty, school and institute pages.

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2017, unless otherwise stated in the advert.

Your application must include:

  • a completed application form
  • a CV
  • an outline of your research plans or proposals, showing how you will complement and enhance research within your area

As part of the application, we will ask you which priority area of research you wish to apply for. If you are applying for more than one research area within the same faculty, school or institute, you should specify this on your application.

If you are applying to more than one faculty, school or institute, you will need to submit separate applications for each vacancy. To help you with this, our online recruitment system allows you to save previous applications and re-submit them.

Faculty, school and institute-specific job descriptions can be viewed when applying for individual vacancies.

See our job vacancies

Be part of a leading university

Being ranked in the top five of the UK's universities and colleges by the Guardian University Guide is testament to being one of the UK's leading universities, with an international reputation for the quality of our research and teaching.

We are very much a people organisation and value the contributions made by all our staff, in both academic and supporting roles.

To find out more about what we have to offer, please visit:

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Equality and diversity

The University is committed to equality and diversity of employment, education and service provision. We have received a bronze award from the Athena SWAN Charter scheme (Scientific Women's Academic Network), which recognises and celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all.

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The University is recognised for excellence in STEMM employment in higher education

Read more about the Athena Swan Charter

Women in science, technology and engineering

We are also a member of the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE campaign).

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We support the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE campaign)