Research & Innovation Services

Support for Royal University Research Fellowships

The Royal University Research Fellowship (URF) call opens 17 July 2017 with a deadline of 4 Sept 2017 3pm.

RIS are providing proposal development support if you are interested in applying. Researchers intending to submit for this round must email the Research Development team by no later than Wednesday 12 July.

The URF provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.

The fellowship covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. Researchers addressing a direct biomedical research question should apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship.

Further information on URF

Suitable individuals of any nationality can apply for a University Research Fellowship to be held in an eligible UK host research organisation.

You can apply for this scheme if you:

  • Have a PhD (note, we will not consider applicants who have just submitted their PhD)
  • Are in the early stages of your research career and have between 3 to 8 years of research experience since your PhD by the closing date of the round (note, career breaks are taken into account)
  • Do not hold a permanent post in a university or not for profit research organisation
  • Do not hold or have not held a fellowship to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status, i.e. submitting research grants as a PI or primary supervisor of a PhD student (note holders of postdoctoral fellowships such as MCSA can apply. Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows who meet with the research experience eligibility requirements outlined above can also apply).

The scheme provides

80% of the basic salary costs up to £40,030.34 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs. (Under the full economic costing model, 80% of these costs will be met by the Royal Society).
Research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter).

Full information.