Fellowships

Transitioning from a PhD to postdoc and from postdoc to group leader is challenging. We’ve collated a list of postdoctoral fellowships for every stage of your career.

Postdoctoral Research-

This is a list of fellowships, suitable for recent PhD graduates in developmental biology, to fund postdocs within and outside the UK. This list will be updated as Brexit unfolds and new eligibility requirements arise. The majority of the eligibility requirements exclude career breaks. If you are unsure whether or not you can apply just email the funding body to ask.

Institution Specific

NameEligibilityDurationInstitutionAdvisor
Herschel Smith3 years postdoc. PhD not at Cambridge or Harvard2 -3 yearsUniversity of Cambridge Sofia Otero
Junior Research Fellowship2 years postdoc 4 yearsKing’s College (University of Cambridge)

National Fellowships

NameEligibilityDurationAdvisor(s)
L’Oréal UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women in ScienceFemales. 10 year postdoc1 year
The Daphne Jackson Trust2 or more years career break2 years part time
Sir Henry Wellcome2 years postdoc4 years Sophie Morgani
Research Fellowships – The Leverhulme TrustPost PhD3-12 months
Research Career Re-entry Fellowships – Wellcome TrustAt least 2 years postdoc and  2 year continuous career breakUp to 4 yearsSara Morais da Silva
Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship6 years postdoc max5 yearsAmanda Sferruz-Perri
Immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Fellowships – British Heart Foundation2 years postdoc max4 years
Newton International FellowshipsNon-British and working outside UK. No more than 7 years postdoc2 years Joanna Rakoczy
Axa fellowships3 years postdoc max1.5 – 2 years
Human Frontiers Science Programme Long Term Fellowships3 years postdoc max. Must have got PhD outside UK3 years

Fellowships Outside the UK

NameEligibilityCountryDurationAdvisor(s)
European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Long-Term Fellowships 2 years postdoc maxMust go to country other than where obtained PhD2 yearsJorge Beira
Marie Curie Actions Individual Fellowships – EuropeanAt least 4 years postdocMust travel to an EU country or move within europe 1 – 2 years

Starting Your Own Group-

This is a list of fellowships suitable for British developmental biologists looking to start their own group in and outside the UK. This list will be updated as Brexit unfolds and new eligibility requirements arise. Uniquely, developmental biologists, successful for a given award, have kindly agreed to act as advisors for the application process. Please only contact them for questions that aren’t answered on the funding body’s website. If you have been successful with one of the fellowships below and want to help grow our supportive community.

Establishing a group within the UK (institution-specific)

NameEligibilityDurationInstitutionAdvisor
Next Generation FellowshipsWithin 5 years of PhD 3 yearsUniversity of CambridgeAmanda Sferruz-Perri
Internally funded research fellowshipsWithin 8 years of PhD3 yearsUniversity of Nottingham

Establishing a group within the UK (national)

NameEligibilityDurationAdvisor(s)
Sir Henry Dale FellowshipsNo more than 7 years postdoc experience5 years Ben Steventon
Research Fellowships – The Leverhulme TrustPost PhD3-12 months
Research Leadership Award – The Leverhume TrustPost PhD4-5 years
Human Frontiers Science Program Young Investigators GrantCollaboration between groups. All leaders within 5 years of establishing group3 years
British Heart Foundation – Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowships3 – 6 years postdoc5 years
MRC Career Development AwardPhD holder (normally) no limit on years as a postdoc 5 yearsKristian Franze
Royal Society University Research Fellowship3 – 8 years postdoc5 years
Cancer Research UK Career Development3 – 8 years postdoc6 yearsRita Sousa-Nunes
RD Lawrence Fellowship3 -6 years postdocUp to 5 years
Research Project Grants – The Leverhume TrustGroup leader (to be, early or established) at UK university5 years
The Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowship3 < 10 years postdoc One-off cash prizeErica Watson

Establishing a group outside the UK

NameEligibilityCountryDurationAdvisor
Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation – Sofja Kovalevskaja Award6 years postdoc. Lived last 12 months outside Germany Germany5 years
Human Frontiers Science Program Young Investigators GrantCollaboration between groups. All leaders within 5 years of establishing groupMust collaborate across counties3 years
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