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.
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, please contact us. Similarly, please let us know if we have missed an award that you feel would be suitable.
|Name||Eligibility||Length of fellowship||Institution||Advisor|
|Herschel Smith||3 years postdoc. PhD not at Cambridge or Harvard||2 -3 years||University of Cambridge||Sofia Otero|
|Junior Research Fellowship||2 years postdoc||4 years||King’s College (University of Cambridge)|
|Name||Eligibility||Length of fellowship||Advisor(s)|
|L’Oréal UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science||Females. 10 year postdoc||1 year|
|The Daphne Jackson Trust||2 or more years career break||2 years part time|
|Sir Henry Wellcome||2 years postdoc||4 years||Sophie Morgani|
|Research Fellowships – The Leverhulme Trust||Post PhD||3-12 months|
|Research Career Re-entry Fellowships – Wellcome Trust||At least 2 years postdoc and 2 year continuous career break||Up to 4 years||Sara Morais da Silva|
|Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship||6 years postdoc max||5 years||Amanda Sferruz-Perri|
|Immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Fellowships – British Heart Foundation||2 years postdoc max||4 years|
|Newton International Fellowships||Non-British and working outside UK. No more than 7 years postdoc||2 years||Joanna Rakoczy|
|Axa fellowships||3 years postdoc max||1.5 – 2 years|
|Human Frontiers Science Programme Long Term Fellowships||3 years postdoc max. Must have got PhD outside UK||3 years|
Fellowships outside the UK
|Name||Eligibility||Country||Length of fellowship||Advisor(s)|
|European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Long-Term Fellowships||2 years postdoc max||Must go to country other than where obtained PhD||2 years||Jorge Beira|
|Marie Curie Actions Individual Fellowships – European||At least 4 years postdoc||Must travel to an EU country or move within europe||1 – 2 years|
|Marie Curie Actions Individual Fellowships – European||EU researcher with at least 4 years postdoc||Must go from EU to a non EU country||3 years|