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Support for making fellowship and grant applications is provided centrally by the University’s Research Services, and locally in your department. 

The University’s central Research Services provide advice on finding and applying for funding, costing and pricing grant applications, managing awards, knowledge exchange, and research integrity.

Your PI or the Research Facilitator in your department will be also able to advise you on making applications for a research grant or fellowship.

College Junior Research Fellowships 

Where possible we will post information here about current college opportunities.

Linacre College Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships: 13 two-year JRFs available from 1 October 2022 in a range of disciplines. Candidates must demonstrate they have adequate funding and the support of their academic unit for the duration of the Fellowship. Closing date: Friday 14th January 2022.


Colleges regularly offering JRFs in the sciences include:

Corpus Christi College: The College normally appoints two non-stipendiary JRFs a year, one in the humanities/social sciences and one in the sciences. Applicants should be close to completing their doctorate, or have obtained it within the last 2 years.

Kellogg College: Offer non-stipendiary junior research fellowships, typically advertised from September.

Linacre College: non-stipendiary junior research fellowships. Advertised annually in November/December, with interviews in spring.

Magdalen College: Fellowships by examination.

New College: Invite applications for stipendiary and one non-stipendiary junior research fellowships each year, typically in September. Please check college website.

Merton College, Christ Church and St John’s College invite applications for stipendiary junior research fellowships each year, typically in September. Please check college websites.

The Queen’s College: 'extraordinary' (i.e. non-stipendiary) Junior Research Fellowships. Check website for opportunities.

St. Catherine’s College: Check website for opportunities.

St. Hilda’s College: Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships. Usually advertised from September.

Wadham College: Research Associates

Wolfson College: Non-stipendiary JRFs and RFs in Clinical and Non-Clinical Sciences, usually advertised from September.

Opportunities are also advertised on the Conference of Colleges site.

Research Councils (UKRI)

UKRI runs the Future Leaders Fellowships which support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments to tackle difficult and novel challenges with adventurous, ambitious programmes.

The BBSRC has four schemes

  • David Phillips Fellowships: Supports outstanding researchers to conduct very high-quality research and establish independent academic careers
  • Discovery Fellowships (previously Future Leader Fellowship): Supports researchers who show excellent potential and who wish to undertake independent research in a host research group and gain the skills required to be successful in future leadership roles
  • The Daphne Jackson Fellowship: Supports scientists wishing to return to research after a career break of two of more years. The scheme is administered by the Daphne Jackson Trust
  • Enterprise Fellowships: Supports researchers to develop a full business plan and seek investment for a business idea based upon BBSRC research, and provides the training needed to achieve this successfully. This scheme is administered by the Royal Society of Edinburgh

EPSRC Fellowships scheme: supports three career stages - postdoctoral, early career and established career.

NERC fellowships: Independent Research Fellowships provide opportunities for outstanding early-career environmental scientists to devote their time to producing research of international importance; developing their research careers and research groups; and developing into recognised science leaders.

STFC fellowships

Discipline-specific awards from learned societies and trusts

A number of organisations provide support to researchers, particularly those early in their career, to enable them to advance their careers as independent researchers. They are usually targeted at specific research areas or specific groups. These opportunities will usually be advertised on the MPLS website and to Research Facilitators in MPLS departments. Funders often impose restrictions on the number of applications that each university can submit to a scheme. You can also regularly check the University’s Coordinated Bids website, which sets out the timetable and process for any internal prioritisation processes to select the Oxford candidates when restrictions apply.

British Heart Foundation: provide personal support for clinical and non-clinical cardiovascular researchers at all stages of their career; grants for short and long term research projects, essential infrastructure and strategic initiatives.

Culham Fusion research fellowships

European Southern Observatory: the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year in both Germany and Chile.

London Mathematical Society, Grace Chisholm Young Fellowships: offers two fellowships each year to mathematicians who need support when their mathematical career is interrupted by family responsibilities, relocation of partner, or other similar circumstance, making possible some continuous mathematical activity, so enabling the fellow to be in a position to apply for posts when circumstances allow.

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships: recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research.

Royal Academy of Engineering - Research Fellowships: designed to promote excellence in engineering. They provide support for high-quality engineers and encourage them to develop successful academic research careers.

Royal Astronomical Society: including the Norman Lockyer and RAS Research Fellowships.

Schmidt Science Fellows, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust: fourteen-month programme to broaden scientific and societal horizons of graduate students between finishing their DPhil and starting a research career. Advertised on the MPLS website and to MPLS departments when available.

Violette and Samuel Glasstone Research Fellowships in Science: provide the opportunity to conduct original research at Oxford for outstanding scientists at an early stage of their research career. Fellowships can be held in the departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Materials, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Sciences and Statistics. Advertised by recruiting departments through the University’s jobs pages.

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Fellowships: The Trust offer a portfolio of personal support schemes to cover the key stages of a research career. All awardees are provided with a salary or stipend, and a budget for research expenses. Support is available for basic biomedical scientists, clinically qualified investigators (including clinical psychologists, dentists and veterinarians) and public health researchers. It also supports low- and middle-income country scientists working in public health or tropical medicine.

General fellowships, available in all areas

AXA Junior Research Fellowship: The mission of the AXA Research Fund is to fund academic research dedicated to a better understanding of important hazards, risks and threats and current global societal challenges within three clusters: socioeconomic risks, environmental risks and life risks. Each year, the AXA Research Fund offers twenty-five (25) Post-Doctoral Fellowships to outstanding researchers.

Daphne Jackson Trust (Royal Society): designed to return STEM professionals to their careers after a break. Fellows normally carry out their research part-time over 2 years, in a university or research establishment in the UK.

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships: for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

European Research Council: Starting Grants 

Leverhulme Trust: Early Career Fellowships to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie: Research Fellowship Programme [link not currently available]

The Royal Society: Early Career and Senior Career Fellowships

Schlumberger Foundation, Faculty for the Future: supports women from developing countries in their pursuit of advanced graduate studies in STEM at leading universities worldwide.

Wiener-Anspach Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB): The Foundation awards grants to postdoctoral researchers from Oxford or Cambridge University who wish to undertake research at the ULB. These grants are open to researchers in any field. 

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