University Research Fellowships

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their career who have the potential to become leaders in their field. Applicants must not hold a permanent academic position, nor have previously held an independent research fellowship and must have between 3 and 8 years experience since your PhD at the close of the round. The scheme is open to applicants of all nationalities.
Funding is available for 5 years and includes the applicant's salary and funding towards research expenses as outlined in the funder guidance/website.
Applications are submitted through the Royal Society's application portal - Flexigrant

Deadline and timescales (2021)

  • The deadline for 2021 is 7th September.
  • Send a one-page outline, CV and publication list to the Facilitation Team by 28th June for Departmental approval to apply. You will also be required to confirm the name of your academic sponsor within Oxford Physics and nominate a second internal academic as second reader of your proposal.
  • Call to open in Flexigrant on 13th July. Applicants to start application in Flexigrant. Give Research Facilitators access under the 'Research Support' Role (grants@physics.ox.ac.uk). Invite the appropriate Head of Sub-Department and your referees.
  • Send costing requests to Research Facilitators and first draft of your application to Research Facilitators and your academic readers by 26th July.
  • Applications to be completed by you by the 24th August to allow for internal approval.
  • Applications to be submitted to Research Services by 31st August.

Guidance and useful information

Once we know that you intend to apply we will be able to send you our internal guidance documents, and we also provide some online training for this scheme.

***We will be running online information sessions for those selected to apply through Oxford Physics on Thursday 15th July (4pm) and Friday 16th July (10am)***

Your application must contain a statement of support from both the Head of Department and two nominated referees. One should be someone who has worked closely with you and one should be external to your current research group. One should be from outside of your chosen host institution and should ideally be international.

Important: both referees (and the Head of Department) must sign in to Flexigrant to directly upload their statements of support, so you must make sure you've invited them from within the portal and that they are able to log in and complete the references at least a few days before the funder deadline. The portal will not allow your application to be sent through the mandatory institutional approval steps until all components are marked as complete.

The interview stage is an important part of the selection process so if you are invited for interview please notify the facilitation team and your local academic contacts as soon as possible so that mock interviews can be arranged in advance of the real interview.

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

This scheme is very similar to the URFs, for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their career who have the potential to become leaders in their field but who also have a demonstrable need for a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting/caring responsibilities or health issues. Applicants must be in the early stages of their career having either recently completed their PhD or have up to 6 years research experience since your PhD at the closing date of the round. Applicants must also not have a permanent academic position at the time of application; applicants may be of any nationality. Funding is available for 5 years and includes the applicant's salary and funding towards research expenses as outlined in the funder guidance/website.
Applications are submitted through the Royal Society's application portal - Flexigrant.

Deadline and timescales (2021)

The deadline for 2021 is 10th November. We are operating an internal selection process. Please send the Facilitation Team your CV, publications list and one page outline proposal by 30th August 2021 to obtain Departmental approval to apply. Please cc your academic sponsor and ask them to email us to confirm their support for your application. We will also require you to confirm your second academic reader who will give feedback on your draft application.