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 8 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 (2022)

  • 4th July 2022 - Internal EOI Deadline. Send a one-page outline, CV and publication list to the Facilitation Team (fellowships@physics.ox.ac.uk) for Departmental approval to apply. Please cc in your Oxford Physics sponsor and let us know the name of your second reader for the proposal (a second internal academic). 
  • 19th/20th July - Training for successful EOI applicants. Interested applicants are asked to keep 10-11.30am Tuesday 19th July (in person training) or Wednesday 20th July 4-5.30pm (online session) free to attend. 
  • 21st July - Successful EOI 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.
  • 25th July - Send costing requests to Research Facilitators and first draft of your application to Research Facilitators and your sponsor and second reader.
  • 23rd August - Confirm your application is complete to Research Facilitators for final checks and internal approval.
  • 30th August - Applications to be submitted to Research Services on Flexigrant.
  • 6th September - Research Services to make final submission to Royal Society on Flexigrant. 

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 in July 2022. Tuesday 19th July 10-11.30am (in person session for those located in Oxford) and Wednesday 20th July 4-5.30pm (online session for those outside of Oxford)***

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 (2022)

25th August 2022 - Internal EOI Deadline. Send a one-page outline, CV and publication list to the Facilitation Team (fellowships@physics.ox.ac.uk) for Departmental approval to apply. Please cc in your Oxford Physics sponsor and let us know the name of your second reader for the proposal (a second internal academic). The funder deadline is 1st November 2022.