Overview

The scheme provides the opportunity for the best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years.

Applicants must have a PhD by the time the grant starts, but no more than 7 years active full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application. You must be currently working outside the UK and not hold a UK citizenship. You must be able to submit a clearly-defined and mutually-benefitial proposal agreed with a host scientist here in Oxford.
Funding is for 2 years and covers a stipend for the applicant of £30k per annum and up to £8k per annum of research expenses. Up to £3.5k is also avalailable for relocation, and funding can be requested to cover visa costs for dependants.
Applications are submitted through the Royal Society's application portal: Flexigrant. Further information is available on the Royal Society's webpages where there is additional information for applicants from specific partner countries.

Deadlines and Timescales (2022)

Applications for 2022 are now closed (funder deadline 16/3/22). We expect the next call to run in Spring 2023 and this page will be updated when call details are announced.

All candidates interested in applying with Oxford Physics as their host institution will be required to submit an expression of interest (EOI) comprising of your CV, publication list and 1 page summary of proposed research project. The internal deadline for submission of an EOI for the 2023 call will be updated here when the call details are announced.

You will also need an Oxford Physics academic sponsor (co-applicant) you will be working with. Please make sure you have contacted them to confirm their support for your application prior to submission on your EOI.  

Guidance and useful info

References are required from the UK Head of Sub-Department, your UK co-applicant, your current supervisor overseas and two nominated referees. The latter should be able to comment independently and authoritatively on your application. One should be nominated by the applicant and one by the UK co-applicant. One must be nominated by yourself, and one by the UK co-applicant. Referees should not be from the same institution as the applicant or UK co-applicant, nor should they be your former or current supervisor. All referees must be invited to the application in Flexigrant and you must make them aware that they need to log in to the system and complete the reference online. You will not be able to submit your proposal for mandatory institutional approval until all elements, including references are complete, so please make sure your referees are able to complete the reference several days ahead of the funder deadline.

NB- successful fellows will have visitor status rather than being employed by the University of Oxford and therefore your research project and additional proposed activities must be tailored to reflect this: not all research proposals will therefore be suitable for this scheme. Please discuss your proposal with your local collaborators and the Research Facilitation team as soon as possible for further advice if you are interested in applying.