Research Fellow

Research Fellow(S)

This scheme is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research careers and have the potential to become leaders in their field. These long-term fellowships provide the opportunity and freedom to build an independent research career in the UK or the Republic of Ireland and pursue cutting-edge scientific research. 

Until 2022, the University Research Fellowship (URF) was a five-year fellowship, with the option to apply for a three-year extension. From the 2022 application round onwards, applicants have the opportunity to submit a research proposal and costs for an eight-year fellowship. Costs for years six to eight are subject to satisfactory progress and completion of a mid-fellowship checkpoint review at the start of year four. Additionally, researchers can now apply for up to £90,000 in research expenses per annum to support the research program proposed in their application.