In this section you will find information relating to internal and external funding opportunities, events, conferences, news etc. available to postdoctoral and early career researchers.

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UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

The UKRI has launched a new Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme with the following objectives:

  •  to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes

The scheme will support early career researchers and innovators (senior academics and innovators are not permitted to apply) to transition to or establish independence in any area supported by UKRI.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

There will be an internal selection process in each College. 

  • For EPS please contact Claire Farrell to receive further information and application documentation, application deadline is 5pm on Friday 18th May 2018.
  • For LES please contact Helen Lambert to receive further information and application documentation, application deadline is 5pm on Friday 18th May 2018.



Community University Partnership Initiative

The Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI) supports community organisations (including community businesses, charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations) and university researchers to create trusting and useful research collaborations which benefit all the partners involved.  Each CUPI Match event is held in a specific geographical region, to enable partnerships to develop within that region. Therefore participation is invited from academics and individuals from community organisations who identify with that region e.g. through being based there, or working alongside people who live there.

A pilot match event will be taking place in Birmingham on July 3rd, 2018. Find out more on the CUPI webpage and register now for the Birmingham event (registration deadline 4 June, 2018).



Medical Research Council: Skills Development Fellowships

Closing Date: 27th July 2018 (Forecast)

The Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council invite applications for their skills development fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to develop new skills in a priority area as well as researchers at all career stages willing to transform their career. Fellowships are offered in the following priority areas which are not mutually exclusive:

•quantitative skills, covering mathematics, statistics, computation and informatics applicable to any biomedical or health related data sources;

•skills at the social science interface, focusing on health economics or mixed method research.

Applicants from a quantitative, economics or social science research background should be seeking to develop new expertise and skills by applying these methods to biomedical or health research across MRC’s remit. All applicants should be planning to acquire training in quantitative, economics or social science research methods as applied to biomedical or health research.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



University Research Conference 2018

Save the Date: 10th September 2018, Great Hall

Now in its second year, the University Research Conference brings together academic and professional services staff working on groundbreaking research at UoB. The day will offer a range of sessions designed to explore the delivery of effective and impactful research at the University and beyond. A call for session proposals has just been launched; if you would like more information about this visit the conference intranet site:  

New for this year the conference will include a group of sessions dedicated to linking researchers with key professional service teams for on-the-day advice and support as well as a range of sessions focusing on global innovation in research. We will be launching the Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Research Impact and welcoming another prominent keynote speaker to the conference.

The event is aimed at the University’s academic staff, and staff supporting research. If you would like to attend please hold this date in your diary and we will be in touch with further information as soon as this becomes available.  Keep an eye on the conference intranet site for more information or email us at


April 2018

Public Engagement Day

Tuesday 17th April 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm, Winterbourne House, (G11 on Campus Map).

Get Engaged!

The (almost) Annual Public Engagement with Research Day (PER Day) will be held on 17th April 2018 and we’d like to invite you along. Sign up to find out about public engagement at the University; what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, how you can get involved and how the PER team can help.

This is for you if you:

  • Are a researcher who wants to engage the public with your work
  • Want practical help and advice on doing PER
  • Want the bigger picture on the what, how and why of PER at UoB

The day will include:

  • An update on PER at Birmingham from Prof Alice Roberts
  • Showcasing of great PER projects
  • Practical skills workshops with engagement experts
  • Lots of other opportunities to find out more and get involved

The day will be held from 9:30am until 4:30pm (lunch included) at Winterbourne House and Garden and registration is open now. Unfortunately places are limited so priority will be given to researchers, but we will accommodate others wherever possible. Find out more & sign up HERE. Please direct any questions to the Public Engagement Team here



Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 18th April 2018

The Wellcome Trust invites preliminary applications for the Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships. These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in high quality research environments. Candidates are expected to identify a biomedical or population health research question and to develop the proposal and their scientific independence so as to go on to lead their own independent research.

Applicants must be in the final year of their PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with some initial postdoctoral experience. They must be a UK or European Economic Area national or have a PhD from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. Applicants must also have an eligible sponsoring institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland to administer the grant for the full tenure and to offer a mentor, who holds an established post at the host organisation, to provide independent support and advice.

Fellowships includes an award of £250,000 over four years on a full-time or part-time basis, covering the basic salary, fellowship supplement of £2,500 a year for personal support and research expenses.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

March 2018

Leverhulme Trust: Early-Career Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st March 2018

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its early-career fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. The research may be in any subject area, with the exception of studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, and research that is intended to inform clinical practice and the development of medical applications.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers

Start date: 5th March 2018.

An online course developed by the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Sheffield enabling you to explore different career options, learn what you want out of a career and understand how to implement good career decisions. The course lasts for three hours per week over four weeks.

 The basic course is free, with a charge made if you wish to access the upgrade and certificate of achievement.  Further information.

University of Birmingham Arts & Science Festival

12th-18th March 2018

The University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival is back for its sixth edition. Running 12–18 March 2018, the festival celebrates research, culture and collaboration across campus and beyond.  Join leading artists and academics as they respond to this year’s theme ‘Stop Start!’ and enjoy a diverse programme exploring life, death, time, movement, migration, attitudes, behaviours and a whole lot more...

Visit the website.

February 2018

Lindemann Trust Fellowships

Closing Date: Wednesday 14th February 2018

The English-Speaking Union invites applications for the Lindemann Trust fellowships. These enable postdoctoral scientists in both the pure and applied physical sciences to carry out research in the US. Fields of research include astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics and physics.

Applicants must be British, Irish or Commonwealth citizens, resident in the UK and have completed a doctorate within the last three years.

Up to three one-year fellowships, worth USD 40,000 each, plus £500 towards each fellow’s airfare are available.

For more information visit the funders’ webpage.


2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowship Awards Programme.

Deadline: Friday 16th February 2018

The fellowship awards are open to female early-career researchers working in the field of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences. Five outstanding female early-career scientists will be awarded a bursary of £15,000.

Applicants should apply online at

 Eligibility criteria and FAQs are available here:

This unique award is designed to provide practical help to aid female researchers in continuing their cutting-edge research. The fellowship can be spent as the fellow wishes; it could buy a piece of scientific equipment, help to cover child care costs or be used to fund conference travel.

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us at: