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Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2022


Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2022

Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2022 (up to £90,000)

Deadline: September 6, 2022

Applications are invited for the Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2022. 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 fields.

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 this point, the University Research Fellowship (URF) has been a five-year fellowship, with the option to apply for a three-year extension. From the current round onwards, applicants will have the opportunity to submit a research proposal and costs for an eight-year fellowship. Costs for years six to eight will be subject to satisfactory progress and completion of a mid-fellowship checkpoint review at the start of year four. In addition to the change regarding the duration of the fellowships, the award value has also been updated with respect to previous rounds.


The scheme provides:

  • Research Fellow’s salary: 80% of the basic salary costs up to £41,675 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs
  • Contribution to research expenses of £90,000 per annum


Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research and biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics.

Those applying from Ireland (ROI) are funded by Science Foundation Ireland and will need to read the eligibility requirements in the specific scheme notes.

You can apply for this scheme if you:

  • have between three to eight years of research experience since your Ph.D. by the closing date of the round. Career breaks are taken into account;
  • do not hold a permanent post (including the proleptic or rolling contract of employment) in a university or not-for-profit research organization
  • do not hold, or have not previously held, an equivalent fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status.


The University Research Fellowship scheme is now open to applications. This round will close on September 6, 2022, at 3pm UK time.

Your application will go through the process detailed on the Making a grant application page overseen by one of their five research appointment panels based on your research area.

  • Astronomy, cosmology, physics, earth sciences, environmental physical sciences & geosciences
  • Chemistry and engineering
  • Pure and applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, communications, and computer engineering; the mathematical aspects of astronomy, physics, cosmology, gravitation, theoretical physics
  • Molecular and cellular biology, zoology, plant sciences, and physiology
  • Biomedical Sciences

Click here to apply

For more information, see FAQ and visit the Royal Society.

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