An overview of EPSRC Fellowships

EPSRC Open and OpenPlus fellowships support talented and ambitious researchers to deliver research excellence and lead our research base in evolving towards a modern working culture.

Our fellowships provide applicants with the flexibility and freedom to design a package that fits their career ambitions, research needs and personal development requirements.

Your project can focus on discovery science, innovation, instrumentation/technique development or software engineering, or a combination of these. Applications for Open Fellowships can be across any topic in the EPSRC portfolio. OpenPlus Fellowships enable elements of technical, skills, personal and professional development. Postdoctoral opportunities will vary across our themes as detailed within the application guidance document.

You can apply for up to three years of support for postdoctoral awards, and up to five years of support for open awards. We will also allow fellowships over shorter periods. You can spend between 50% and 100% of your time on a fellowship. If you want to work part-time, you can hold your EPSRC fellowship part-time as well, at a minimal level of 50% FTE. In these circumstances, the duration of your fellowship can be extended pro rata.

We will also run calls that can be found in the UKRI Funding finder, including:

  • postdoctoral fellowships
  • open fellowships
  • synthetic biology postdoctoral fellowships

Last updated: 31 July 2023

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