Chemistry at the University of Liverpool

Fellowship opportunities

Independent Research Fellowships support researchers as they develop from post-doctoral stage of their career towards being established researchers. The Department seeks to encourage applications from outstanding individuals who are looking to develop their independent research. We encourage applications from external candidates.

Funding for the most prestigious fellowships is very competitive. The following are schemes for which we support multiple applications every year. All applications for fellowships will require approval by the Department.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss their research ideas with a member (or members) of academic staff in the Department, especially those with whom they might seek to collaborate. We strongly suggest contacting the relevant staff in the department at least 3 months before the deadline for each scheme.

For those applications endorsed by the Department the resources and support provided include the infrastructure, lab and office space, release from teaching/administration and administrative, computational and research support. We will offer specific mentoring from research leaders from the Department. There is usually departmental PhD support provided with the ability to apply for further support via Departmental mechanisms and supervision of MChem project students.

There will be access to all of the Departments analytical facilities including, solution and solid state NMR, MS, X-ray powder and single crystal diffraction, CHN analysis, HPLC, etc.). The work we have done in attaining the Silver standard in Athena-SWAN has produced a highly supportive environment for all of our staff.

If you are looking to apply for one of these fellowships and would like to base it at the University of Liverpool, please contact relevant members of academic staff or the Head of Department at least 3 months before the deadline for each scheme.


1851 Fellowships

Three year fellowship intended to give early career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise an opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation.


BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships

The David Phillips Fellowship will provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. Awards are for 5 years, and include personal salary and a significant research support grant to enable fellows to establish their own independent research group. It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded, each at a value of up to £1M (80% fEC). Applicants should have at least 3 years of active postdoctoral research experience.


Daphne Jackson Fellowships

Daphne Jackson Fellowships offer STEM professionals the opportunity to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for a family, health or caring reason. It is the opportunity to balance a personlised retraining programme with a challenging research project, held in a supportive UK university or research establishment.


EPSRC Fellowships

Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience; however, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience or whether you hold (or do not hold) a permanent academic position.


L’Oréal UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science

Each year, the programme recognises the achievements of exceptional female scientists across the globe and awards them with Fellowships to help further their research. The National Fellowships, such as the For Women in Science UK & Ireland programme, are run in 46 countries around the world. Each National Fellowship helps female scientists at a critical point in their career to continue to pursue their research with flexible financial aid.


The Royal Society - University Research Fellowships

 This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their career (3-8 years post-PhD) who have the potential to become leaders in their field. Funding is for 5 years with a possibility to extend to 8.The deadline is expected to be in September.


The Royal Society – Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowships

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.


UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

This new scheme supports early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential. It offers a permanent academic post at the end of a 7-year Fellowship, following a successful evaluation. The FLF scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants and you should use the person specification on the FLF website to assess and justify your suitability for the scheme. Our department supports outstanding candidates.


For all other Fellowship schemes

Please contact the Head of Department well ahead of the scheme deadline in order to establish the required support and discuss fit to the Department Research strategy.