Physics research at the University of Liverpool

Fellowship opportunities

The following are schemes for which we support multiple applications every year.  To ensure submission of high-quality proposals, the department runs an internal selection process for all major fellowship applications. A personal statement with an expression of interest, including a 1-page summary of your proposed project, complete CV, and publication list, is required from all interested candidates around 3 months before the funder deadline.

We advise to get in touch as soon as possible with Head of Department, Head of Research & Impact and Heads of each research area sending an email to to express interest and discuss fit to the Department Research strategy. We also recommend to secure, prior application, the sponsorship of a local academic faculty member in the department, who will help to provide a strategic justification for supporting your fellowship within the context of the department’s research strategy. Once internally selected, a team of academic experts will be available to work with applicants over extended periods to develop high-quality proposals.  This process is particularly relevant for schemes who apply a quota on number of applications for each Department.


STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

The Science and Technology Facilities Council offer approximately 10 Fellowships each year to early-career researchers in astrophysics, particle physics, nuclear physics and accelerator physics. The deadline is usually in mid-September.  A quota system applies for each university and so the department runs an annual internal selection process for this scheme. It is therefore essential that you contact the team in charge of Fellowships ( and a member of academic staff with a research area similar to your interests as soon as possible for further information and guidance.

Funding is available for 5 years including applicant's salary, and limited research expenses and travel funding. Applicants must not have a permanent academic position, or equivalent and should refer to STFC's competency profile to determine their eligibility. The scheme is open to applicants of any nationality and further guidance is available on the STFC website.

June 2024 Internal Expression of Interest Deadline - The department sets an internal sifting process; applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest by the beginning of June to The provided documentation should consist of a 1-page summary of the research proposal, a complete CV and publication list. Applicants should cc in their local sponsor and the Head of the group relevant for their research (particle physics, nuclear physics or accelerator science). A list of potential referees is desirable.   
July 2024 Decision Taken - final decision is taken by the Research panel and communicate to applicants. The successful candidates will iterate with their local sponsor and experts in research and impact in the department to further develop their scientific case and a high-quality proposal. We will also offer advice on all costs that will need to be included, and on the support that can be provided by the Department. 
September 2024

Applications are submitted by the deadline in early September 2024.


The Royal Society - University Research Fellowships

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their career who have the potential to become leaders in their field. The deadline is expected to be in September.

Applicants must not hold a permanent academic position, nor have previously held an independent research fellowship and must have between 3 and 8 years experience since your PhD at the close of the round.

The scheme is open to applicants of all nationalities. Funding is available for 8 years and includes the applicant's salary and funding towards research expenses as outlined in the funder guidance website. Applications are submitted through the Royal Society's application portal - Flexigrant.

There is no quota associated to this scheme, so the department runs an annual internal selection process to ensure that applications are of high-quality and fit well within our departmental strategy.

Deadlines, requirements and timelines for 2024 are similar to STFC ERF. However, the UoL offers peer review and mock interview at Institutional level as well. If any applicant wants to take advantage of this, please contact us ( as early as possible.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

This 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.

In this case the University runs an internal selection process to decide candidates to be supported for final applications. The case for support should make clear the long-term aims of the programme, and why they matter – while providing more specific plans and costings for the first four years.

Deadlines and timelines for round 8 (2024)

UKRI have recently issued the guidance for Round 9 of the Future Leaders Fellowships scheme which has a full application deadline of 18th June, 4pm.  The University of Liverpool is strictly limited to submitting 6 applications in this round. To help facilitate this, the institutional peer review college are coordinating a demand management process to select the proposals that will go forward to full UKRI submission. The full timeline for Departmental and Institutional reviews is given below:

8th March Send your expression of interest to us for brief departmental review. This will ensure green light to proceed with the Department of Physics and provison of the form to be submitted (available in the internal page of the University).
14th March, 2024 deadline for Intention to submit. Applicants to send an Intention to Submit form to Applicants must also inform their HoDs of their intention to submit.
27th Marc, 2024 Internal application form deadline. Applicants to send an internal application to consisting of Internal application form; Applicant’s CV and publication template; HoD support form (submitted by HoD).
29th April, 2024 Demand management panel meets and outcome is communicated to applicants
May-June 2024 Tailored support will be provided to selected applicants
18th June, 2024

UKRI full application deadline.

EPSRC Fellowships

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council now offers two categories of Fellowship – a postdoctoral Fellowship in a limited range of scientific areas and an “Open Fellowship” applicable across the whole portfolio of physical, engineering and energy sciences.

Interested applicants should consult the EPSRC fellowships pages for more information on expected career stage for each fellowship type and further details of when applications should be made. Applications are made through Je-S. You cannot resubmit the same project proposal should your application be unsuccessful.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

EPSRC selects which scientific areas they will fund postdoctoral fellowships in at different times so you should refer to EPSRC's list of priority areas to check whether applications are currently being accepted for your scientific area. As of January 2023 applications are currently being accepted in 'energy', 'mathematical sciences' and 'synthetic biology'. Funding is available for up to 3 years, which includes your salary, travel and subsistence and research expenses including consumables, but only equipment costing under £10k.

Open Fellowships

Funding is available for up to 5 years, which includes your salary, salary support for PDRAs, travel and subsistence, and research expenses including equipment as per EPSRCs funding rules. Open Fellowships now provide opportunities not only for traditional research Fellowships, but also enable applicants to focus on innovation, instrumentation/technique development or software engineering or to include non-technical elements to create positive change in the research community should they wish. Note that EPSRC say Open Fellowships are suitable for those who “have already been in receipt of significant funding, or have been leading in an area of technical development” and hence are most likely to have several years of postdoctoral experience. 

Deadlines and timelines (2024)

There is no formal submission deadline for EPSRC Fellowships.

Please send an email to if you are willing to apply with us so that we can help in the preparation of applications. 

For all Fellowships you will require a letter of support from the Head of Department which will be written in collaboration with the leader of the appropriate research area.  Any equipment required will need departmental support (including funding) so please make the facilitation team aware at an early stage in the application process if you are hoping to include a request for equipment in your application.

H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

MCSA Individual Fellowships are for two years only and usually involve joining an established research group in the Department. An academic member of the Department will be needed as a host, so please contact the person whose group you wish to join.

The next deadline is in September and your CV will be required at an early stage in order to gain approval to proceed with the application.

European Research Council Grants

ERC Starting Grants are open to researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal. Consolidator Grants targeted more experienced researchers, whilst Advanced Grants are available for international research leaders who have demonstrated their potential for ground-breaking research.

There are calls for all three schemes each year. If you think that our Department would be ideal to host your ERC application, please contact the mailing list or a member of academic staff in the relevant research area at an early stage to establish the required support.