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Fellowship Opportunities

Below is a list of Fellowship opportunities. For more information about these schemes please click on the links to visit the funders' webpages. If you would like to talk to us about applying for a Fellowship and want to know more about the Biophysical Sciences Institute and how we can support you please use the links on the right. We can also support your application by putting you in touch with laboratory hosts in your field of research.

Addison Wheeler Fellowships

Addison Wheeler Fellowships are funded through the bequest of Addison James Wheeler to encourage 'efforts for increased knowledge of people and their make-up so as to enable them to make better use of their life here on Earth'. The Fellowships are designed to provide young researchers of outstanding promise with three years to pursue original ideas, free from teaching and administrative responsibilities.

Closing Date: The next round of Addison Wheeler Fellows will be advertised in 2022/23 for the next 2023/24 cohort.


BBSRC Discovery Fellowships

Proposals can be submitted in any area of science within the BBSRC remit. Applications are particularly encouraged that are aligned with BBSRC's overarching strategic priorities. This scheme is aimed at early career researchers who want to conduct their own independent research within a host laboratory. Applicants will have demonstrated high potential and have no more than five years of active postdoctoral research experience.


EPSRC Open Fellowships

Apply for a fellowship focusing on any topic in the EPSRC portfolio. Applicants must have a PhD or at least four years’ experience in a relevant field by the start of their fellowship.

Closing date: No closing date.


EPSRC synthetic biology postdoctoral fellowship

Fellowship focusing on the engineering challenges of delivering synthetic biology as a mature technology.

Closing date: No closing date.


European Commission Marie Curie Fellowships

Fellowships for researchers at all stages of their careers. Efforts are made to increase participation by women researchers, by encouraging equal opportunities in all 'Marie Curie Actions', by designing the actions to ensure that researchers can achieve an appropriate work/life balance and by facilitating resuming a research career after a break.


Future Leaders Fellowships

Four years’ funding is available to support ambitious research/innovation programmes across UKRI’s remit, and fellows benefit from targeted support to develop their careers. There is no minimum or maximum award value, and awards may be renewed for a further three years.


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

This scheme is for early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work


Newton International Fellowships

These fellowships are for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK. They offer two years funding for Fellows who are within 7 years of their PhD (discounting career breaks).


Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

This scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding postdoctoral scientists and engineers who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as caring responsibilities or health issues.

Closing date: 1 November 2022 


Royal Society University Research Fellowships

These enable outstanding scientists to build an independent research career. Awards are tenable for five years in the first instance and cover the fellow's salary, estates and indirect costs at a rate of 80% of full economic costs.

Current call: 6 September 2022.







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Contact us

Find out more about interdisciplinary biosciences at Durham University and how we can support your application. Get in touch by email to or sign up to one of our drop-in sessions and meet the BSI Director Professor Steven Cobb.

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