Fellowships

A researcher in the Systems Immunity Research Institute
A researcher in the Systems Immunity Research Institute

Join us and become a future research leader in Wales.

We believe Cardiff University is one of the best places in the UK to be an early career researcher, and we are always looking for the next generation of rising stars to join us. If you are looking to move to Cardiff, we have the following competitive and prestigious awards available, designed to boost international research capacity in Wales.

Current fellowships

The next call for applications closes on 14 September 2017. Expressions of interest are required by 7 April 2017.

We invite expressions of interest from researchers interested in submitting a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA IF) application with Cardiff University as the host organisation.

Researchers shall be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. At the time of the deadline for submission, they shall not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the submission date.

Express an interest in the fellowship.

The next Welsh Government funding deadline will be made available in Spring 2017.

We offer three-year COFUND fellowships for outstanding postdoctoral researchers. Part-funded by the University, these fellowships support postdoctoral researchers looking to move towards leadership of an independent research group, with support and mentoring from a leading academic.

Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website. All applications to this scheme will be subject to an internal assessment panel scheduled for the new year (2017). Potential applicants should make contact with a potential supervisor at Cardiff University to discuss their research fit and our internal assessment process.

The next Welsh Government funding deadline will be made available in Spring 2017.

We offer three-year Sêr Cymru II Fellowships for outstanding postdoctoral researchers. There are no mobility rules associated to this scheme; applicants can be international or, be currently based within the UK.

Part-funded by the University, these fellowships support postdoctoral researchers looking to move towards leadership of an independent research group, with support and mentoring from a leading academic.

Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website. All applications to this scheme will be subject to an internal assessment panel scheduled for the new year (2017). Potential applicants should make contact with a potential supervisor at Cardiff University to discuss their research fit and our internal assessment process.

We are offering five-year ‘Rising Star’ fellowships, which will be very prestigious and highly competitive positions, designed to attract the very best ‘rising stars’ of academic research. Applicants should have over seven years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and a scientific track record showing great promise.

There are no mobility rules associated to this scheme; applicants can be international or, be currently based within the UK.

Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website and potential applicants should make contact with Heads of Schools to discuss their research fit and our internal assessment process.

We are offering three-year Sêr Cymru II Recapturing Talent Fellowships for outstanding postdoctoral researchers returning to work following a career break. There are no mobility rules associated to this scheme; applicants can be international or, be currently based within the UK. However, applicants will have had a career break, or taken time out of academic research, for around two or more years.

Part-funded by the University, these fellowships support postdoctoral researchers looking to move towards leadership of an independent research group, with support and mentoring from a leading academic.

Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website and potential applicants should make contact with a potential supervisor at Cardiff University to discuss their research fit and our internal assessment process.

Other funding opportunities

If these schemes are not suitable for you, there are a number of other funding opportunities that will enable you to hold a fellowship at Cardiff University.

We welcome enquiries from potential applicants to the various UK European and International funding schemes available to early career researchers and encourage you to make contact with a potential sponsor and/or Head of School at Cardiff University to discuss your interest.

Funding schemes

Cardiff University has excellent experience of and support for fellowship applications. There are a large number of fellowship funding schemes available to you and some of the major schemes are listed below. Follow the links below to learn more about your eligibility for each of these schemes and what level of funding is available.

Research in the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences  at Cardiff University is supported by a number of major medical charities, some of whom support early career research via fellowships. Follow the links below to learn more about these opportunities.

The following fellowship schemes have an internal triage process in place and you should make contact with a potential sponsor and Head of School to discuss your research fit and to receive details of our internal assessment process.

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