Royal Society University Research Fellowship


This program is for outstanding scholars who have the ability to lead their field into the future.

These long-term fellowships give recipients the freedom and opportunity to pursue cutting-edge scientific research while establishing independent research careers in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

The University Research Fellowship (URF), which was previously a five-year fellowship with an option for a three-year extension, has now changed. Application fees for an eight-year fellowship as well as a research proposal can now be submitted by applicants for the current cycle.

Costs for years six to eight will be determined by acceptable progress and the completion of a mid-term checkpoint review at the start of year four. In addition to the scholarship duration adjustment, the scholarship value has been updated from previous cycles.

Royal Society University Research Fellowship Eligibility

The research must fall within the remit of the Royal Society in the natural sciences, which includes, but is not limited to, biological research and biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.

Those applying from Ireland (ROI) are funded by Science Foundation Ireland and will need to read the eligibility requirements in the specific program notes.

You can apply for this plan if you:

  • have between three and eight years of research experience since your doctorate at the end of the cycle. Career breaks are taken into account;
  • not hold a permanent position (including a proleptic or slippery employment contract) at a university or non-profit research organization
  • do not hold or have not previously held an equivalent scholarship which offers the opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status.

Royal Society University Research Fellowship Benefits

The scheme provides:

  • Researcher salary: 80% of basic salary costs up to £41,675 in the first year, inheritance costs and indirect costs
  • Contribution to research costs of £90,000 per year

How to Apply for a Royal Society University Research Grant

The University Research Fellowship Program is now open for applications. This round will end on September 6, 2022 at 3pm UK time.

Your application will follow the process detailed on the Apply for a Grant page overseen by one of their five research nominating committees depending on your area of ​​research.

  • Astronomy, cosmology, physics, earth sciences, physical environmental sciences and geosciences
  • Chemistry and Engineering
  • Pure and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Communications and Computer Engineering; mathematical aspects of astronomy, physics, cosmology, gravitation, theoretical physics
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology, Zoology, Plant Sciences and Physiology
  • biomedical sciences


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