2017 Royal Society Senior Research Fellowship in Life and Physical Sciences, Engineering

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  • 18 January 2017

Applications are invited for Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships. Up to seven fellowships are awarded in the areas of the life and physical sciences, engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

The Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships were established through the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust and seek to provide opportunities for academic researchers to be relieved of all their teaching and administrative duties, to enable them to concentrate on full-time research for up to one year. Preference will be given to candidates who, as well as demonstrating scientific excellence, can show that such relief is particularly needed and timely. Applications from midcareer candidates are particularly encouraged.

The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.


The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for these fellowships:

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent and hold a permanent post at the UK university or eligible not-for-profit institution. This is a senior fellowship scheme, and therefore applicants must be at a stage in their career when they have a well-established, fully independent research programme of their own, and would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research. Applicants should not have had sabbatical leave or other support relieving them from teaching and administrative duties for a total of one year or more in the three years preceding submission of the application.


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The Fellow’s employing institution will be reimbursed for the full salary costs (including USS and NI), for the applicant (up to the equivalent of the minimum point on the lectureship scale as paid by the host university). Research expenses up to a maximum of £2,500 are available to cover costs of consumables, equipment, travel etc.


Applications can only be submitted online using the Royal Society’s electronic Grant Application and Processing (e-GAP) system. Applications cannot be submitted on paper. Please read the below instructions before you start filling out your application, and refer to the guidance notes in the section that follows as you complete the form.

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