Funded Junior Research Fellowships at Imperial College London

Funded Junior Research Fellowships at Imperial College London

Deadline: September 14, 2015

Are you an outstanding early-career scientist looking for an opportunity to focus on research and establish your scientific independence? The Imperial College Junior Research Fellowship scheme is now open. These fellowships sustain the brightest and best early career researchers from across the world, providing a level of commitment and support that is rare from a UK university.

  • There are no restrictions on nationality; however you will be required to provide evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK before commencing any fellowship offered.
  • Applicants must have a 1st or 2.1 undergraduate degree, if obtained in the UK. Applicants that have received undergraduate degrees from overseas institutions are required to determine if their scores/grades are of sufficient standing for postgraduate entry to Imperial via the link before applying:
  • Applicants should have a PhD and will normally have no more than four years postdoctoral research experience in an academic environment (calculated from the PhD viva to the application deadline)
  • In exceptional cases, applicants applying to the Faculty of Engineering and Imperial College Business School are permitted to apply before the submission of the PhD but any offer of funding will be dependent on the PhD being awarded before the start of the fellowship.
  • For applications to the Faculties of Natural Sciences and Medicine, a PhD must have been submitted before an application is made and the PhD must be awarded before the start of the fellowship.


As a Junior Research Fellow (JRF), you will receive a three-year Fellowship, which includes:

  • a competitive salary of up to approximately £39,380 per year,
  • research and travel expenses of up to £45,000 over three years,
  • personal mentoring support from a senior Imperial academic,
  • focussed careers support, training courses, and development opportunities from the College’s Postdoc Development Centre, the chance to take full responsibility for setting and directing your own research agenda.

How to Apply

Before your apply, please read the Information for Applicants, Information for Sponsors and the FAQ section.

  • Applicants should submit a completed application form by 11.59pm (GMT) 14 September 2015.
  • The application form has six sections. Applicants need to complete sections 1-4, which covers personal details, funding request, research proposal and CV.
  • The agreed Imperial College sponsor needs to complete section 5.
  • If appropriate, the Francis Crick Insitute co-sponsor should complete section 6.
  • Applications without the required signatures will not be accepted.
  • Once sections 1-6 have been filled, the application should be reviewed and signed by the relevant Imperial College Head of Department as confirmation that the department is willing to host the fellow.
  • Each application must be accompanied by a confidential letter of support / reference, usually from the applicant’s current institution. Where the current institution is Imperial, the letter of support must be provided by someone other than the proposed sponsor or host Head of Department.

Once the application form is complete, applicants must:

  •  Send one electronic copy of the application form in PDF format to [email protected]  by 11.59pm (GMT) 14 September 2015.
  • Send one electronic copy of the Recruitment Monitoring Form to [email protected]  by 11.59pm (GMT) 14 September 2015.
  • Ensure that one electronic copy of the confidential letter of support / reference from the applicant’s current institution is sent to [email protected] by 11.59pm (GMT) 14 September 2015.

For more information, visit Imperial College London Fellowships or e-mail [email protected]