Postdoctoral fellowship opportunities

Below is an overview of Postdoctoral Fellowships in/to the United Kingdom. These have a special focus on psychology, neuroscience, development and mental health. They vary in remit, duration and eligibility – Be sure to check the current scheme notes as they are subject to change.


Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoc fellowship

Daphne Jackson Fellowship [requires career break]

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF)

Branco-Weiss Fellowship

Jacobs Foundation Fellowship

Human Frontiers Fellowship

Research Councils

British Academy Postdoc fellowship

UKRI future leader fellowship

MRC Skills Development Fellowships

MRC career development award

BBSRC Discovery Fellowships

BBSRC David Philips fellowships [minimum 3 year postdoc experience required]

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

ESRC New Investigator Grants

NIHR Advanced Fellowship


Royal Society University Research Fellowship

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship [for those who require flexible working]

Newton International Fellowships

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering

Brain postdoc award


L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships

AXA fellowship [max 5 year post PhD]

Marie Curie

The Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship Programme [Cambridge only, similar schemes exist elsewhere, often called ‘Chancellors awards’ or ‘Chancellors fellowships’]

NARSAD Young Investigator Grants [US based but can be spent in UK]

Parke Davis Exchange Fellowship [Cambridge specific]

Action on Hearing Loss Pauline Ashley Fellowship scheme [hearing research only]