Below is a list of some of the major fellowships offered and the appropriate links:

AHRC Fellowships - Value: £50,000 to £250,000; Duration: 6-18 months.

AHRC Early Career Fellowships - Value: £50,000 to £250,000; Duration: 6-24 months.

BBSRC David Philips Fellowships - tenable for 5 years; pays salary plus research expenses; open to scientists with 2-6 years of postdoctoral experience.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships - tenable for 3 years, normally from Sep-Oct; pays salary costs plus limited research expenses plus mentor's costs, estates and indirect costs; application is a two-stage process with outline submission by Oct with those who pass this initial stage being asked for a full application by end of the following Feb; host institution is expected to support fellow with a departmental mentor, with research facilities and accommodation; in return the fellow may engage in some teaching and administration.

British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships - tenable for 1 year; pay salary costs of replacement lecturer; provide established scholars with a period of research leave to finish a major piece of research.

British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship Scheme - These Fellowships are covered under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime, but the Academy’s contribution to the salary of the Mid-Career Fellow will be capped at an upper limit of £80,000. It is not expected that the total value of an award will exceed £160,000 (BA contribution to FEC). Awards can be held over a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships - tenable for 2-3 years; pays 50% of salary up to £24,000 plus up to £6000 research expenses; open to those who have not yet held a full-time established academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution and who had their doctoral viva not more than 5 years from the application closing date.

Leverhulme Research Fellowships - Value: up to £50,000; Duration: 3-24 months.

NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - tenable for up to 3 years; pays salary plus some research expenses; normally aimed at those with 1-5 years postdoctoral experience who do not hold a permanent academic post.

NERC Advanced Research Fellowships - tenable for up to 5 years; pays salary plus some research expenses; open to those with at least 2 years of postdoc experience; applications once a year closing in Nov.

Royal Society University Research Fellowships - tenable for 5 years with possibility of extension for 3-5 years; pays 80% salary, estates and indirect costs plus research expenses (up to £13000 for first year and £11000 thereafter); open to postdoc candidates in the early to mid stages of their career who have not held a permanent academic post and who are an EU citizen or have a relevant connection to the EU; application once a year closing in Nov.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Research Fellowship Programme - tenable for 2 or 3 years. Marie Curie Fellowships are for postdoctoral research in in any subject (not just cancer research - a common misconception). They pay your salary and other costs for up to two years (or up to 3 years when applying to leave the EU). There is no specific cut-off in terms of experience, but applicants are usually fairly early on in their postdoctoral career. You do not need an existing academic job to be eligible to apply.

The most important characteristic of this scheme is that you have to move country. There are three ways in which you can do this:

  • Move from one EU country to another
  • Come from outside the EU into the EU
  • Go from inside the EU to outside the EU (but come back for a year at the end). 

There is also a Career Restart opportunity for those looking to get back into academia.