Supporting our researchers through fellowships

You might be a researcher already based at the University, or thinking about joining us. Our research fellowships give you the opportunity to build and development your research career.

A fellowship is typically where funding is provided to you to support you with time spent researching and expenses required to carry your research out. This is a investment in you and your career.

Essex specific and recruiting Fellowships can be found through our jobs pages.

However, we encourage speculative enquiries for fellowships from a range of different funding opportunities found below.

Current vacancies

Speculative enquires

The first step to make an application is to review the different funding opportunities found below and assess whether applications can be made speculatively with us, or direct to the funder.

You should also review the research on our website and see whether we are a good fit for your area of expertise. You can search by the keyword for your expertise to find the areas we specialise in.

Once you are happy, you should get in touch with the department in which you feel best suited. They will be able to discuss next steps and options for you. 

Fellowship Funders and Schemes

The British Academy

The British Academy invite proposals from early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences for it's Postdoctoral Fellowship. This is for researchers looking to start an independent project with the aim to publish a significant piece of research.


Cancer Research UK

A range of different funding opportunities and fellowships are provided for researchers through Cancer Research UK.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships

Daphne Jackson Fellowships offer researchers who have taken a break from their career of two or more years to come back to a research career in a UK University or research establishment.

European Research Council

The European Research Council Grants and Fellowships are open to talented early-career scientists who have already produced excellent supervisory work, and are ready to work independently.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships are intended to support those researchers just starting out in their academic career.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

Support researchers’ careers and fostering excellence in research. This Postdoctoral Fellowship targets researchers holding a PhD who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquiring new skills and developing their careers. Find out more about Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Medical Research Council

Medical Research Council's fellowships ensure individuals that show a talent in the scientific community are given the support to develop and build their career to strengthen UK research and respond to some of the biggest medical challenges the future may bring us.

Career Development Award

Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship

National Institute for Health and Care Research

The NIHR provides a range of different fellowship opportunities designed to support individuals at various points of their career in becoming leading researchers, from initial pre-doctoral training to senior post-doctoral research.

Royal Academy of Engineering

Research Fellowships are offered each year by the Royal Academy of Engineering to those early-career researchers that show outstanding potential as future research leaders within their engineering field.

Royal Commission

1851 Research Fellowships are intended to provide early career scientists or engineers who show exceptional promise in their field the chance to conduct a research project to help support a healthy and innovative national culture.

Royal Society

Royal Society University Research Fellowship

For outstanding scientists, in the early stages of their research career, who show the potential to become leaders and experts in their field.

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

 This scheme provides the first step into an independent research career for postdoctoal scientists who are outstanding in their field but require a flexible working pattern owing to personal circumstances.

Royal Society Newton International Fellowships

For non-UK early-stage scientists wishing to conduct research in the UK.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

Supporting early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories.

This scheme intends to grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class. These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles.

Find out more about the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

UKRI Research Fellowships

From time to time the UKRI offer a range of different fellowship funding opportunities for established and early career researchers. Find out more about what is available and open to applications on the UKRI website.


Wellcome Early-Career Awards

Provides funding for early-career researchers from across all disciplines who looking to build and develop their research identity and seeking ways to improve human life, health and wellbeing.

Wellcome Career Development Awards

This scheme provides funding for researchers in the middle of their career across all disciplines and who have the potential  be recognised as international research leaders.

Wellcome Discovery Awards

A funding scheme for established researchers and teams across all disciplines looking to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding to improve human life, health and wellbeing.