How to achieve Fellowship success: The Person, The proposal, The Place, The Interview

This booklet has been put together by the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) to support early career researchers and to aid fellowship application success.The BNA have asked fellowship funders how they select their fellows and this guide takes you through what each is looking for, summarising the most important points first at the beginning and again at the end as a personal tick list for fellowship success

BNA members can access the guide here.






Fellowship Eligibility Weblink

David Sainsbury Fellowship

Postdocs 2-6 years https://www.nc3rs.org.uk/funding/fellowships

The Levehulme Fellowship

Those within 5 years of completing their PhD viva https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships/eligibility

The Newton Fellowship

No more than 7 years Postdoc http://www.newtonfellowships.org/the-fellowships/
No time limit https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/fellows/

Sir Henry Dale Wellcome

No more than 2 years as a postdoc http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Fellowships/Basic-biomedical-fellowships/WTX033549.htm

Sir Henry Dale

No more than 7 years since PhD viva http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Fellowships/Basic-biomedical-fellowships/WTDV031823.htm

Research Career Development Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science

No more than 7 years since PhD viva http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Fellowships/Basic-biomedical-fellowships/WTD004431.htm

Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science

Postdocs to have between 7 and 12 years experience http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Fellowships/Basic-biomedical-fellowships/WTD004442.htm

Career Re-entry Fellowships

Must have at least 2 years postdoc experience http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Fellowships/Basic-biomedical-fellowships/WTD004380.htm

Ernest Rutherfold Fellowship

Must have at least 2 years postdoc experience


David Philips Fellowship

Must have at least 5 years of postdoc experience http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/david-phillips/

Future Leader Fellowship

Must have at least 5 years of postdoc experience http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/future-leader-fellowship/

University Research Fellowship

Must have at least 3 years postdoc experience, no more than 8 years total https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/university-research/

Women in Science

No more than 10 years postdoc experience https://www.womeninscience.co.uk

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin fellowship

No more than 6 years postdoc experience royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin-fellowship
Applications are invited for grants of up to £250,000, over 1-3 years, to support fellowships. Funds will cover fellows’ salaries, support staff and project running costs. https://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk/research-scientists/apply-for-funding/