Junior Research Fellowships at Imperial Collage London

Deadline: 14 September 2015
Open to: applicants who have a PhD and will normally have no more than four years postdoctoral research experience in an academic environment
Fellowship: a competitive salary of up to approximately EUR 56,442 per year, research and travel expenses around EUR 64,474 over three years


Imperial College London is the only UK university to focus entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business. Their international reputation for excellence in teaching and research sees us consistently rated in the top 10 universities worldwide. 

Imperial College London’s Junior Research Fellowships give outstanding young scientists the opportunities they need to fulfill their potential. Are you on outstanding early-career scientist looking for an opportunity to focus on a research and establish your scientific independence? The Imperial College Junior Research Fellowship scheme is now open. Imperial’s prestigious Junior Research 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:  http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/entryrequirements/graduate/countryindex ;
  • 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) – exceptions to this can include discipline hopping, where there must still be less than four years postdoctoral research experience in the discipline of the proposed fellowship; career breaks and career changes, where time spent out of the academic research environment will not be counted in the four years;
  • 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 EUR 56,442 per year;
  • Research and travel expenses of up to EUR 64,474  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;
  • Please provide answers in English within the text boxes, keep within the dedicated margins, and do not exceed the word limit and page restrictions as indicated on the form;
  • Please refer to monetary values in £ pounds sterling;
  • Please complete the form using Arial 11pt;
  • 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 juniorresearchfellowships@imperial.ac.uk by 11.59pm (GMT) 14 September 2015;
  • Send one electronic copy of the Recruitment Monitoring Form to juniorresearchfellowships@imperial.ac.uk 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 juniorresearchfellowships@imperial.ac.uk by 11.59pm (GMT) 14 September 2015;
  • Note that Faculties/Departments may set their own internal deadlines (for internal condidates) that precede the official College deadline: please check internal deadlines with your relevant Faculty and Department.

For more information please visit the official website.

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