Independent Research Fellowship Mentorship Programme

    The mentorship programme aim is to support strong senior Independent Research Fellowship (IRF) applications to join the Department of Biology.

    Successful applicants can expect to be paired with a senior academic mentor in the department of Biology. The mentor will provide advice and support to strengthen fellowship applications, as well as ensuring optimal costings and support letters are prepared within funder timeframes.

    The programme invites applications from early career researchers with excellent track records who wish to apply for UK and International funding schemes such as:
    • BBSRC Discovery Fellowships
    • NERC Independent Research Fellowships
    • MRC Early Career Awards
    • Royal Society University Research Fellowships
    • Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships
    • Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowships
    • ERC Starting Grant

    Who should apply:

    Interest is welcomed from early career researchers in all areas of biology, including those at interdisciplinary boundaries with other life sciences, physical or social sciences who may draw on the outstanding breadth of Oxford’s research environment.

    If you wish to seek the Department’s support to apply for any of the fellowships listed above, you must engage with this process.

    This is not an offer of a job or a guarantee that you will be successful in gaining any of these fellowships to join the department.

    When to apply:

    Mentorship applications are advertised twice per year, with closing dates on 31 March and 31 October every year.

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