Independent Fellowships at York

The Department of Biology at York is ranked in the top 10 in the UK and 1st for impact outside academia (2014 REF). Our research has had major influence on environmental policy, industry and health, with internationally recognised strengths across the biological sciences: from ecology to biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedical sciences.

A key factor in our success is our superb research facilities including the innovative Technology Facility, housing more than £8M of state-of-the-art equipment. Within the Department, our values of collegiality, openness and flexibility have gained us a gold Athena SWAN award.

We have a strong track-record of hosting Independent Research Fellows and we greatly value the contribution they make to research in the Department. Our supportive, dynamic and flourishing environment is an ideal location for Fellows, who we view as the potential academic leaders for the future.

Pre-Fellowship Application

  • Introductions to members of our academic staff relevant to your proposed research area
  • Mentoring on scheme suitability and design of your proposal
  • Feedback on draft proposals
  • Support and practice sessions for your interview preparation

Fellowship Awardees

  • Up to two years additional support at the end of a five year fellowship, or a possible additional year at the end of a three year fellowship
  • Outstanding research facilities
  • Modern laboratory space of the highest standard
  • Continued mentoring from senior colleagues
  • Support with writing further funding proposals
  • Opportunities to gain teaching experience
  • Training and personal development

Career Progression

  • Advice for progression to permanent positions
  • A guaranteed interview for any suitable Departmental lectureship vacancy.
  • Opportunities for proleptic appointments

Case studies

We have an excellent track record in hosting Fellowships and helping independent Fellows develop their research career. Read about the experiences of some of our current and recent Fellows:

If you are thinking of applying for an Independent Research Fellowship, in particular in an area of strategic fit with current research in York Biology, we encourage you to contact individual staff members whose research area most closely matches yours. Alternatively contact Professor Jane Hill (, Chair of the Research Committee, for further information.

Please visit here for a full list of Fellowship funding schemes including;