Independent research fellowships & support for applications

The department strongly encourages applications (from external or internal candidates whose research interests have an overlap with those of the department) for independent research fellowships to be held at York. (We have an exceptional record in facilitating holders of these fellowships to move into permanent academic posts in the department.) Potential applicants should check the eligibility criteria and closing dates carefully and contact the department (either the Chair of the Research Committee, Professor Timo Gans, or the most relevant member of academic staff) with a draft proposal.

The main such fellowships are:

Support for Early Career Fellowship Applications


The Department of Physics at the University of York is keen to attract the world’s best early career physicists and help them to become the next generation of research and teaching leaders. To this end we have developed a scheme that supports early career scientists applying for research fellowships. The scheme provides you with a mentor and, in some cases, a budget to help you prepare applications to your chosen funding agencies. This document sets out the procedures.


The Department has an annual fund for applicants to bid for. This can be used flexibly, and we are open to suggestions, but examples might include:

  • A few months salary costs while based at York preparing your fellowship proposal
  • Funding short-term visits to York from your existing employer to work with York staff on your proposal

Application procedure:

  1. You should first make informal contact with a relevant member of the Physics academic staff to make sure that your research interests are well-aligned with those of the Department.
  2. Submit an application to Chair of Research Committee, Professor Timo Gans, which should include a CV and cover letter.
  3. Your CV should include your education history, employment record, publication record, conference presentations and other measures of esteem. Formal references are not required.
  4. Your cover letter should include a brief summary of your research interests (1000 words maximum), its importance and impact, why you have chosen York as your host university, which funding authority you intend to apply to, and requests for any funding from the Department that you will require to help you prepare your fellowship proposal (with a justification).
  5. Applications for support will be received at any time of year, but the Department will typically consider applications for support funding during the Department Research Committee meetings (starred items).
  6. Occasionally, it is possible that the timing of the Department Research Committee meetings is not consistent with some fellowship application deadlines. In those cases, a special panel may be provided: applicants must then make a special request, outlining the reasons to the Chair of Research Committee.
  7. Successful candidates will then work with the Physics Department to prepare their fellowship proposal.
  8. We will interview all suitable candidates before making the final commitment to host their fellowship proposal

18 December 2014