Independent Fellows play a key role within the Institute of Ecology and Evolution. Many of our current research staff are on fellowships, and the record of our Fellows obtaining permanent positions is exceptional.
We provide a supportive environment, welcoming community and expert mentoring to help our Fellows succeed.
Our excellent intellectual environment and "state of the art" facilities are unparalleled in Scotland. We seek to constantly evolve our world-class research environment to allow the best ideas to thrive, push frontiers, deliver economic impact and drive sustainability.
- The research environment in School of Biological Sciences is in the highest category - classed as ‘world leading’ by the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF)
- 94% per cent of the School of Biological Sciences’ research activity is in the highest categories - classed as ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ by REF
Applying for a Fellowship
The Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE), in the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) at the University of Edinburgh is looking to identify candidates whose research interests synergise with the existing research strengths of SBS and IEE to support in applying for independent fellowship schemes.
Independent Fellows play a key role within the Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE), in the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) at the University of Edinburgh.
Fellows are considered as PI level, eligible (and encouraged) to supervise research students, and fully involved in all aspects of decision making in the institute.
Many of our current staff are on fellowships, and the record of our Fellows being retained to permanent positions at the end of their Fellowships is exceptional. SBS provides a world class intellectual environment, with state-of-the-art facilities where Fellows are supported to achieve their potential.
- We are able to support two candidates each year
- Supported candidates will be assigned an experienced mentor to help navigate the processes involved in making fellowship applications,
- Supported candidates can apply for any number of fellowships during their period of support.
Those who succeed in securing an independent fellowship are automatically eligible for retention and benefit from a well-structured career development programme.
A list of schemes that require Institute support can be found below.
Independent fellowship schemes that require institute support include the following:
- Wellcome Trust - Career Development Award
- NERC - Independent Research Fellowship
- MRC- Career Development Award & Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship
- Royal Society - University Research & Dorothy Hodgkin
- ERC – Starter & Consolidator
- Branco-Weiss Foundation Fellowship
Note, that Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) applications are selected via a different process.
For informal enquiries relating to support for the above fellowship schemes as well as for FLFs, please contact:
Submit your papers by email by the deadline indicated below.
|CV||This should include your education history, employment, publication record, conference presentations and other measures of esteem. Formal references are not required.|
|2-page research statement||This should give a sense of your contributions to date, your research plans and longer-term goals, and how your research will add to our chosen Institute and fit with the School of Biological Sciences strategy.|
|1-page cover letter||This should explain why you have chosen the Institute of Ecology and Evolution and the School of Biological Sciences, which fellowship competitions you intend to apply to, and how you will contribute to a diverse and inclusive culture.|
We will invite shortlisted applicants to an online symposium to present their research and plans, and chat to relevant members. Successful applicants will be invited to visit in person before being given final approval and supported to develop applications.
Deadline: 1st April 5pm GMT
Submit your application to:
|1st April 5pm GMT||Deadline to submit applications to the institute. Submit to Nick Colegrave|
|Late April||Shortlisted applicants notified|
|May 25th -26th||Competition: Online symposium for shortlisted applicants to pitch their research and ‘meet’ the institute|
|Before June 5th||Decisions notified, sponsors suggested, and opportunity for successful applicants to visit the institute in person.|
|Late June||Final acceptance ratified and support for funding applications begins|