Biomedical Sciences

Career break/Flexible working fellowships

There are a number of Fellowships which provide flexible support for anyone wishing to return to work. These include The Royal Society, Daphne Jackson Trust and the Wellcome.

It has traditionally been challenging - particularly for female researchers - to manage a research career with other responsibilities such as family commitments. Substantial career breaks can also make it difficult for anyone to return to research.

There are a number of Fellowships available to provide flexible support for women and men at all career stages wishing to return to work.

British Heart Foundation - Career Re-entry Research Fellowships

To provide an opportunity to re-establish a career in cardiovascular science in an established research institution in the UK, after a break of more than one year.

Further information about BHF Fellowships

Daphne Jackson Trust - Fellowships

A Daphne Jackson Fellowship is a unique fellowship designed to return STEM professionals to their careers after a break. 

Further information about Daphne Jackson Fellowships

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) - Long Term Fellowships

The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world.

Further information about Long term Fellowships from EMBO

The Royal Society - Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

Further information about the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

Wellcome Trust - Career re-entry Fellowships

This scheme is for postdoctoral scientists who have recently decided to recommence a scientific research career after a continuous break of at least two years.

Further information about career re-entry Fellowships from the Wellcome Trust