College of Science & Engineering

Chancellor's Fellows

Highly prestigious five-year tenure track fellowships focused on innovative research

Chancellor's Fellowship scheme

Building on our strong REF2021 results, the University of Edinburgh is supporting a major new investment in outstanding early career researchers. The University will be recruiting 30 new Chancellor’s Fellows: prestigious 5-year fellowships aimed at fostering cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and innovation, in a supportive environment.

As with our previous round of Chancellor’s Fellow appointments made in 2022, our aim is that at least 50% of the Chancellor’s Fellows appointments will be women and 20% will be individuals from black and minority ethnic groups. We also strongly encourage applications from other under-represented groups such as disabled candidates.

The Fellows will be on a clear pathway to building an outstanding track record of research, knowledge exchange, innovation and impact. They will complement and extend research and innovation within the University, and forge exciting new areas of focus. They will have a vision for future leadership in research and innovation, which may straddle leading a major area of research, forging new industry partnerships, or research-led teaching innovations. The scheme builds in a focus on research and innovation in the first few years; over time, Fellows will take up the full range of core academic activities, including teaching and academic leadership. 


Online information session

26 July 2023, 11.30 – 13.00

An online information session took place on Wednesday 26 July 2023, 11.30 – 13.00 (BST) which provided an overview of the recruitment process and was an opportunity for anyone who required further information or clarification​ on how to apply. 



Chancellor's Fellows in the College of Science & Engineering

The Fellows will be recruited as a cohort and will be supported to achieve their research and leadership ambitions through mentoring and peer support. These provide talented ECRs with the networking and career development training opportunities to enable them to thrive as an academic at the University of Edinburgh

The College of Science and Engineering is seeking to appoint up to eighteen Chancellor’s Fellows who have a demonstrable track record, in research (with at least two years at postdoctoral level and which may include knowledge exchange, innovation and/or impact), and the potential to make a key contribution to the University through furthering the goals of the host School, College and University. Of these eighteen posts, we expect to appoint up to six each in the College priority themes of AI and Datascience, Climate & Environmental Sustainability and Health & Life.

We will consider applications from researchers with a background in any relevant discipline.  Applicants must consider the most appropriate host (chosen from one of the seven Schools in the College of Science and Engineering or EPCC), to enable Fellowship support and development and indicate this in their application. We therefore suggest candidates should discuss their application with potential host School(s)/EPCC. During the fellowship, interaction with other Schools is encouraged and applicants should highlight such opportunities in their application. There is the possibility to make a case for a joint appointment across two host Schools: the added value of the joint appointment must be clearly articulated.  

As noted above, given the barriers facing female researchers, and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups, the scheme aims to appoint at least 50% female and 20% BAME applicants. We therefore strongly encourage applications from these groups. We also are very open to applications from those with non-traditional career paths, including those with family or caring commitments, those with health career breaks, or those who have moved to academia from a career in another sector. This recruitment round is part of a wider suite of measures designed to improve diversity and inclusion in the College of Science and Engineering.

We are considering applications from researchers from any discipline, and applicants should indicate the most appropriate host School(s) (including EPCC) in Science & Engineering in their application. We therefore suggest candidates could discuss their application with their potential hosts.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of each theme, we welcome applicants with experience of, or potential to conduct interdisciplinary research and endeavours that span Schools and the University.  We also welcome applicants with experience of community-facing activities relating to research culture, inclusion, mentoring, or outreach. In terms of addressing the potential to deliver College and University research strategy, it would be helpful to indicate where applicants, through Chancellor’s Fellowship support, can make a key contribution to research and innovation in an area related to one of the University/College’s priority themes:

  • AI and Datascience includes signature data and computing intensive research activities in all our Schools/EPCC, brought together within the data driven innovation programme, and driven by key innovation initiatives within the Bayes Centre.
  • Health and Life includes research and innovation activities at the interface of research and innovation activities with the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, with research activities across advanced health and care, therapeutics, and transformative life sciences research and technologies, from fundamental to applied.
  • Climate and Environmental Sustainability encompasses all parts of the sustainability spectrum, from transformative energy and resource efficient systems, new technologies, data-informed interventions, circular economies, planetary sustainability, social and environmental justice and geo-humanities. Much of this aligns with and feeds into development of the new Edinburgh Earth Initiative, as well as the University’s own business.


Chancellor's Fellows FAQs


School/Centre priorities

Application process

Appointments will normally be made on the grade 8 academic scale (£43,314 - £51,805), dependent on experience, but in exceptional circumstances a more senior appointment may be made at grade 9 (£54,949 - £61,823). It is anticipated that following a successful review at the end of year three or four, Fellows will transition to an open-ended post.

As women and people of black and minority ethnicities are underrepresented in senior academic grades, we particularly encourage applications from these groups. We also strongly welcome candidates  from other under-represented groups. The University is a member of the UK Race Equality Charter, and a proud holder of the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Institution Award which recognises our work in supporting the advancement of gender equality in academia. 

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