Applications are now open for the Royal Society’s flagship scheme, the University Research Fellowship.


The University Research Fellowship (URF) scheme provides support for promising early career researchers, giving them the freedom and support to build an independent research career in the UK or the Republic of Ireland and pursue innovative lines of research. The scheme also offers flexibility to accommodate personal circumstances such as caring responsibilities or health related needs.

In addition to eight years of funding, awardees will also have the opportunity to access a range of career development, mentoring and training activities to help them to thrive in their career and become leaders in their fields.

You can apply for this scheme if you:

  • Have 3-8 years of research experience since the date of award of your PhD
  • Do not hold a permanent post
  • Do not hold an equivalent fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent research status.

Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to: biological research and biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.

How to apply

The 2023 funding round is now open and applications must be submitted by 3pm on 6 September 2022.

Please visit this webpage for information about the scheme and how to make an online application, as well as top tips and case studies from other URFs. For further enquiries about the scheme please contact the Grants team at

Who are we?

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

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