The School welcomes applications for fellowships sponsored by research councils and other funding bodies.

There is a vibrant research culture within the School, and research activities span a wide range of disciplines within mathematics, statistics and actuarial science. 

We have excellent facilities and offer plenty of opportunities for research fellows to pursue their research, interact with experts in the field, and develop their career.  

The School provides extensive support for post-doctoral researchers to assist them with their fellowship application. Furthermore, the University of Kent is committed to developing its research fellows into the academics of the future, through its highly popular Early Career Researcher Network and Grants Factory programmes.

Working as a Fellow at Kent

Dr Rachel McCrea spent three years in the School as a National Environment Research Council (NERC) Fellow, which allowed her to establish herself as an independent researcher, work with a number of project partners and develop her international reputation. She is now Professor of Statistics at Kent.

Head and shoulders pic of Rachel McCrea, brown hair, check top

My NERC Fellowship was the most enjoyable time of my academic career so far. The University of Kent was a fantastic host, and I became embedded in its thriving academic community, learning key skills from a number of role models.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining us as a research fellow and your research interests coincide with ours, please contact a relevant member of staff or the Director of Research, Dr Bas Lemmens, to discuss your plans. You should also supply a CV with an up-to-date publication list.

Possible funding sources

Daphne Jackson Fellowships offer STEM professionals returning to a research career after a break of two or more years for a family, health or caring reason, the opportunity to balance a personalised retraining programme with a challenging research project, held in a supportive UK university or research establishment. 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Fellowship Scheme has several rounds each year with no closing dates for the submission. Applicants should refer to the EPSRC thematic programme priorities for additional details on the research areas.

The European Research Council (ERC) offers various funding schemes, which are open to top researchers of any nationality or age who wish to carry out their research in the EU. Of particular interest are the ERC Starting Grants for researchers with two to seven years of experience since completion of their PhD. 

National Environment Research Council Fellowships provide opportunities for outstanding environmental scientists.

The Royal Society’s fellowship schemes include the highly prestigious five-year University Research Fellowships; the two-year Newton International Fellowships; and the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 offers major awards to scientists and engineers for research, development and design. Its aims are to support education for the benefit of productive industry. 

Grace Chisholm Young Fellowships are offered by the London Mathematical Society to mathematicians who need support when their mathematical career is interrupted by family responsibilities, relocation of partner, or other similar circumstances. Two fellowships are offered each year.

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