School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science

Research fellowships

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

If this is a direction you are considering, your first step must be to check the research areas in which we may be able to support fellowships (see the links on the right).

Before preparing an application you must contact the member(s) of staff listed for the area you are interested in researching.

You will need to make sure that the research area is still a current priority, that you will be able to contribute meaningfully, and that you will be able to secure funding.

Bodies that may be able to offer funding include the following:

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

EPSRC fellowships are currently available in the following areas:

  • Statistics & Applied Probability
  • Intradisciplinary Research.

EPSRC postdoctoral/early career fellowships are available in the above areas and in:

  • New Connections from Mathematical Sciences
  • New Connections between Mathematical Sciences and Information Communication Technologies (early career only)
  • Complexity Science (postdoctoral only) .

The priority areas change from time to time and early submission is always strongly advised.

More about EPSRC Mathematical Sciences fellowships

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues and provides a range of funding opportunities supporting research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector.

More about ESRC funding opportunities

EU Marie Curie Actions

The Marie Curie Actions research fellowship program funds pre- and post-doctoral researchers in Europe as well as experienced researchers. Fellowships are awarded by the European Commission in various scientific disciplines within the People programme (FP7). The current calls will all have ended by mid-September 2013 though these programmes are expected to continue under the Horizon 2020 framework.

More about Marie Curie Actions

The Leverhulme Trust

Fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust are open to experienced researchers, without restrictions on academic discipline, for periods of 3-24 months.

The Medical Research Council (MRC)

The MRC funds a range of fellowship award schemes for both clinical and non-clinical researchers.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

While no fellowship opportunities were being advertised by NERC at the time of this page being published, you may be able to find out more about their fellowship schemes via

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 awards approximately eight research fellowships per year in Science and Engineering.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society provides a range of grant schemes to support the UK scientific community and to foster collaboration with overseas scientists.

The Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust grants may be available to researchers who are, for example, investigating the fundamental basis of health and disease in humans and animals.

You may also find it useful to refer to the Research Services Science Funding web pages:



Details of how to apply

Please prepare the following as PDFs:

  1. A CV of no more than 2 pages
  2. Names and e-mail addresses of three referees (1 page)
  3. A statement of no more than 2 pages in length detailing
  • your research experience,
  • your research proposal, and
  • the fellowship scheme which will fund your application.

Send these as email attachments to the member of our team that you intend to work with. (You can check his or her email address via the SMSAS people pages.)

We will not consider

  • Applications that omit any of the 3 essential elements shown above
  • Applications that exceed 5 pages and/or which include extraneous material

Note that it is your responsibility to check your eligibility to apply with the relevant funding body.

The University of Kent is an equal opportunity employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome suitably qualified female, black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the UK.

The School is a Supporter of the LMS Good Practice Scheme and the University is working towards a Bronze Athena SWAN award as a sign of its intention to provide equality of opportunity to all staff. The University is proud to operate within the 'Positive about disabled people' Employment Pledge.

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Last Updated: 07/11/2013