Independent Research Fellowships

Independent Research Fellowships

The Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford is keen to hear from early career researchers who feel they have what it takes to secure an independent research fellowship from a UK or international research sponsor. We welcome applications from excellent candidates in all areas of plant biology, but would be particularly interested in hearing from individuals who could contribute to strategic priorities in plant health and plant-microbe interactions, or develop interdisciplinary interactions with the physical sciences.

Fellowship opportunities include:

  • BBSRC Future Leader Fellowship
  • BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowship
  • NERC Fellowship
  • ERC Starting Grants.

These schemes enable the best early career researchers to establish themselves as independent research fellows with their own research groups. The fellowships are prestigious and competitive. Sponsors' eligibility criteria apply. We can support the best candidates to apply for fellowships. We are also keen to hear from fellows who may wish to transfer a current fellowship to the Department. To enquire about becoming an Independent Research Fellow in the Department of Plant Sciences, please email a 2-page summary of your research plan and your CV to

  • Glasstone Fellowships. In addition to the above, researchers may apply for a Glasstone Research Fellowship. The Glasstone Research Fellowships are supported by the Glasstone Bequest. The Violette and Samuel Glasstone Research Fellowships in Science are tenable at the University of Oxford, in the fields of Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic or Physical), Engineering, Mathematics (including Computer Science and Statistics), Materials, Physics, and Plant Sciences. Each year, two fellowships are awarded. An advertisement will be placed on the University of Oxford website in late October, with applications due in December.