Independent Research Fellowships

The Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford can support the best early career researchers to apply for an independent research fellowship from a UK or international research sponsor. We are also keen to hear from researchers who may wish to transfer a current fellowship to the Department.

Fellowship opportunities include:
  • BBSRC Discovery Fellowship
  • BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowship
  • NERC Fellowship
  • ERC Starting Grants.

The Department has an annual deadline to receive information from potential candidates for fellowships. A date for 2019 will be announced in the New Year. We welcome interest from early career researchers in all areas of plant biology, including those at interdisciplinary boundaries with the physical or medical sciences that may draw on the outstanding breadth of Oxford’s research environment.  

To express your interest, please email a two-page research plan and your CV to Please also complete and send the IRF cover sheet to summarise your experience for our panel.

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.  An advertisement will be placed on the University of Oxford website, generally in late September, with applications due in October.

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