Independent Research Fellowships

Interested to apply for Independent Research Fellowships? Please express your interest by 12/03/2021.

The Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford can support the best early career researchers to apply for an independent research fellowship such as:

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

There is an annual deadline to express your interest in obtaining the Department’s support to apply for these fellowships. Interest is welcome from early career researchers in all areas of plant biology, including those at interdisciplinary boundaries with the physical or medical sciences who may draw on the outstanding breadth of Oxford’s research environment. If you wish to seek the Department’s support to apply for any of the fellowships listed above, you must engage with this process. For more junior fellowship schemes, such as 1851, Marie Curie, HFSP, EMBO and Newton International Fellowships, candidates should instead work directly with individual members of academic staff. 

To express your interest, please email the following three documents to

(i) an up-to-date CV, (ii) a two-page research proposal, and (iii) a completed IRF cover sheet that can be dowloaded here 

Please submit all of these documents by Friday 12 March, 2021.

Glasstone Fellowships

In addition to the above, researchers may apply for a Glasstone Research Fellowship. 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’s website, generally in late September, with applications due in October.