The goal of the Royal Society Wolfson Fellowships is to enable UK universities and research institutes to recruit and attract exceptional international research leaders to the UK by providing long-term support and flexible financing to conduct high-quality research
In disciplines determined to be strategically significant by the institution, improve research and help establish a critical mass of excellence in the UK’s leading university departments and research institutions.
This scheme is open to applications
Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship: This scheme is open to applications and will close on 23 March 2022 at 3 pm UK time
Am I eligible to apply?
Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society.
Applicants can be of any nationality and those requiring a visa are eligible to apply for a Global Talent Visa under the fast-track process of endorsement.
To be eligible to apply you must be currently based overseas and have received a firm offer from a UK university or research institution to take effect from the start of the appointment.
Nominations will not be accepted for researchers wishing to move between UK institutions.
The Royal Society recognizes that diversity is essential for delivering excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Society wants to encourage applications from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to maximize innovation and creativity in science for the benefit of humanity. We regularly review and revise processes to help ensure that all talented applicants have an equitable chance to succeed as per the assessment criteria. This includes ensuring all panel members are briefed on unconscious bias in decision-making as part of our assessment process.
Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained above
What is the scheme’s value and tenure?
This scheme provides up to five years of funding.
Up to £300,000 can be requested. Funding can be used flexibly by the research fellow and as part of their start-up package to support their research program and team.
What is the application process?
Your application will go through the process detailed on the Making a grant application page overseen by the Wolfson Fellowship Panel.
The Vice-Chancellor, Institute Director (or their nominated representative) will need to contact the Royal Society Grants Office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), after which a weblink to a nomination form on the Royal Society’s Grants and Awards management system (Flexi-Grant®) will be provided. After the completed nomination form has been considered by the Royal Society, the nominated researcher (applicant) will be sent a link inviting them to complete and submit a full application in that current round on Flexi-Grant®.
There are normally three rounds per year. Applications received by the application deadline will be considered at the Selection Panel meeting and the outcome is likely to be announced by the end of July 2022.