Our independent research fellowships Our independent research fellowships

The School of Environmental Sciences values Independent Fellows highly, and will provide an excellent environment for you to develop and realize your world-class research potential. We warmly welcome applications from ambitious and talented scientists and social scientists, and will help you to select, develop and secure an Independent Research Fellowship.

About us

Research in the School addresses several overarching themes, namely: climate, biodiversity, ocean and atmospheric interactions; the governance of resources and sustainability; and geosciences and natural hazards.  It houses international centres of excellence such as the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; the Climatic Research Unit; the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change; the 3S (Science, Society and Sustainability) Research Group; and CSERGE – the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment. We also play a leading role in the Earth and Life Systems Alliance which facilitates multi-disciplinary projects across the NRP (www.elsa.ac.uk). 

The outcomes of these interdisciplinary collaborations between themes and centres are widely recognised in the international community. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise conducted by the UK government, 35% of research was judged to be world leading (4*), while 53% was rated as internationally excellent (3*). The School was 3rd placed in the UK in terms of its volume of world-leading research and 5th placed in terms of research ‘power’. The policy and societal Impact generated by its research was ranked 1st in the UK. We attract significant research grant income from a very wide range of public and private funders, and have internal mentoring and reviewing systems which allow us to achieve high success rates with the UK science research councils.

In the School our collaborative and interdisciplinary research addresses many of society’s grand challenges, as well as tackling key questions in fundamental discovery science. The School of Environmental Sciences is one of the longest established and largest interdisciplinary departments of environmental sciences in Europe. It is very widely known throughout the world for its uniquely holistic and interdisciplinary approach to research, integrating physical, chemical, biological, and social sciences to understand better the interaction between natural and human environmental systems. We have close links to our partner institutes across the Norwich Research Park (NRP), one of Europe’s largest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, climate, food, health, and plant and microbial sciences, providing Research Fellows with superb opportunities to build up their research profile. At UEA, you will have access to a wide range of hi-tech facilities through the NRP Virtual Technology Centre, and will join a community of researchers that recently made Norwich fourth in the UK for the number of ‘most highly cited scientists’ (Thomson Reuters 2014).

How we can help you

We have a proven record of supporting externally-funded Research Fellows, from successful application to project delivery, and on to career development and a permanent academic position in ENV.  We have detailed experience of Fellowship schemes including those supported by NERC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, Marie Sklowdowska-Curie and the European Research Council.  We run informal drop-in sessions for different Fellowship schemes, and seminars on planning and writing applications, all led by current or recent Fellows, as well as experienced reviewers and panellists for a range of different research funders. Where applications require, we will explore matched funds for high quality applicants that are likely to succeed.

Our Research and Enterprise Service will nominate an experienced Project Officer who will help you develop your application, including help with costings, deadlines, rules, regulations and eligibility, which can sometimes be complicated.

In short, we can help:

- Introduce you to relevant academic staff who are leaders in your research area
- Advise on different funding schemes and their suitability to your career stage
- Design your proposal and provide feedback on drafts
- Cost out your proposal and plan budgets
- Prepare you and practice for your interview
- Identify resources such as facilities, space or additional funding

Once you win your Fellowship, we will help you with:

- Integrating you into the relevant School and research and office space
- Mentoring from senior colleagues and introductions to new collaborations
- Training and personal development
- Managing your research contract, budget and purchasing
- Access to top-class research facilities
- Support with writing and submitting further funding proposals
- Access to PhD studentship funding
- Building and managing your own research team
- Opportunities to gain teaching experience
- Opportunities for progression to permanent academic position

Get in touch

If you are an ambitious scientist who is ready to progress your research career through an Independent Fellowship, please get in touch sooner rather than later, as it takes time to develop a successful Fellowship application! 

It is possible that you already have an established contact in the School. If not, e-mail the Director of Research Andy Jordan (a.jordan@uea.ac.uk) or the “Fellowships Champion” Colin Murrell (J.C.Murrell@uea.ac.uk), who will be happy to discuss your application further.

For those of you who have already secured a Fellowship, we are also happy to discuss whether transferring it to UEA would be a good idea.


We are familiar with most of the common funding schemes for UK science Fellowships, including:

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship
BBSRC Future Leaders Fellowship
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships
Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellowship
Cancer Research UK Career Establishment Award
Cancer Research UK Clinical Scientist Fellowship
Daphne Jackson Fellowships
EPSRC Fellowships
ESRC Future Research Leaders
European Research Council Starting Grants 
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellowship
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
MRC Career Development Awards
MRC Early Career Fellowship in the Economics of Health
MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship
NERC Independent Research Fellowships
Newton International Research Fellowships
Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship
Royal Society University Research Fellowships
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships
Royal Society Newton International Fellowships
Royal Society Education Research Fellowship
STFC Advanced Fellowships
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships
Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellowships
Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science
Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellowships