The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. It has a dual role as the UK academy of science, acting nationally and internationally, and as a provider of a broad range of services for the UK scientific community.
The Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships, established through the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust, seek to provide opportunities for experienced academic researchers to focus on full-time research for up to one year by relieving them of all their teaching and administrative duties during that period. Preference is given to candidates who, as well as demonstrating scientific excellence, can show that such relief is particularly needed and timely.
Fellowships can be held at an applicant’s own university, or any university or not-forprofit research organisation in the UK. This includes industrial research organisations in the UK approved by the Council of the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust. The subjects covered are all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.
Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent and hold a permanent post at a UK university or eligible not-for-profit institution. Applicants must be at a stage in their career when they have a well-established, fully independent research programme of their own, and would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research. They should not have had sabbatical leave or other support relieving them of teaching and administrative duties for a total of one year or more in the three years preceding submission of an application.
Applications from mid-career candidates are particularly encouraged.
A fellow’s employing institution is reimbursed for full salary costs (including USS and NI) for an applicant (up to the equivalent of the minimum point on the lectureship scale as paid by host university). Research expenses of up to a maximum of £2,500 are also available to cover costs of consumables, equipment, travel etc. The length of tenure is between one academic term and one year.
Applications should be made using the Royal Society’s Flexi-Grant system by the closing date of 21 February 2018.