Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

Oxford Fellowships

Junior Research Fellowships (JRF)

Stipendiary JRF’s are full-time research posts funded by an Oxford college. JRFs are advertised on the university's jobs portal, as well as college websites. The fellowships usually include access to college facilities, membership in the Senior Common Room (SCR), meals and sometimes accommodation. Some colleges require their JRFs to be involved in college teaching. The Mathematics, Physics and Life Sciences Division maintains a list of fellowships here

Non-stipendiary JRFs are unpaid fellowships and typically offer membership in the Senior Common Room, free meals, and the opportunity to participate in college life. Like stipendiary JRFs, these JRFs are usually advertised in the Oxford University Gazette and often on the Mathematical Institute's website (see also the MPLS link above).

Hooke Fellowships

These prestigious Fellowships are full-time, fixed term up to 36 months and provide an ideal opportunity for candidates to pursue an independent research programme.  Up to 3 Hooke Fellowships and 3 Titchmarsh Fellowships are available. They are advertised in November each year on the Mathematical Institute's website

Glasstone Fellowships

Set up to encourage scientists at an early stage of their career to follow their research interests at Oxford. The fellowships provide an exciting opportunity to conduct an original programme of research and to gain some experience of teaching. 

Applications open each Autumn, between early September and mid-October, and fellowships normally start from 1 October of the following year. When an advertisement is open, more detail about the fellowships and about how to apply can be found on the university's jobs portal.



Other Fellowships

The Newton International Fellowship

Enabling researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. 
The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Fellowships  are advertised in January each year.  Further details here

Marie Sklodowska-Curie

Supports researchers at all stages of their careers, regardless of age and nationality. Further details here.

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

1851 Research Fellowships are intended to give early career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation; an ultimate objective is to contribute to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative national culture. Around eight awards are made each year, including the 1851 Brunel Fellowship for a successful candidate who has proposed a project to be pursued in an academic engineering environment. Application is through the website online submission


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