The Royal Society 2022 University Research Fellowship (URF) (£90,000 per annum)

Deadline: September 6, 2022

The Royal Society 2022 University Research Fellowship (URF) (£90,000 per annum)

The Royal Society 2022 University Research Fellowship (URF) Program is now open to applications . This program is intended for great researchers who are just starting out in their careers but have the potential to become pioneers in their field. These long-term scholarships give recipients the chance and independence to pursue cutting-edge scientific research while establishing independent research careers in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

The University Research Fellowship (URF) has formerly been a five-year fellowship with a three-year extension option. Candidates will have the chance to submit a research plan and expenditures for an eight-year fellowship starting with the current cycle. Costs for years six to eight will depend on whether or not progress is sufficient and whether or not a mid-fellowship checkpoint evaluation is finished at the beginning of year four. In addition to the adjustment in the fellowships’ tenure, the award sum has also been revised in comparison to prior rounds.


This program provides:

  1. Research Fellow’s salary: 80% of the basic salary costs up to £41,675 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs
  2. Contribution to research expenses of £90,000 per annum


Research must be inside the purview of the natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics, as well as the Royal Society’s remit.

It is important for applicants from Ireland (ROI) to understand the qualifying requirements in the programme notes since they are supported by Science Foundation Ireland.

You can apply for this program if you:

  • have between three to eight years of research experience since your PhD by the closing date of the round. Career breaks are taken into account;
  • do not hold a permanent post (including proleptic or rolling contract of employment) in a university or not for profit research organisation
  • do not hold, or have not previously held, an equivalent fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status.

How to Apply

Depending on your research topic, one of their five research appointment committees will oversee the process outlined on the Making a grant application page for your submission.

  1. Astronomy, cosmology, physics, earth sciences, environmental physical sciences & geosciences
  2. Chemistry and engineering
  3. Pure and applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, communications and computer engineering; the mathematical aspects of astronomy, physics, cosmology, gravitation, theoretical physics
  4. Molecular and cellular biology, zoology, plant sciences and physiology
  5. Biomedical Sciences


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