Fellowship opportunities

The School of Mathematics and Statistics seeks to support fellowship applications from outstanding individuals who are at a career stage where a prestigious independent fellowship will offer the opportunity to develop an independent research profile and enable them to become a research leader of the future.

The School offers a supportive and collaborative environment on which to build an independent career with a strong tradition of nurturing and promoting independent research fellows. Many current academics of the School have joined through this route.

To express an interest in any of the schemes listed below, contact Dr Antonia Wilmot-Smith (Head of School, mathshos@st-andrews.ac.uk) and Professor Mike Todd (Director of Research, maths-dor@st-andrews.ac.uk) and include a CV and a separate outline of your proposed research (two pages).

When assessing your expression of interest for support, the School considers:

  • your track record
  • the research that you propose to carry out and how it is embedded in the School and fits with our Strategy.
  • your career stage, experience and why you would benefit from this fellowship at this stage in your career.
  • the fit of your proposal and CV to the fellowship scheme you intend to apply to.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award and encourages expressions of interest from highly motivated candidates of any self-identifying group.

Fellowship schemes

The School is looking to support exceptional candidates in the schemes listed below.  Note that most of these have annual deadlines, dates are indicative:

Postdoctoral fellowships (2-5 years, funding only the position of the fellow):

The last two of these fellowships, and the first below, are most relevant to the Solar and Magnetospheric group, see their webpage here: Solar MHD page.

Advanced fellowships (5 years and more):

  • Ernest Rutherford Fellowships – early career fellowship for five years, in the research area of the STFC remit.
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowships – for applicants between 3-8 years after their PhD, submission deadline typically in September.
  • Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships – offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health-related reasons.
  • UKRI (EPSRC) Open Fellowships – there are rolling deadlines for this scheme, please check EPSRC’s webpage for the one applicable for the area of your intended application. Expressions of interest are welcome at any time.
  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships – these fellowships provide funding for up to seven years, with a clear path to a permanent position. Applications for these fellowships are subject to demand management at the University level – so please enquire about six months before the published deadlines about applications for these.
  • ERC Starting Grants  – prestigious five year awards.

Important: Please check your eligibility to apply with the relevant funding body.