Blog from July, 2021

The Academy are pleased to announce a new initiative, Access Mentoring, which aims to provide additional pre-application support to applicants from groups that are persistently underrepresented within UK engineering. This positive action will contribute to improving diversity in the talent pipeline and widening the diversity of applicants and awardees within the Academy’s research grant schemes.

Access Mentoring will provide the applicant with advice in producing a high-quality application aligned to expectations of the scheme.

Access Mentoring is currently accepting applications for the current rounds of the following schemes:  


Access Mentoring deadline*

Research Fellowships (early career)

30 July 2021

Research Chairs and Senior Research Fellowships

12 August 2021

*The deadlines are subject to capacity of mentors being reached and may close sooner   

More information can be found here.

The British Academy is inviting proposals from early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences wishing to pursue an independent research project, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research. Fellowships last for 36 months, and The British Academy have amended this year's eligibility rules in response to Covid-19 disruption.

More information can be found here.

Funder deadline = 14 October 2021 (noting that University deadlines will be prior to this)

This scheme is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. These long term fellowships provide the opportunity and freedom to build an independent research career in the UK or Republic of Ireland and pursue cutting-edge scientific research.

The funder deadline is 7th September 2021 and more information can be found here: University Research Fellowship 

Note: Following the Wellcome Trust’s new approach to fellowships and subsequent closure of the Sir Henry Dale Fellowship scheme, the Society is pleased to announce that applications in the biomedical sciences remit will now be eligible for the University Research Fellowship scheme. For a full list of subject areas eligible for the next round of University Research Fellowships, please see our guidance page