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2024 The Royal Society Career Development Fellowship in UK 

2024 The Royal Society Career Development Fellowship in UK

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Country: UK
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2024 The Royal Society Career Development Fellowship in UK

The Career Development Fellowship (CDF) is a four-year, postdoctoral research fellowship that aims to support the retention in STEM of researchers from underrepresented backgrounds. The scheme will initially run as a pilot with researchers from Black heritage. If successful, the pilot may be broadened to researchers from other underrepresented groups.

The scheme has been developed following cross-sector roundtables and Royal Society-commissioned reports which looked at trends across 11 years of Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) data and benchmarked the Society’s early career fellowships against the eligible applicant pool.

This process identified a need for interventions across the academic pipeline to support researchers from Black or Mixed Black African, Black Caribbean or other Black heritage backgrounds, particularly researchers making the transition from postgraduate to early postdoctoral stages.

Fellowships will provide funding to conduct high-quality research and a comprehensive program of mentoring, training, and networking opportunities to support award holders in establishing a successful research career in the UK. The Royal Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history, and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas. The very first ‘learned society’ meeting on 28 November 1660 followed a lecture at Gresham College by Christopher Wren. Joined by other leading polymaths including Robert Boyle and John Wilkins, the group soon received royal approval, and from 1663 it would be known as ‘The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge’.

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The Royal Society’s motto ‘Nullius in verba’ is taken to mean ‘take nobody’s word for it’. It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand the domination of authority and to verify all statements by an appeal to facts determined by experiment.

Location: United Kingdom

 Benefits for Career Development Fellowship

  • Up to £690,000 over four years to cover the Research Fellow’s salary and associated on-costs (at 80%), directly allocated costs (at 80%), and research expenses;
  • A high-quality program of training, mentoring, and engagement to support career development;
  • Flexibility to accommodate personal circumstances including part-time work. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, adoption, or extended sick leave.
  • Applicants can request relocation and visa costs for themselves and their dependants (partners and children). These costs can be requested in addition to the total grant cap of £690,000 over four years.

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  • Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society.
  • The applicant can apply for the pilot scheme if they:
    • Self-identify as being from a Black heritage including mixed Black background;
    • Have a Ph.D. or will have one by the time the funding starts; but have less than 24 months of post-doctoral experience;
  • Both UK and non-UK-domiciled researchers who wish to conduct their research in the UK are eligible.

Eligible Regions: Open for all.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline24 January,2024
Open toopen for all
OrganizerThe Royal Society
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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