NERC Independent Research Fellowships

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Deadline: 2 October 2018

The (IRF) NERC Independent Research Fellowship Scheme is aimed to develop scientific leadership among the talented and most promising early-career environmental scientists, by funding all fellows five years’ support, which will permit them to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition.

How to apply:

Applicants can apply through the Je-S system.

Applicants must use the Joint electronic-Submission (Je-S) system to prepare and submit their Fellowship proposal. Applicants who are intend to apply, the organisation where the Fellowship will be held must be registered to use Je-S. New user applicants who dont have a Je-S account they will need to create one.


The submission process that your Fellowship proposal will take subjected upon how the host Research Organisation has organized its submission process. The tutorials give an outline of the submission process through Je-S. If you are submitting a Fellowship via a host organisation that is not your own, you may wish to understand its submission process.

You will be in discussion with the organisation where you wish to take the Fellowship. As part of these discussions, you should ensure that it is content to submit the Fellowship Proposal on your behalf. After submitting the Fellowship Proposal to the Research Council, Research Organisation submitter will be asked to confirm that it has verified your identity. It will also be advised to check Head of Department statement to ensure that it has been completed by an appropriate person.

Closing dates, times and eligibility criteria are made public in the online guidance, or in individual announcements of opportunity. These may vary between schemes so please check the relevant guidance before making your application.


General fellowship enquiries:

Enquiries regarding Je-S submission:
01793 444 164


  1. NERC Independent Research Fellowships (IRFs) are open to researchers of all nations and may be held in any area of the NERC remit, but must be based at an eligible UK research organisation. Selected candidates may not have a permanent academic position in a university or equivalent organisation.
  2. Candidates must submitted their PhD thesis before the fellowship interviews would take place (April following the closing date) and, if successful, would not be able to take up the fellowship until the awarding university has confirmed PhD awarded.
  3. Candidates for NERC IRFs must have a eight years of full-time postdoctoral experience (maximum) from the PhD certificate date to closing date of fellowship competition to which they are applying.
  4. Candidates should not have a permanent academic position (or the equivalent in institutions other than universities). NERC staff in Bands 5 and 6 only can apply for a fellowship and, if selected, would have to resign from their position in order to accept fellowship.
Quick Overview———
Organization NERC
Level Postdoc
Country UK
Subject areas Environmental Science
Eligibility PhD
Deadline 2 October 2018

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