Chemical sciences research

Studentships and fellowships

We enrol new PhD students every year, usually in September. If you are interested in being a PhD student in Chemical Sciences at Keele, please read about our research themes. The list of current funded studentships is available here: current studentships on offer (search for the research topic: Chemical Sciences). We also welcome applications from self-funded students. Please contact the academic member of staff that you are interested in working with directly.

Postdoctoral fellowships

If you have any questions or want to discuss possible projects, send an email to the researcher you would like to work with. Note that most of the deadlines are at a similar date every year. Please double-check exact deadlines on the fellowships' web pages.

Application deadline: September-October

The Ernest Rutherford Fellowships will enable early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. They will encourage talented researchers in UK universities to remain in the country and at the same time attract outstanding overseas researchers to the UK. Fellows will receive support for their salary and be able to bid for significant additional funds to support their research.

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

Application deadline: September

The University Research Fellowships scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who should have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.

Royal Society University Research Fellowships

Application deadline: February

The scheme of 1851 Research Fellowships is intended to give a few PhD level scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity for conducting research for a further period of two years. Approximately eight awards are made each year.

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowships

Application deadline: Year-round

The EPSRC Fellowship aims to provide greater support to the aspiring and current world-leading individuals who are delivering the highest quality research to meet UK and global priorities. Through links to our strategic priorities and focussing on areas where growth is required, Fellowships develop the next generation of researchers with the greatest potential across the postdoctoral, early and established career stages.

EPSRC Fellowships

Application deadline: August

Within the European Marie Curie People scheme, there is the opportunity for young and senior scientists to apply for their own postdoctoral fellowships, which can take place at European Universities. The postdoc is the PI for the Marie Curie Fellowship and Keele is the host.

There are two types of Individual Fellowships:

  • European Fellowships
    • Held in the EU or associated countries.
    • Open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe.
    • Can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave.
    • Can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe.
  • Global Fellowships
    • Fund secondments outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries.
    • There is a mandatory one-year return period.
    • European and Global Fellowships can also include a secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe, where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.

More information available at:

Note that Keele University offers support from an EU grant expert to help prepare these applications.

Application deadline: March-April (calls around January)

The scheme provides the opportunity for the best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years.

The scheme is jointly run by the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society. Currently there is one round per year which opens in January.

Newton International Fellowships

Application deadline: contact

Under this program, fellowships are awarded to young Japanese postdoctoral researchers for conducting research at foreign universities or research institutions for a period of two years. The fellowship covers travel expenses, a stipend, and a research grant.

In 2015, more than 300 of these fellowships have been awarded.

JSPS Fellowships for Japanese citizens (Japanese version)

Application deadline: May, annually 

The David Phillips Fellowship (DPF) will provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. The DPF will invest in scientists who have shown high potential, can demonstrate that they are on an upward trajectory with clear evidence of strong scientific outputs and leadership qualities, and are aiming to establish their own fully independent programme of research. 

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship

Application deadline: February, annually 

For early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship

Application deadline: see website for different schemes 

If you have a PhD or equivalent, or you’re about to finish one, you can apply for postdoctoral research funding in biomedical science e.g. Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships or Springboard Awards.

Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Awards

Application Deadline: See website for advertised opportunities

Daphne Jackson Fellowships are retraining fellowships for women and men who have taken a break of two years or more from STEM research for family, caring or health reasons.

Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships

Application deadline: October

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world-class.  

The scheme aims to help the next generation of researchers, tech entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovators get the support they need to develop their careers. The scheme is open to the best researchers and innovators from businesses and universities around the world, ensuring the UK continues to attract the most exceptional talent wherever they may come from.

Future Leaders Fellowships

School address

Lennard-Jones School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
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Keele University
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Programme directors

Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry
Dr Matthew O'Brien
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Forensic Science
Dr Jamie K. Pringle
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Physics and Astrophysics
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Admission tutors

Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry
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Forensic Science
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Physics and Astrophysics
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