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How does BBSRC support fellowships?

As of 6 August 2020, the BBSRC Review of Fellowship Investments can be found here. This report outlines the comprehensive review undertaken over the past year to evaluate BBSRC’s current fellowships investment strategy.

BBSRC Council agreed with the recommendations of the Review, resulting in the temporary pausing of the David Phillips Fellowship scheme effective after the allocation of the 2020 David Phillips Fellowship scheme.

Read the BBSRC Review of Fellowship Investments and the BBSRC response to the Review.

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BBSRC has schemes to support excellent researchers at various stages in their careers, providing a prestigious opportunity to develop their skills as a scientist, group leader and impact generator.

We invest in fellowships both directly, and in partnership with other organisations.

Fellowships available

David Phillips Fellowships: Supports outstanding researchers to conduct very high-quality research and establish independent academic careers

Discovery Fellowships (previously Future Leader Fellowship): Supports researchers who show excellent potential and who wish to undertake independent research in a host research group and gain the skills required to be successful in future leadership roles

The Daphne Jackson Fellowship: Supports scientists wishing to return to research after a career break of two of more years. The scheme is administered by the Daphne Jackson Trust

Enterprise Fellowships: Supports researchers to develop a full business plan and seek investment for a business idea based upon BBSRC research, and provides the training needed to achieve this successfully. This scheme is administered by the Royal Society of Edinburgh

UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship: Supports early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments to tackle difficult and novel challenges with adventurous, ambitious programmes.

Applicants for a UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship are not permitted to simultaneously apply to the BBSRC Discovery Fellowship or David Phillips Fellowship call.

BBSRC’s expectations of Research Organisations who host Fellows and of the Fellows themselves, as well as details of BBSRC’s role in supporting Fellows, are set out in UK Research and Innovation's policy and frameworks webpage (see external links).


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