Biochemical Engineering | EPSRC Doctoral Prize @ UCL, London | UK: The EPSRC Doctoral Prize scheme supports fellowships of two years’ duration for exceptional researchers who have recently finished an EPSRC-funded PhD.

UCL has approximately 10 awards to make every year. 

These are prestigious fellowships that are intended to provide support for outstanding candidates who are beginning to develop independent research careers.

They are not intended as follow-on support to enable recently graduated students to continue working on their PhD project.

Biochemical Engineering | EPSRC Doctoral Prize @ UCL, London | UK

We are looking to provide opportunities for candidates who anticipate applying for prestigious fellowships (for example, those offered by the Royal Academy of Engineering, EPSRC or the Royal Society) and would benefit from a further two years’ funding before making such applications.

Calls for applications are held every 6 months with closing dates in December and June. Students from other institutions who meet the eligibility criteria may also apply to join UCL under this scheme.

Summer Call now open for applications: Deadline, June 10th 2018

Award details | Biochemical Engineering | EPSRC Doctoral Prize @ UCL, London | UK:

Doctoral Prize fellowships are 2 years in duration. They cover the applicant’s salary for 2 years as well as research-related costs. Fellows should propose a project which, although can build on their PhD studies, should constitute a new and discrete programme of work. Doctoral Prize awardees are expected to apply for further fellowship funding, from external sources, within the duration of their award. Host Departments should nominate a suitable mentor for each successful fellow, who will be their first point of contact for all matters relating to their personal and professional development as an independent researcher.

Financial Details | Biochemical Engineering | EPSRC Doctoral Prize @ UCL, London | UK

The fellow’s salary will be calculated based on the standard UCL starting salary for postdoctoral researchers. Applicants can also request research expenses including travel & subsistence, consumables and facilities costs. Typically, requests of up to £10K/annum will be considered reasonable, although it is recognised that this will vary by domain. All costs, except for the fellow’s salary, need to be fully justified. Note that the funds cannot be used to buy any single piece of equipment costing more than £10,000.

Eligibility Criteria | Biochemical Engineering | EPSRC Doctoral Prize @ UCL, London | UK

  • Applicants should either be about to submit their PhD, or have submitted their PhD no more than 6 months before the closing date;
  • The proposed project must be primarily within the EPSRC remit;
  • The candidate must have the support of their host Department, who will nominate a suitable mentor for the applicant;
  • The project mentor must not be the candidates’ PhD Supervisor
  • The proposed project must be 2 years in duration;
  • The candidate must have received EPSRC PhD funding prior to the award;
  • The candidate must have submitted their PhD before the fellowship can commence;
  • Candidates must have the right to work in the UK;
  • If unsuccessful, applicants are not allowed to reapply for this scheme unless they have been specifically invited to by the panel.

Proposal format:

Proposals should be led and submitted by the fellowship candidate. The application should consist of a:

  • 3-side Case for Support
  • 2-side CV
  • 1-side Host Department Letter of Support

All documents should be written in font size 11 or above (Arial or Times New Roman) with 2cm margins all around.

The Case for Support (no more than 3 sides) should give details of the applicant’s name and host department, the start and end date, the project title, and the proposed mentor. It should also describe the background, aims and objectives, methodology and work plan for the project, and include a brief statement of the applicant’s career goals. It should also detail and justify all non-salary costs. Applicants are encouraged to consider the review criteria in preparing their proposal.

The Letter of Support (no more than one side) should be signed by the relevant Head of Department. As well as detailing the personal qualities of the applicant, it should detail the fit of the proposed project to the Department’s research strategy, and the support the candidate will receive if successful (including mentoring).

Completed applications should be sent to [email protected] by 11.59pm on June 10th 2018

Review Criteria:

Applications will be considered by a small panel of academics, chaired by Professor Murray Fraser, Vice-Dean for Research, UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. As part of the assessment, applicants will be asked to attend a short 15-minute interview during which they will also provide a 3-minute presentation about their proposed project. Interviews will be held at UCL on July 2nd 2018 (exact timings TBC). For external candidates, to minimise travel requirements, it will be possible to join this interview virtually (via Skype). Depending on demand, it may be necessary to pre-select a subset of candidates for interview based on the documents submitted.

The criteria used by the panel to select successful candidates will be as follows:

  • Track record of the applicant (in research as well as related duties such as supervision, teaching, public engagement, knowledge transfer, and so on);
  • Quality of the proposed project (including perceived novelty, planning and methodology);
  • Appropriateness of the resources;
  • Independence, leadership potential, and long-term career plans of the applicant.

Award conditions:

  • Successful applicants will be granted up to one calendar year to commence their fellowships. Where there is a delay, awards will be reduced or withdrawn.
  •  Successful applicants can commence the fellowship prior to their viva, however, fellowships may be withdrawn should candidates fail the viva or receive substantial corrections
  • Successful applicants are expected to deliver outreach as part of their award
  • Successful applicant’s project and personal details will be reported to EPSRC for monitoring purposes.
  • On completion of their Fellowship, successful candidates will be asked to report on their Fellowship, including details of outputs, impact, benefits etc. which can be reported to EPSRC as required.

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