£90,000 Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2022

Written by David on July 31, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    + 44 207 451 2500 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

This program is intended for exceptionally talented scientists who are just starting out in their research careers but have the potential to become industry pioneers in their respective domains. The recipients of these long-term fellowships will have the chance and independence to undertake cutting-edge scientific research in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland as well as create a career in independent research there.

Up until now, the University Research Fellowship (URF) has been a fellowship that lasts for five years and comes with the possibility to seek for an additional extension of three years. Applicants seeking a fellowship that lasts for eight years will have the opportunity to submit a research proposal together with estimated expenditures beginning with this cycle. The completion of a mid-fellowship checkpoint review and sufficient progress will determine whether or not the costs for years six through eight are covered. This review will take place at the beginning of year four. In addition to the modification that was made to the fellowships’ allotted time period, an adjustment was made to the value of the awards in comparison to earlier competitions.


About the Scholarship:

When Christopher Wren, who was professor of astronomy at Gresham College, gave a lecture in 1660, twelve men met and decided to form “a Colledge for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematicall Experimentall Learning” on November 28, 1660. The Royal Society was born around this time. Attendees included scientists such as Robert Boyle and Bishop John Wilkins, as well as courtiers such as Sir Robert Moray and William, 2nd Viscount Brouncker. (Brouncker was to be the Royal Society’s first president.)

However, the organization that was founded in 1660 was distinct from its predecessors, including the London “Experimental Philosophy Club” in 1645, the Oxford “Experimental Philosophy Club” in 1650s, and correspondence networks such as Samuel Hartlib’s, a reformer and philanthropist who advocated for the advancement of science. A charter of organization first granted by Charles II in 1662 and subsequently updated in 1663 helped the company achieve these goals throughout the following years. As a result of the royal charter, the society was able to set up an administrative structure that included a president, treasurer, secretaries, and council members. Despite receiving royal sponsorship almost immediately, the group has maintained its non-profit status and continues to operate independently of the British government.

The motto of the Royal Society is “Nullius in verba,” and the expression “take no one’s word for it” is a translation of this motto. It’s a statement of the Fellows’ determination to stand up to authority and to back up all they say with evidence gleaned from experiments. During the Society’s early years, scientific research and communication took a major leap forward. As far as we know, the first volumes of both Hooke’s Micrographia and the Philosophical Transactions were released only in 1665. Since its inception in 1632, the Philosophical Transactions has never missed a publishing date, making it the world’s oldest scientific magazine and the unchallenged “most prestigious” scientific journal.

Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica was published along with Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment, which established lightning’s electrical properties. In mathematics, both of these made significant contributions. We funded James Cook’s trip to Tahiti, which included stops in Australia and New Zealand, so that he might watch the transit of Venus. We published the first English-language report on inoculation against disease, we approved Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, we reported the eruption of Krakatoa, and we published Chadwick’s discovery of the neutron, which would lead to the unleashing of the atom. These are just a few of the publications that we contributed to.

Some of the most prominent members of the scientific community throughout the last four centuries are among the 8,000 Fellows who have been elected to the Society thus far. There have been numerous people throughout history whose peers have chosen to honor them as pioneers and paragons in their fields. They include Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Sophie Wilson and Tim Berners-Lee, among others.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  Royal Society

Scholarship Country: United Kingdom

Scholarship Worth: £90,000

Scholarship Type:   Fellowship

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

80 percent of the base income, which can reach up to £41,675 in the first year, estates costs, and indirect costs are included in the Research Fellow’s compensation. A yearly contribution to research costs totaling £90,000 will be provided.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • All research must fall under the purview of the Royal Society’s natural sciences committee, which includes, but is not limited to, fields such as chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics in addition to biological research and biomedical sciences.
  • Applicants from the Republic of Ireland (ROI) are eligible for funding from the Science Foundation of Ireland; however, they are required to read the eligibility requirements that are outlined in the relevant scheme notes.
  • You are eligible to submit an application for this program if you:
  • At the time the round closes, you must have between three and eight years of research experience following the completion of your PhD. Career breaks are something that are taken into consideration; you cannot hold a permanent post (including one with a proleptic or rolling contract of employment) in a university or a research organization that is not for profit; you cannot hold, or have not previously held, an equivalent fellowship that provides the opportunity to establish an independent research group and, as a result, independent researcher status; and you must not have a doctoral degree.


Swansea University in the United Kingdom is offering a fully-funded scholarship to Bertarelli Foundation International Ph.D. students for the academic year 2022-2023. For overseas students, the scholarship is a means of encouraging them to continue their studies in marine ecology in the Western Indian Sea.



The Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2022  is open to all International Students


Application Procedure

  • Are you interested, and do you qualify? To submit an application, please visit the Royal Society’s website at grants.royalsociety.org.
  • Your application will be processed according to the steps outlined on the page entitled “Making a grant application,” and it will be supervised by one of their five research appointment panels depending on the subject matter of your research.
  • Physical sciences, earth sciences, environmental physical sciences, and geosciences include astronomy, cosmology, and physics.
  • Both chemistry and engineering are involved.
  • Mathematics, both pure and applied, computer science, statistics, communications engineering, and computer engineering; the mathematical underpinnings of astronomy, physics, cosmology, gravitation, and theoretical physics
  • Molecular and cellular biology, zoology, plant sciences, and physiology are some of the disciplines covered.
  • Biomedical Sciences


Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2022   Is September 6, 2022

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