Research Career Re-entry Fellowships

This scheme offers postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers after a continuous break from research of at least two years.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Postdoctoral research, Leading a research programme, Returning to research

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland

Type of researcher:

Basic, Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Duration of funding:

Up to 4 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply


Postdoctoral research

For researchers with a PhD or equivalent.

Leading a research programme

For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.

Returning to research

For people who want to return to a research career after a break of two years or more.

Republic of Ireland

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.


You're a clinically qualified doctor, vet, dentist or a clinical psychologist.

Public health

Develop your research career

See our other schemes for researchers who are interested in postdoctoral research or leading a research programme.

Key dates

We consider applications twice a year.

October 2017 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    16 October 2017, 17:00 BST

  • Full application deadline

    15 December 2017, 17:00 GMT

  • Interviews

    25–27 April 2018

April 2018 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    18 April 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Full application deadline

    27 June 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Interviews

    31 October–2 November 2018

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact the relevant person in our Science team.

People we've funded