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The University of Southampton

Externally Funded Research Fellowships

We are looking for the next generation of rising stars to join us at Southampton. Are you an independent researcher seeking to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges?

Southampton has an excellent track record in hosting and supporting externally funded research fellowships at all levels and nurturing fellows to the next stage in their academic and research career.

A fellowship at Southampton can provide you with the opportunity to have focused time to conduct independent research and enable you to establish your academic career in a vibrant and inclusive, research-intensive environment with mentoring from world leaders.

Why Southampton?

It is important to think carefully about your choice of host institution and where you will have the best opportunity to develop your career. You will need to justify your choice of host institution to reviewers. One area, which is important, is the host institution support which needs to include an appropriate career development package and may include additional support.

Externally funded research fellows at the University of Southampton will benefit from the following :

In addition, we offer:

We welcome enquiries from fellowship applicants at any career stage, or academics wishing to transfer their existing fellowship to Southampton.

Get in contact with us at

 Case studies

Imogen Gingell

Imogen Gingell

"As a partner of the Alan Turing Institute the University provides a great vehicle for building skill and collaborations in machine learning."

Ömer Gürdoğan

Ömer Gürdoğan

"The research environment at Southampton is really productive. My research is in the space between maths and physics, so the STAG Research Centre is a huge asset for me."

Eric Numkam Fokoua

Eric Numcam Fokoua

"Southampton hosts the largest photonics research centre in the UK and probably the best optical fibre research facilities for any university in the world."

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

"I have had the pleasure to be exposed to some seriously impressive people. My profile has also been enhanced, which has led to more invitations to do various things."

How to apply

If you are interested in coming to Southampton, please contact the Fellowships Team at so that we can put you in touch with the appropriate contact in your host school/faculty.  Please complete an EOI and provide a CV.

Fellowship opportunities

Some fellowships have institutional restrictions on numbers. The Fellowships Team can provide information on the selection process for these schemes.

Research community: Future Leader Network

The Future Leader Network provides a community for fellows from across all disciplines across the university to meet to discuss topics of mutual interest and share experiences. This network provides a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration and mutual support.

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