Centre for Behaviour and Evolution



We're keen to attract post-doctoral fellows to come and work with us. Our aim is to support your research at all stages of your fellowship.

We provide you with a stimulating environment in which to conduct high-quality research.


The following organisations offer fellowships for independent postdoctoral researchers to work in the UK:

  • NERC
  • the Royal Society
  • the Leverhulme Trust
  • the Wellcome Trust

These fellowships are highly competitive. Successful applicants generally have between two and five years of postdoctoral experience.

EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship

The EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme may fund researchers from the EU to work in the UK fairly soon after the completion of their doctorates.

International fellowships

In addition, there are other international fellowship schemes supported by some organisations. For example, the Royal Society is supporting incoming fellows from Asia and USA. 

Supporting women

Some fellowships are particularly aimed at supporting women in their research careers. For example, the Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research fellowship scheme and the BBSRC Returners to Research fellowships. You will need to check the pages of each individual funder to find out which scheme(s) might be right for you.

How to apply

Given the competitive nature of these fellowships, it's important to contact a member of the Centre who will be able to support you in your application.

This will include ensuring that you will have access to the facilities that you need for your project, as well as helping you with your application.

Several CBE members have been involved in successful fellowship applications. They will be able to help and guide you.