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EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships

Applications closed on 30 April 2024.

Start your career as an independent researcher

This fellowship is designed to be your first step towards an independent research career.

EPSRC-funded PhD students have the chance to receive 24 months of additional support, after completing their PhD.

The expected start date for this fellowship will fall within the 2024 / 2025 academic year.

You can use the fellowship to:

  • undertake significant new work
  • complete key publications resulting from your PhD
  • develop research networks
  • facilitate knowledge transfer
  • deliver outreach activities

If you have any questions, email

Your application

Before you apply, you must nominate a project sponsor and agree on your project. You’ll need to propose a novel research project in an area that fits within the EPSRC’s funding remit.

The scheme is designed to offer support and flexibility. You’ll need to outline the exact details of your fellowship.

We encourage applications from all EPSRC PhD students – especially those from outside Newcastle University.

How to apply

Applications closed on 30 April 2024.

To apply, you must submit these documents:

Your head of school support form, and project sponsor nomination form, should be signed and submitted as a PDF.

Please also read the fellowship guidelines (PDF: 263KB) for more info about the application process, eligibility and start date.

Project sponsor

You must choose an appropriate academic staff member, from Newcastle University, who can act as your project sponsor. Your project sponsor can not be your PhD supervisor

Before you apply, you should approach them and discuss your planned research proposal. Your project sponsor must be willing to support your project and, where appropriate, host the project in their research facilities.


The fellowship will be funded for a maximum of 24 months. It'll have a minimum starting salary of £33,966 (pro-rata for part-time requirements). You'll also receive a minimum of £5,000 towards associated consumables, travel and outreach activities.