Prestigious Research Fellowship Opportunities at Imperial College London

Prestigious Research Fellowship Opportunities at Imperial College London

Imperial College London has opened the Imperial College Research Fellowship scheme. APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

This is an exciting opportunity for outstanding early-career researchers to establish their independent research careers and become research leaders of the future.  The College is looking for people from all backgrounds and from all over the world, as it recognises that diversity is key to successful creativity.

An Exceptional Career-Development Opportunity

Imperial College Research Fellowships are open to early-career post-doctoral researchers to undertake a period of research and transition towards their own independence.
Candidates should have a PhD and would normally have no more than four years post-doctoral research experience in an academic environment.
This opportunity is equivalent to the British Academy’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship and Wellcome Trust Henry Wellcome fellowship schemes.

A Great Financial Package for Early Career Researchers

Imperial College Research Fellows receive a four-year fellowship which includes a competitive salary, research and travel expenses of up to £45,000, personal mentoring support from a senior Imperial academic, focused career support, training courses and development opportunities, and the chance to take full responsibility for setting and directing their own research agenda.  This support gives fellows the freedom to focus on their research and career trajectory, with no obligatory teaching or administration.

Research Fellow Profile

Dr Gbemi Oluleye has been an Imperial College Research Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy in the Faculty of Natural Sciences since 2019. She is a member of the Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering, leader of the Clean Industrial Systems Research group, and is the academic champion for policy and academic champion for industrial decarbonisation at Imperial’s Energy Futures Laboratory. Her fellowship explores heat decarbonisation in the chemical industry and outputs to date, have been disseminated to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and to policy makers in the Decarbonising Industry.  She has also undertaken a secondment in BEIS to support development of the UK hydrogen strategy and Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy.  Dr Oluleye says: “Since becoming an ICRF, this fellowship has led to greater visibility of my research and has elevated my profile as an independent researcher.  Furthermore, the training and support has been valuable towards developing my independent career and becoming a leader in my field”.


  What the Scheme Offers

  • We strive to ensure the diversity of talent at Imperial, and we reflect this ethos in the way we promote, recruit, and select people for the ICRF programme.
  • Fellows are provided with career development activities and cohort building opportunities.
  • Fellows are encouraged to apply for additional sources of funding to allow them to build further their research programme.
  • To allow fellows to focus on establishing their research, there are no obligatory teaching or administrative duties associated with these fellowships. However, if desired, such duties can be negotiated with the host department. Fellows are advised to speak with their sponsor to discuss the value of and potential for teaching opportunities.
  • Fellows may spend up to 12 months in total visiting other research institutions and/or in industry including overseas; the maximum time spent at any one institution being six months. Where this is requested, evidence must be provided to reflect the partner’s willingness to host the fellow.
  • At the end of the fellowship, fellows typically have the potential to be an independent leader in their area of research and have the skills and experience to apply for more advanced (intermediate level) funding schemes, such as the Royal Society University Research Fellowship, EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship and BBSRC David Phillips fellowship.


Imperial’s Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre will be hosting a series of fellowship briefings to help candidates prepare applications.  This year the PFDC is delivering specific sessions for women and people of colour. For more information including sign-up details, please see below:
The Imperial College Research Fellowship scheme is an outstanding opportunity to work with a prestigious organisation.  For further information, including how to apply, please VISIT THIS PAGE.