1851 Research Fellowships are intended to give early career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation; an ultimate objective is to contribute to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative national culture. Around eight awards are made each year.

Changes to the application process for engineering projects

From 2021 there will be a separate competition for researchers in the core subjects of Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Aeronautical Engineering submitting applications which address the primary infrastructure needs of modern society: the buildings we live and work in, transportation of many forms and the machinery and plant which supply our energy needs. Those interested in this award should see the Brunel Fellowship. Pure and applied scientists, as well as engineers of any discipline proposing research outside the constraints of the Brunel award, should apply for consideration for a Science and Engineering Research Fellowship.

Applications open in October

Do you have 3 years or less post-doctoral research experience and want to conduct innovative research of your own instigation?

Fellowships are held from 1 October in the year of award (or such date in 2022 as agreed with the fellow), for a period of typically 3 years, and offers cannot be deferred to a later year.

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    Cosmic Ray Neutron Detectors for Smart Agriculture/Civil Engineering Monitors

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    Addressing the Future of Plastics with CO2 Based Polymers

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    Geometric approach to optimisation in quantum thermodynamics

  • Dr Adam Smith

    Understanding strongly-correlated matter using quantum computers

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    Reshaping the quantum vacuum for photon sources

  • Dr Hannah Wauchope

    Understanding the past to predict the future

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    End-to-end optical training of neural networks