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Final Year PhD students in STEM opportunity:

Invitation to self-nominate for the Schmidt Science Fellows program

We have entered a new era of science, technology, and innovation. Scientific progress and cutting-edge technologies are rapidly accelerating our understanding of the natural and built worlds. Research is increasingly global and can affect a wide range of pressing societal challenges. In this new era, the best scientists should draw insights from across numerous different disciplines, be able to apply new techniques, and possess a broad world-view informed by the intersections between science and society.

The Schmidt Science Fellows program provides the world’s best emerging scientists with new skills and perspectives to develop novel solutions to society’s challenges, become scientific thought leaders, and unlock new scientific breakthroughs faster.

The Fellows engage and coproduce with diverse thinkers in science, politics, society, and business to catalyse new ideas and connections. They create a community of lifelong fellowship and collaboration, between the Fellows and the leading thinkers with whom they connect.


The Fellowship

The Schmidt Science Fellows program is looking for the brightest minds in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering and computing who are interested in broadening their horizons at one of the world’s leading academic institutions.

Schmidt Science Fellows will undertake a year-long postdoctoral placement at a world-leading research institution. Fellows’ placements will represent a significant disciplinary pivot from their PhD topic and are central to the program’s aim to foster greater interdisciplinarity.

Throughout the placement year with internationally-leading research leaders and laboratories, Fellows will have access to personal and scientific mentoring to enable them to maximize the benefits of their fellowship and to support their career development. A substantial stipend will enable the work, a large proportion of which will go towards salary costs commensurate with the salary scale of the research institution hosting the Fellow.

Fellows will be equipped with the tools and opportunities to drive world-changing advances and form a diverse cohort in terms of their fields of interest, gender, and national origin.



Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have conducted their graduate degree in the natural sciences (life, physical, and earth sciences), engineering, mathematics, or computing.
  • Have completed or expect to complete all of the requirements for the conferral of their PhD in one of these fields between 1 May 2018 and 30 June 2019.
  • Be available for the entire period of the 2019-2020 program, from July 2019 to July 2020.


Assessment criteria

For more information on the programme including a Person Description please click here.


How to self-nominate

Please send the following documents to the attention of Dr Anke Friedrich, OPdA Fellowships and Programmes Administrator, via no later than 9am on Thursday, 26 July 2018.

  • Letter of interest stating motivation and suitability, referring to the aims of the programme and person specification (500 words max);
  • Current CV (2 sides of A4 max, plus publications and presentations) clearly stating the full legal name, email address and scientific field of PhD
  • A reference letter from PI detailing applicant’s suitability.

The OPdA will shortlist candidates and send their names to the Schmidt Science Fellows program team. All self-nominees will receive an email confirming about this outcome by 31st August 2018.

The Schmidt Science Fellowship program team will contact the shortlisted candidates to make an application between 1st September 2018 and 30th November 2018.

Any questions can be directed to



There are currently two postdoctoral fellowship programmes being managed by the OPdA as part of the University’s on-going endeavour to support and develop its large and expanding postdoctoral community.

At present, both programmes are closed for applications.

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The Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship Programme

Canada UK Postdoctoral Fellowships for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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