David Phillips Fellowships, UK

Publish Date: Aug 03, 2015

Deadline: Oct 21, 2015


David Phillips Fellowships (DPF) provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group.

DPF invest in scientists who:

  • have shown high potential
  • can demonstrate that they are on an upward trajectory with clear evidence of strong scientific outputs and leadership qualities
  • have the aim of establishing their own fully independent programme of research

DPF represents part of our commitment to the supply of highly skilled professional research leaders to the UK.

For further information about our fellowships and who we invest in, see www.bbsrc.ac.uk/skills/leadership/

Call status: Open
Application deadline: 21 October 2015, 4pm

Nature of award

Awards are for five years and include personal salary and a significant research support grant to enable fellows to establish their own independent research group.

It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded, each at a value ofup to £1M (80% fEC). In addition to this investment, it is also expected that asubstantial demonstration of support for the fellow be made by the host research organisation (e.g. in terms of access to facilities and equipment, training, research costs etc.).

We welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements (e.g. part-time); see the fellowships handbook for further information (see downloads).

Research areas

Proposals can be submitted in any area of science within our remit. We particularly encourage applications that are aligned with our overarchingstrategic priorities (see related links).


Aimed at researchers who want to establish their first independent research group undertaking a programme of excellent research. Applicants will be able to demonstrate great potential and have a scientific career showing a clear upward trajectory.


  • Applicants should hold a PhD, but not hold, or have held, an open-ended academic position of Lecturer level or equivalent
  • It is expected that applicants will have at least three years of active postdoctoral research experience prior to June 2015
  • Please note that DPF eligibility was previously limited to those with less than 10 years of active research experience; this limit has been removed in response to our 2014 review of BBSRC strategy for investing in fellowships (see related links)

Note: DPF applicants are not eligible to apply to any additional 2015 BBSRC fellowship competitions.

Value for money

Applicants and host organisations should note that value for money is an essential criterion against which fellowship applications will be assessed, alongside excellence and other key criteria. For this competition this criterion will be given significant weighting during the assessment process and reviewers and Committee E will also be looking for written evidence that the host organisation will contribute significant support, either financially or in-kind if an award is made. Proposals that do not have additional funding commitments or clear evidence that the research programme is highly competitive in terms of value for money are unlikely to be successful.

Applicants must ensure that the Partnership Details section of the Je-S proforma contains details of all institutional support that will be made available if the applicant is successful in obtaining a BBSRC award. In addition, the justification of resources attachment must clearly show why the resources requested are good value for money and why it is in BBSRC's interests to provide investment. Also, letters of support from all parties contributing financial or other support should be uploaded to the proposal under the Letters of Support attachment giving full and accurate details of the commitments being made.

As stated above, we will ask reviewers and Committee E to take account of the investment that host organisations are committed to making if an award is successful. This may be through co-funding particular aspects of the proposal or a commitment to enhance the fellowship with additional funding or improved access to research facilities. We also encourage proposals that are able to use BBSRC's investment to leverage additional funding from other sources.

How to apply

Submit a proposal electronically via the Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system from 29 June 2015 with the following mandatory attachments (see also Je-S DPF help text in application downloads below):

  • CV (see applications downloads below)
    You should complete the standard CV template. We do not accept stand alone CVs.
  • Case for support and track record
  • Diagrammatic workplan
  • Data management plan
  • List of publications
  • Head of department statement
  • Justification of resources
  • Pathways to impact plan

Fellowships are awarded under full economic costing (fEC).

You should submit costed research support grant proposals in line with the grants guide.

Detailed guidance on how to complete proposal forms and proposal attachments can be found in the Je-S DPF help text (see below) and in the Fellowships Handbook (see downloads above). Note: Please do not use the fellowship help text in the Je-S system.

We do not accept late proposals.

Important: applicants should ensure proposals are submitted to their host institution's Je-S submitter/approval pool well in advance (a minimum of 5 working days) of the published deadline. This enables institution checks to be carried out before final submission to BBSRC.

2015 application timeline

Application deadline 21 October 2015, 4pm
Fellowship proposal sift December 2015 (TBC)
Reviewing stage January – March 2016
Fellowship shortlisting for interviews March 2016
Fellowship interviews April – May 2016
Fellowship award notification May 2016

This opportunity has expired. It was originally published here:


Similar Opportunities

Study Levels


Opportunity Types


Eligible Countries


Host Countries

United Kingdom