EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships 2017-18


Are you a recently-graduated or soon-to- graduate PhD student? Have you received EPSRC funding for all or part of your PhD support? Are you keen to take the next step towards an independent research career at a leading research institution?

The EPSRC Doctoral Prize is a prestigious scheme for the very best EPSRC-funded PhD graduates, offering an exciting and supportive environment to launch a research career.

Application Guidelines

University of Bristol Doctoral Prize Research Fellows will propose and work on their own programme for innovative, ground-breaking research at the frontiers of science and engineering.

Your Project Proposal forms a significant part of your application. The expectation is that you will outline how you would take your research to the next level. This could be through delivering a high-impact fundamental research breakthrough, or transferring your PhD research into a new area to exploit new interdisciplinary research opportunities.

You must outline your vision of how your programme of work could result in publications or a research funding application.

Applications are invited across the full range of research areas in engineering and science within the remit of the EPSRC; see the EPSRC website for more details.

How to Apply

Candidates must apply online. Please complete and attach the following documents:

  • University of Bristol EPSRC Doctoral Prize form (Includes a Project Proposal)
  • Your up-to-date CV (the CV should be appended to your application form to constitute one document)
  • A completed and signed “Letter of Support from Head of School” form. Please coordinate this with your Project Sponsor

For general enquiries about the Bristol Doctoral Prize scheme, please contact the Bristol Doctoral College: doctoral-prize@bristol.ac.uk

Additional Information

  • The Fellowship will run for a maximum period of 2 years, to be determined by the applicant.
  • The Project Sponsor, a Bristol academic member of staff who is supporting your Project Proposal and (where appropriate) hosting the project in their facilities, will also be available to offer advice and support on both research and career development throughout the duration of the award. In the rare instance that Project Sponsor is unavailable to fulfill the extent of this role, or if another member of staff is more suitable for this latter support, then the University will identify and assign another member of staff to act as an academic mentor.
  • You will benefit from the Personal and Professional Development opportunities for research staff at the University of Bristol.
  • You will be recruited as Bristol academic staff employees on Pathway 2 – Research at a salary of £31,656 p.a. and receive a grant of £10,000 for project costs (including attending conferences budget).

Please note that the University of Bristol invites applications from outstanding PhD researchers for the University of Bristol EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships, which are available to both internal and external candidates.

Applicants must have submitted their PhD thesis by the application deadline, and must have been a recipient of an EPSRC-funded PhD studentship support (a stipend and/or fee award) during their PhD.

To apply for this position, please apply through the University Jobs search.

Opportunities and benefits

Additional benefits of this opportunity include:

  • Work with world-class research groups at the University of Bristol
  • Accelerate a successful career in independent research
  • Develop research leadership potential
  • Create a platform for a permanent academic post or a further prestigious externally-funded fellowship

Case study: Christos Ellinas

Christos is a current Doctoral Prize Fellow within the Faculty of Engineering. After completing his EngD at the University of Bristol with a focus on Civil Engineering, he stayed on through the EPSRC Doctoral Prize in 2016.

When the opportunity arose to continue my career at the University of Bristol through the EPSRC Doctoral Prize fellowship, I acted swiftly and decisively. Following my successful application, I now have the opportunity to research something which I am deeply passionate about – understanding the cause of project failure. Following the conclusion of the fellowship, my objective is to utilise its outcomes (i.e. academic output; academic/industry links), to lead a large grant in order to develop a research group dedicated to this line of work.

Overall, the intellectual independence provided by the fellowship, and partly enabled by its associated budget, has proven to be an indispensable asset to my quest – two qualities which every early career researcher swears to. As such, I highly recommend applying for one – what can it be better than 2 years researching in a renowned university at a renowned city.