Thursday 7th March 2024, 10:00 – 16:00
Palmer Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading

Are you considering a Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant application in 2024? The partnership offers new opportunities for collaborative research across a broad range of disciplines. This event aims at attracting interest from high-potential ECRs who may wish to apply for an independent research fellowship to be held jointly at the University of Reading and Natural History Museum.

The partnership would like to invite applications to attend an Information Day from ECRs who may wish to apply for an independent research fellowship to be held jointly at the University of Reading and Natural History Museum*. In addition to support with fellowship applications and project design, we offer the potential to work at two dynamic, research-intensive organisations, together with a programme of support which will help to establish successful applicants’ careers and independence as academic researchers. 

Applicants are asked to complete a short application form to register their interest in attending and outline their proposed areas of research. Projects which could build meaningful collaborations between the organisations, and which have strong potential in, or engage with, the sustainability/environmental science area, are encouraged. 

Applicants to attend must be considering a fellowship which has the potential to undertake meaningful research in an area of study which is of relevance to both organisations. 

Some key areas of strength and research themes can be found here. 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Travel expenses from UK applicants can be covered.  

Please email your completed application form, together with a brief CV, to by Sunday 18th February 2024. We will issue invitations to the event to all successful applicants no later than Friday 23rd February. 

Please use the same email address for any queries regarding the application process, the Information Day or the partnership as a whole. 

If you are a researcher from either organisation interested in mentoring a Fellow and would like to attend the day please send us an email and we can keep you up to date with details.

Download the application form here.


  • 10.30: Introduction to the UoR-NHM partnership
  • 10.45: Introduction to UoR’s research themes 
  • 11.00: Introduction to NHM’s research themes 
  • 11.15: My Experience as a Fellowship Holder talks 
  • 12.00: Networking Lunch and chance to look around campus 
  • 13.30: Supporting you with your Fellowship 
  • 14.30: Q&A session (involving all presenters)   
  • 15.00: Closing remarks 
  • 15.10: Informal networking session with refreshments 
  • 16.00: End  

*Target fellowship schemes include, but are not limited to: UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, NERC Independent Fellowship, Daphne Jackson Fellowship, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship, EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, BBSRC Discovery Fellowship, AHRC Early Career Fellowship in Cultural and Heritage Institutions, Royal Society University Research Fellowship, Wellcome Trust Early-Career Awards, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, Royal Society Career Development Fellowship, Branco-Weiss Research Fellowship, Royal Commission Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship.