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The University has a fund which provides support for large bids. You can find further information on the Large Bid Fund and guidance how to apply here:

The team in the Research Strategy Ofiice can assist you, as we are aware the application process can be time consuming. The RSO can offer support with facilitation, coordination and input into large complex bids, particularly to promote cross-disciplinary grant applications.

Please get in touch if you are interested and we can help.

AstraZeneca-Funded Non-Clinical PhD studentships (2023 intake) Expression of Interest  (deadline: 22 August 2022)

AstraZeneca-Funded Non-Clinical PhD studentships (2023 intake) Expression of Interest  

Deadline: 22 August 2022

Remit: The aim of this programme is to fund 3.5 year Non-Clinical PhD studentships at the University of Cambridge (UoC) for talented graduates in research areas which align with the strategic interests of AstraZeneca (AZ). These areas of interest are in research priorities of the Biologics Engineering, Discovery Sciences, Oncology Machine Learning & AI, Data Sciences & AI, Global Chemistry Network, Biopharmaceutical development, Early cardiovascular, renal and metabolic therapy areas, Clinical Pharmacology and Safety Sciences, Respiratory and Immunology research areas at AstraZeneca. Further details on the areas of interest could be found in the Appendix 1 of Expression of Interest form (below). 

Eligibility: Principal Investigators employed by the University of Cambridge and AstraZeneca are eligible to apply in partnership or as individuals. Individual investigators applying without an AstraZeneca / Cambridge partner must be willing to collaborate with a co-investigator from the partner organisation. The programme management team can assist with the identification of a suitable partner, please see below for programme management contact details. Please get in touch with the UoC programme manager by 01st August 2022 if you require to identify a suitable partner. 

 All applications should be submitted as a partnership between identified Principle investigators employed by the UoC and AZ. The University of Cambridge Principal Investigator will be the lead investigator for this studentship should it be awarded. Support for the proposal will be required from the relevant University of Cambridge Head of Department prior to submission.   

Funding: Each funded studentship covers 

  • Student stipend for 3.5 year 
  • Combined fees for Home student only for 3.5 year 
  • Project consumable budget up to £33,000 for 3.5 year 
  • Travel and subsistence for the student up to £5000 for 3.5 year 

Please note, the AstraZeneca funded non clinical studentship program covers academic fees for UK/home students only. Any additional funding required for the recruitment of overseas students will not be covered and will have to be met by the University department or other sources. 

Review: Proposals will be reviewed by the Steering Committee which includes representation from AstraZeneca and the University of Cambridge. The Committee will be responsible annual allocation of studentships based on proposal fit to strategic remit, the enhanced collaborative potential of the proposal, and available budgets.  


The deadline for receipt of full proposals is Monday 22nd August 2022.  As timelines are quite tight, PIs are strongly encouraged to seek a collaborative partner as soon as possible (and prior to 01st Aug 2022) so that full submissions can be made to the selection committee by the specified deadline. 

Contact details 

All proposals should be submitted by email to the programme managers: 

University of Cambridge: Meghana Patel (  

AstraZeneca: Michael Tonge (


Restricted Call: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022-23 (indicative internal deadline: 5 September 2022)

Restricted Call: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022-23 (internal deadline: 05 September 2022)


  • Applicants must be either a UK/EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. If an applicant does not meet the prior categories, they may be accepted if they can demonstrate ‘strong prior association’ with the UK academic community.
  • Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (i.e. with a viva between 1 April 2020 and 1 April 2023). Exemptions from this criterion may be granted for extenuating circumstances.
  • Those with a permanent academic post are ineligible to apply.
  • Applicants may apply only once in the three years they are eligible. Previously unsuccessful applicants will be able to submit another application only if specifically invited to do so by the British Academy.


Funding available

Awards are typically for three years and cover 80% of salary costs, directly allocated, and indirect costs under full Economic Costing. Research expenses are covered at 100% at up to a maximum of £6,000 over the three years (equivalent to £2,000pa).


University Internal selection:

The University operates an internal process for all applicants wishing to undertake this Fellowship. To improve quality of applications, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy.

Departments are not capped on the number of submissions to the internal selection process. However, to ensure quality control, we invite departments to rank all their candidates and submit only the highest ranking proposals to the internal selection process. Once ranked, departments should send their nominations to by 05 September 2022. In your communication, please indicate the total number of applications the department has received.

All internal nominations should include:

  1. Information about departmental ranking, including the total number of proposals submitted to the department.
  2. The attached internal selection form.

NB: Following a couple queries from departments, the form has been updated to clarify eligibility questions. However, please note that both the pre-announcement and the attached versions of the form will be accepted for the internal selection process.

  1. Applicant’s brief CV (2 pages maximum) and list of publications.

NB: DORA principles should be considered when presenting research outputs.

  1. A support letter from the Head of the Department / Centre / Institute that will hold the grant. The statement should:
    1. confirm their support for the application;
    2. comment briefly on the match between the proposed research and the interests of the department;
    3. and agree to host the grant.

Funder deadline: 12 October 2022, 5pm.

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Restricted call: UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships – Round 7 (internal deadline: 14 September 2022)

Restricted call: UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships – Round 7 (internal deadline: 14th September 2022)

The UKRI have released their guidance for Round 7 of the Future Leaders Fellowships Scheme. 

This scheme aims to support early career researchers and innovators who are transitioning to or establishing research independence. 

More information on the scheme can be found in the General Scheme Overview and the Scheme Guidance for Round 7.  

Feedback from UKRI:

The UKRI has provided some feedback/guidance from previous rounds which might be useful:

  • Person specification
    • The scheme is aimed at candidates who are not already established and independent, though those who currently hold permanent/open-ended contracts can apply with specific justification (please see section 2.1 of the Scheme Guidance for more information). Previous feedback from UKRI panels suggest that the University is putting forward candidates that are not competitive, as they have levels of funding or responsibility normally indicative of research independence within their discipline/area. 
    • The UKRI have deliberately not restricted the definition of ‘early career’ to ensure that the scheme is open to candidates from non-traditional backgrounds and is accessible from a diversity of career paths and experiences within R&I. For example, if a candidate comes into a lecturer post from an established background in industry, but is new to academia, they could be considered early career. It is up to the applicant to explain how they fit into the ‘early career’ stage. Relatedly, the funder stresses that this is a flexible scheme that allows part-time working and job share. 
    • The profile of successful applicants to this scheme has evolved through each round, so for more information regarding competitive candidates, please refer to section 2.1 and Annex B of the Scheme Guidance. For the full list of awardees, see the database here.
  • EDI & disciplinary split
    • There is less diversity than expected in applications, which is reflected in the awards. UKRI has reported that overall, diversity rates improved for both awards and applications in round 6 relative to the previous 5 rounds. UKRI strongly encourages universities to review their internal selection criteria and processes to ensure that all potential applicants have a fair chance of being put forward through a transparent selection process based on ability and potential.
    • There are significantly more applications from STEM subjects compared to AHSS subjects, but there is not a difference in award rates. The UKRI encourages more applicants from AHSS subjects. 

Guidance on the open-ended position requirement:

Round 7 guidelines reiterate that in line with organisational employment policies and practices, academic host organisations should provide a commitment to an open-ended position for the individual at the end of the fellowship (please refer to section 1.7 of the Scheme Guidance). As School needs and circumstances vary, we will defer to each School to discuss this commitment internally, and make a decision on how they wish to interpret it.

University internal process:

Fellowships are structured as 4+3 years, and require the host organisation to provide tapering salary support for the Fellow from year 3 (see section 5.1 of the Scheme Guidance). The host organisation must also provide a route to an open-ended UK based independent research position. Please contact your School’s HR Business Manager for further guidance on this. 

Internal restriction:

UKRI have placed a cap on the number of applications per university to ensure funding decisions can be delivered in a reasonable timescale without overloading the research and innovation community with peer review. The UKRI have restricted the total number of applications to ten (10) for the University of Cambridge. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy. 

To take part in the internal process, all Departments are asked to discuss and agree potential applicants with their Schools. The Schools should then submit the following to by 14th September 2022:

  •  a ranked list of applicants that they wish to put forward for Round 7
  • a short statement summarising the School’s internal selection process. The statement should outline the process used, how decisions were made, and how diversity of candidates was addressed. 

If there are more applications put forward by the Schools for Round 7 than the UKRI limit of 10, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research will review the numbers and rankings, and we will contact the Schools to confirm the number of applications each School may submit. Departments will then submit the internally agreed Outline Proposals to the UKRI by 18th October 2022.

Please note that Outline Proposals from applicants that haven’t been approved by the host Department and School will not be accepted or included in the University of Cambridge submission for Round 7.

PVC Support Letter:

Outline Proposals are followed by a full application which requires a letter of support signed by both the PVC Research and relevant Head of Department from the University. Therefore, this will be coordinated according to the University’s Procedure for VC and PVC Research Support Letters. 

Further information regarding support letters will be circulated to the successful internal applicants and their Departments.

Overview of internal process: 

NB For ease of reference, internal deadlines are marked in red. 

  • 14th September 2022: Internal deadline for Schools to pass on ranked list of agreed applicants & summary of internal selection process to (following Department/School discussions)
  • 18th October 2022Funder deadline for submission of outline applications via Je-S
  • 8th November 2022: Internal deadline for draft support letters and request forms to be sent to
  • 29th November 2022ROO deadline for full applications (5 working days prior to the funder deadline)
  • 6th December 2022: Funder deadline for submission of full applications

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Restricted Call: Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships (internal deadline: 17 October 2022)

Restricted Call: Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships (internal deadline: 17th October, 2022)

The Leverhulme Trust has announced the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships. 10 awards of £1.95M each will be made to UK universities to fund up to 18 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships.

Each award funds the following:

  • 15 UK doctoral studentships. Each scholarship is for a fixed sum of £90,000 per student for up to 48 months of full-time doctoral study. This covers maintenance (at UKRI levels) and tuition fees
  • Up to 3 scholarships in each award can be made to international students. Each scholarship provides up to £172,000 per student for up to 48 months of full-time doctoral study. 
  • Up to three additional studentships for a master’s plus doctoral programme to support students from underrepresented groups (see the call page for more details)

Applications to the scheme will be accepted from a maximum of 2 universities.

The awards are offered in a subject area or thematic area that applicant universities have identified as a research priority. The chosen area should be sufficiently broad to sustain up to 18 doctoral students over the period of the grant, but it should also have a clear and coherent overarching thematic identity. A list of previously funded Leverhulme Doctoral Studentships from 2014, 2017 and 2020 can be found here.

When selecting the topic for the application, please also refer to this guidance from the Trust: The proposals that are seen are less suited for the Leverhulme Trust are those that support the “continuing activity” and proposals from established groups working on subjects, areas and themes where the Research Councils have a significant interest. The Trust is keen to avoid assuming the role of ‘funder of last resort’; that is, of routinely providing support for proposals which have been fully matched to the requirement of another funding agency, but have failed to win support on the grounds of either lack of quality or insufficient available funds (‘unfunded alphas’). The webpage Our approach to grant-making outlines Leverhulme Trust particular areas of interest and key general criteria they use in assessing proposals. Please also refer to the research areas the Trust will not fund on their website.


University Internal selection process:

The University of Cambridge may only submit one (1) application as a lead institution. Therefore, an internal selection process will be set up according to the University’s Restricted Calls policy. The internal selection process will include application review followed by the interviews with selected applicants. It is expected that the outcome of the internal selection will be announced in November 2022.

The researchers interested in leading on an application should submit the attached internal selection form accompanied by a support statement from the Head of Institution where the Doctoral Training Scholarships will be hosted to by 17th October 2022.

Indicative Timeline

  • Internal Deadline: 17th October 2022
  • Panel review: October 2022
  • Interviews: November 2022
  • Internal Outcome announced: November 2022
  • Scheme Opens: January 2023
  • Funder deadline: 2nd June 2023
  • Decision: November 2023 

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