Call for Applications: David Phillips Fellowships at BBSRC, United Kingdom


Deadline: 11 June 2020


The David Phillips Fellowship (DPF) provides support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. The DPF will invest in scientists who can demonstrate that they are on an upward trajectory and are eager to lead their own fully independent programme of research. David Phillips Fellows strive for continuous personal and professional development and have a strategy for how they will develop themselves and their team over the lifetime of the award. As such, the DPF enables BBSRC to supply the UK with highly skilled, professional research leaders.


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 of up to £1 million (80% fEC). Please note: BBSRC will provide funds of up to £1 million (80% of the full economic cost). The total costs (100% full economic cost) requested may be up to £1.25 million. In addition to this investment, it is also expected that a substantial demonstration of support for the fellow be made by the host Research Organisation (see below – value for money).

Proposals from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements (for example part-time) are encouraged; see the Fellowships handbook for further information (downloads section).


  • To be considered eligible applicants should have a PhD or be expecting to have undergone successful PhD viva prior to 30 November 2020. There is no limit on the number of years of postdoc experience.
  • However, applicants should not hold, or have held, an academic position of lecturer level (or the equivalent in institutions other than universities) or an equivalent competitive fellowship that provides the opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status.
  • Nor should they have had an offer of such an appointment prior to the commencement of a fellowship, if awarded. This applies to both fixed term and permanent positions.

BBSRC would consider fellowships where the applicant is eligible to supervise PhD students or submit research grants as a PI as equivalent to a lectureship. For example, Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellowships, MRC Career Development Awards or NERC Independent Research Fellowships. Note: holders of postdoctoral training fellowships such as the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions can apply. Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkins Fellows who meet the research experience eligibility requirement outlined above may also apply.


  1. Log in to Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system
  2. Select Council: BBSRC
  3. Select Document Type: Fellowship Proposal
  4. Select Scheme: Fellowship
  5. Select Call/Type/Mode: David Phillips Fellowships - 12 May 2020
  6. Click Create Document

Proposals will require the following mandatory attachments (see also DPF Je-S help text in application downloads below):

  • CV. You should complete the standard CV template (see application downloads below). This now includes a section to list applicant publications. We do not accept standalone CVs or publication lists.
  • Case for support and track record
  • Diagrammatic workplan
  • Data management plan
  • Career Development Plan (this must be attached to your proposal to allow submission)
  • Head of department statement: BBSRC has now introduced the use of a template for the Head of Department statement, see application downloads below. BBSRC will not accept a standalone statement.
  • Justification of resources
  • Please note that a Pathways to Impact Plan is not required as a separate attachment for this call. This is in line with the UKRI announcement regarding the removal of the requirement for applicants to submit a Pathways to Impact plan for all its schemes, effective from 1 March 2020. Completion of the Impact Summary section of the Je-S application form is also not required. Applicants should describe the impact of their planned work within the case for support attachment. Further guidance regarding changes to the Je-S application form will follow in due course.

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