The 2022-23 Round is now closed. The deadline for applications for the 2022-23 round was 14 January 2023.
To support early career mathematicians in the transition between PhD and a postdoctoral position, the London Mathematical Society offers up to 8 Fellowships of between 3 and 6 months to mathematicians who have recently or will shortly receive their PhD. The award will be calculated at £1,475 per month plus a travel allowance. The fellowships may be held at one or more institutions but not normally at the institution where the fellow received their PhD. These fellowships are partially supported by Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research (HIMR) through the UKRI/EPSRC Additional Funding Programme for Mathematical Sciences
- How to Apply
- Queries and FAQs
- Report Forms
- Current Early Career Fellows
- Testimonials from previous Grant Holders
- At the time of the closing date applicants must be UK residents.
- The Fellowship should start after the applicant’s PhD thesis has been submitted and not more than nine months after the applicant’s PhD was awarded.
- Fellows are permitted to teach up to three hours per week. Otherwise they are expected to spend their working time on study and research.
- Fellowships will be awarded for a period of between 3 and 6 months.
- Applicants with circumstances that make moving impractical (for example childcare responsibilities) may opt to remain living at home while making shorter visits to other institutions across the duration of the Fellowship. Applicants should indicate, in brief, the nature of their circumstances within their covering letter.
- The value of the Fellowship will be calculated at £1,475 per month plus a travel allowance.
- The travel allowance of £800 is primarily awarded to cover the relocation travel costs of the applicant to the institution where the Fellowship will be held. Any remaining travel allowance may be used to support visa costs and travel costs for attending research meetings during the tenure of the Fellowship. Fellows are expected to keep receipts to accompany the financial report at the end of the Fellowship.
- Grants in this call will be awarded with the earliest start for visits being1 April 2023 and latest start date being 31 March 2024.
- Applicants should read the Conditions of Award (below) prior to submitting an application.
Candidates are asked to provide with their application:
- a completed application form;
- a cover letter (maximum one A4 page, minimum 12pt font);
- a CV, including a list of publications (maximum two A4 pages, minimum 12pt font);
- a research proposal including a rationale for the choice of each institution and academic host to be visited; (maximum three A4 pages, minimum 12pt font);
- at least two letters of reference are required:
- one of which would normally be from the applicant's PhD supervisor and should be emailed by the referees directly to the LMS (email@example.com) by the closing date;
- one of which should be from the named academic host(s) in the application, this letter should be attached in the composite document that is submitted with the application form. The letter of support from the academic host at each institution(s) where the proposed Fellowship will be held should include information about academic merit of the proposed research and also confirm that the host institution(s) will provide the Fellow with office space, access to computing and library facilities, and any bench fees will be waived. Please see a Sample letter .
Additional referees may be included, if desired. Any additional reference letters should be emailed by the referees directly to the LMS (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the closing date.
The deadline for applications for the next round is 11.59pm (GMT) on the annual deadline of 14 January. Applications will be considered at a meeting of the Early Career Fellowship Panel in early March each year.
- Conditions of Award
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Advice on how to write a good application, which was published in the LMS Newsletter issue 485, page 43 (November 2019) but please note that this advice is for Fellowships where the host institution would typically not be the home institution.
You may also find the following documents are helpful when completing your application:
Applications can be made by completing the Online Application Form (now closed)
|Fellow||Institution||Length of Fellowship|
|Graeme Auld||Chulalongkorn University||6 months|
|Esther Bou Dagher||Paris-Dauphine University; Paris-Nanterre University||6 months|
|Jennifer Duncan||University of Edinburgh||6 months|
|Fabio Ferri||University of Bristol||6 months|
|Francesco Paolo Gallinaro||University of East Anglia||6 months|
|Alex Levine||University of St Andrews||5 months|
|Jacob Leygonie||Inria, Laboratoire mathÃ©matiques d'Orsay (Paris)||6 months|
|Gustavo Rodrigues Ferreira||Imperial College London||6 months|
|Michael Rosbotham||Carleton University||3 months|
|Brian Tyrrell||University of Manchester||3 months|
The LMS Fellowship was invaluable for me in navigating my way through some tough times in academia related to the Coronavirus pandemic. I found the experience of directing my own research, and being funded to work on problems I had devised, incredibly rewarding. As of this fellowship, I also had a chance to visit the mathematics group at the University of Melbourne, provide an invited talk and interact with a number of experts in my area. These experiences have given me a great deal of confidence in my abilities as an independent researcher, and the feeling that I can "make it" as an academic.
Tejas Iyer, Postdoctoral Fellow, Weierstrass Institute
The period between the end of the PhD degree and the beginning of a first academic job is well known to be one of the most delicate and stressful in the career of a young mathematician. The London Mathematical Society postdoctoral mobility grant was fundamental to help me during this important moment of transition.
Thanks to this scheme I managed to complete some research work related to my PhD thesis and at the same time I started collaborations with expert researchers in my area in a new working environment. More remarkably, this grant was a key step to secure a postdoctoral position at the University of Kaiserslautern, within the group led by Professor Gunter Malle.
To conclude, I would like to say that I feel extremely grateful to the London Mathematical Society. I am an Italian researcher that was funded to work in Germany. The United Kingdom was not involved in my short term future plans and therefore I was very impressed and surprised when I was awarded this grant. I must say that this is just one of the many positive experiences I had during the three years of doctoral studies I spent in England.
Eugenio Gianelli, Researcher, Università degli Studi di Firenze
I was really excited to be awarded an LMS postdoctoral mobility grant. This grant enabled me to visit Professor Stéphan Thomassé at l'Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon for 3 months between the end of my PhD and start of my research fellowship.
During the visit, I was able to learn about and work on problems in areas of Combinatorics that were different to those I had focused on during my PhD. We began an ambitious research project that I continue to be a part of. As well as the mathematical benefits, the grant helped me network with other senior researchers in my field, and his has led to me being invited to various workshops and conferences.
I really enjoyed this opportunity and I am incredibly grateful to the LMS for enabling me to have this experience. I think it has had a hugely positive impact on my career and I would do it again if I could.
Natasha Morrison, Research Fellow in Mathematics, University of Cambridge