LMS Early Career Fellowships 2022-23 with support from the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research (HIMR) and UKRI

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. 


  • 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.


How to apply

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 (fellowships@lms.ac.uk) 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 (fellowships@lms.ac.uk) 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.

Before completing the application form, please read the following:
  • 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)


Please view the answers to Frequently Asked Questions  for advice. If you need further help, please contact fellowships@lms.ac.uk with any queries. 

Report Forms

LMS Early Career Research Fellows 2021-2022

Fellow Institution Length of Fellowship
Samuel Kittle University of Oxford 6 months
Valentin Kunz University of Bologna 6 months
Ellen Jolley University of Oxford 6 months
Patrick Kennedy-Hunt University of Sheffield 6 months
Mahfuzur Rahman University of East Anglia 6 months
Alice Dell'Arciprete University of York 6 months
Rachel Pengelly University of Warwick 6 months
Thomas Aird NOVA, University of Lisbon 4 months

 Testimonials from previous Grant Holders

Francesco Paolo Gallinaro , visited the University of East Anglia

Spending a large portion of my PhD during the pandemic meant that I did not have all the chances to meet people in my area that I would have liked to. For this reason, the LMS Early Career Fellowship was a great opportunity to spend time with one of the leading experts in my field. This was extremely useful as it helped me to acquire different perspectives both on the problems I had worked on during my PhD and on life in the academic world in general, all of which were very useful to lay the groundwork for the next steps I want to take.

Alex Levine, visited the University of St Andrews

I believe these transitioning schemes are very important. Many PhD students find themselves unsupported for a number of months after finishing their PhDs, which can cause them to leave academia, or to have to find other means to support themselves, leaving them less time for research and career development. Some finishing PhD students need time after submitting their theses to write up or finish the results they have proved, and these grants give them that opportunity.

Additionally, the fact that these grants encourage finishing PhD students to go to different institutions allows them to find new collaborators, often with differing interests to their supervisor.

Both of these factors are greatly beneficial to any mathematician transitioning to an academic career.

Brian Tyrrell, visited University of Manchester

I found the opportunities afforded to me by this scheme to be incredibly satisfying, both professionally and personally. Working on a new project at a new university immediately after submitting my PhD thesis was quite liberating and allowed me to look at a problem “with fresh eyes” after spending months curating and writing up my own research from previous years. Gaining potential future collaborators has also been invaluable to my career, as well as the professional development I underwent by attending a locally organised mathematics education seminar. I am very grateful to have had the chance to do interesting new mathematics, meet interesting new people, and attend events and conferences in the north of England I might otherwise have missed.

Michael Rosbotham, visited the Carleton University

Schemes such as this one, afford early career mathematicians with the means to maintain active research in the uncertain period before getting a postdoc. Moreover, they provide access to institutions and communities that otherwise might seem out of reach. The LMS Early Career Research Committee webinars and the LMS ECR fellowship were instrumental to me remaining a mathematician.