LMS Early Career Fellowships

THE 2018-19 ROUND IS NOW CLOSED TO APPLICATIONS. THE 2019-20 ROUND WILL OPEN LATER IN 2019.

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 £1,200 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.  

Early Career Fellowship Poster - the poster for the 2019-20 round will be available later in 2019.

Guidelines

  • 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 £1,200 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 for the academic year 2020-21 (the earliest start for visits is 1 May 2020).
  • 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;
  • a CV, including a list of publications (maximal two A4 pages);
  • a research proposal including a rationale for the choice of each institution and academic host to be visited; (maximum three A4 pages);
  • at least three letters of reference, one of which would normally be from the applicant's PhD supervisor, one of which would normally  be from the named academic host(s) in the application, should be emailed by referees directly to the LMS (lms.ecf@lms.ac.uk) by the closing date;
  • and a letter of support from an academic host at each institution where the proposed Fellowship will be held; it is expected that host institutions will provide the Fellow with office space, access to computing and library facilities, and any bench fees should be waived.

The deadline for applications for the 2018-19 round has now passed. The 2019-20 round will open later in 2019.

Conditions of Award - Please read the Conditions of Award before completing the application form.

You may apply using either the online Application Form or the paper Application Form (available to download as a pdf)

Application Form (online) - the online application form for the 2019-20 round will be available later in 2019.

Application Form (pdf) -  - the paper application form for the 2019-20 round will be available later in 2019.

Queries

Please contact Elizabeth Fisher; lms.ecf@lms.ac.uk or 020 7291 9973 with any queries.


150th Anniversary Postdoctoral Mobility Grant Holders

The Early Career Fellowships follow on from the 150th Anniversary Postdoctoral Mobility Grants, which ran from 2014-2017. A list of previous grantholders can be found here.

 Testimonials from previous Grant Holders

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 delighted to be awarded an LMS 150th Anniversary Postdoctoral Mobility Grant back in 2015. It allowed me to visit the University of Cambridge for six months, predominantly to collaborate with Dr David Stewart. This was incredibly valuable to my career and bridged the gap between completing my PhD and starting my first three-year postdoctoral fellowship. The award of this Mobility Grant provided evidence that I could successfully write funding applications and work with mathematicians other than my PhD supervisor. Both of which were extremely useful additions to my CV and interview answers. 

The visit was a great success from a mathematical point of view and I learnt a lot in a new research direction. Stewart and I were able to prove many nice results and published a paper in the Proceedings of the LMS. I was also able to grow my network of collaborators and peers which led to both seminar and conference invitations. 

I am very grateful to the LMS for my Mobility Grant that helped me in a vital stage of my career and strongly encourage anyone thinking of applying to do so. 

Adam Thomas, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham


I was awarded one of the LMS 150th Anniversary Postdoctoral Mobility grants which enabled me to spend a few months at the University of Barcelona. The grant gave me the opportunity to start a new collaboration with world experts in my research area and learn an incredible amount of things while working with them.

At a time when postdoctoral positions are very hard to obtain, the grant supports the stay of the grant holders at the institution of their choice, which is an excellent way to start their career.  It is also of invaluable help for students who have just submitted their thesis, providing a solution for the time interval between submission and VIVA.

I am very grateful to the LMS for supporting me in the best possible way at the beginning of my postdoctoral career.

Vasiliki Evdoridou, Research Associate, Open University


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