LMS Early Career Fellowships (2018-19 awards)


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



  • 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 2019-20 (the earliest start for visits is 1 May 2019).
  • 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 two letters of reference, one of which would normally be from the applicant's PhD supervisor,  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 to be received is 14 February 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)

Application Form (pdf) - Applications made using this form should, preferably, be submitted by email to lms.ecf@lms.ac.uk


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.