BBSRC Discovery Fellowships (UK)

Deadline: 11 June 2020

Note: The previously published deadline of 12th May 2020 has been extended due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and to allow applicants more time to submit their proposals.

The Discovery Fellowship (DF) provides support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The DF will support the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders. As such, the DF enables BBSRC to supply the UK with highly skilled, professional research leaders.

Awards are for three years and it is expected that up to 10 fellowships will be awarded, each of a value of up to £300,000 (80% fEC). Please note: BBSRC will provide funds of up to £300k (80% of the full economic cost). The total costs (100% full economic cost) requested may be up to £375,000.

Research areas

Proposals can be submitted in any area of science within our remit. We particularly encourage applications that are aligned with our overarching strategic priorities (see related links including our strategic priorities).

If you are unsure whether your project is within BBSRC remit, please contact the Office using the details provided below.


Aimed at early career researchers who want to conduct their own independent research within a host laboratory. Applicants will have demonstrated high potential to become future research leaders.


Applicants should have a PhD or be expecting to have undergone successful PhD viva prior to 30 November 2020. Full eligibility criteria are available here.

International applicants

Proposals are welcomed from applicants of all nationalities, subject to the fellowship being hosted by a UK university or BBSRC-sponsored institute.

Full details

For more information, downloads and to access the application system, please visit the Discovery Fellowships pages on the BBSRC website.