Please note the the application process must be completed through the University of Exeter recruitment page


Everyone considering applying for an SDF should satisfy themselves of their eligibility for a Skills Development Fellowship and that Exeter offers the right environment for their fellowship before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).  All EOIs should be received by 11th November 2019. The timeline for the full process is detailed below.

Stage 1:

Please submit a full CV and complete the Expression of Interest form, and follow the steps outlined on the University of Exeter recruitment page. Deadline Monday 11th November 2019.

Within your EOI, you will be asked to recommend sponsors to support your SDF, and to explain in brief your project summary and skills development plan.  Your plans do not have to be finalised at this point, but should clearly demonstrate how you wish to use the SDF funding to prepare yourself for research independence.

Stage 2:

This is a prestigious MRC fellowship scheme, therefore, a 5-page research proposal and a 1-page skills development plan will be requested from candidates longlisted for the next stage. Deadline: 2pm Thursday 19th December 2019. For Stage 2 applications, applicants will then be required to upload the following supporting documents as a single pdf:

  • A cover letter
  • A full CV
  • A 5-page research proposal and skills development plan that describes your research programme, your training needs, career intentions and who your project sponsors will be, and why. Your Skills Development Training Plan should explain how your training programme will help you undertake research at the cutting edge between your proposed biological or biomedical discipline and the quantitative sciences.

More information about writing the full research proposal and skills development plan can be found on our Fellowship Guidance page.

Your full application will be reviewed by the Host Leadership Team, who will also obtain confirmation from your project sponsors that they are happy to support the project. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit Exeter to meet colleagues and undertake a formal interview.

Stage 3:

Shortlisted candidates invited to interview.

The interview will consist of a 5 minute 3-slide presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions from the panel.