Benefits of the Vice-Chancellor's Fellowships


Explore the wide range of resources and support available to research staff at the Univeristy of Bristol

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These prestigious awards aim to nurture the potential of early-career researchers. 

As a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, you will have access to the wealth of research expertise at the University of Bristol and become part of our world-leading research community. We have cutting-edge facilities and flagship research institutes that address the grand challenges facing our world today.

Benefits include:

  • For research focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) disciplines a competitive salary starting from £43,267 depending on experience, and a four-year fixed-term contract.
  • For research focused on Humanities, Arts and Social Science (HASS) disciplines a competitive salary starting from £37,345 and a two-year fixed-term contract.
  • Access to start-up funds, £5,000 per year in HASS disciplines and £10,000 per year in STEMM disciplines.
  • The opportunity to pursue your own programme of individual (or collaborative) research.
  • Mentoring and one-to-one monthly supervision from your Fellowship Sponsor. 

How to apply

Further benefits include a tailored programme of development comprising of:

  • Induction events hosted by the Vice Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Nishan Canagarajah.
  • 1:1 personal development planning and career coaching.
  • 1:1 support for researchers applying for external fellowship funding where appropriate Please contact the relevant Research Development Manager or Associate for your Faculty
  • 1:1 Impact Development Support to plan impact, build partnerships and win funding. Where appropriate, they will connect you to other specialists in commercialisation, policy engagement and public engagement. In the first instance please contact Senior Knowledge Exchange Development Manager Dr Andrew Wray.
  • Opportunities to develop skills in teaching, leadership, impact development and engagement by engaging in schemes such as CREATE, GW4 Crucible, Stepping into Leadership and Teaching@Bristol for Research Staff.

Research Funding Session. An opportunity for you to meet Research Development Advisers who will introduce you to the UK Funding landscape and your key contacts in RED. This will be your first step to securing future funding.

How to Prepare a Good Research Bid. What makes a good research bid? In addition to the perspective of the academic, you will be invited to consider this from the perspective of the funder and peer reviewers. We will explore important elements of bid preparation and the most common reasons for failure. Advice and tips on good practice will be provided throughout the day and you will be encouraged to share experiences and take part in group exercises.

Fellows Residential. This two day residential is designed to equip you with the skills and resources you need to achieve success as a Vice-Chancellors' Fellow. We will provide you with the space to develop as a cohort, and think about planning, resilience and communication, providing you with a toolkit that will support you throughout your academic career.

Dinner with the VC. An opportunity for you to meet with the Vice Chancellor at an informal dinner and update him and each other on your research progress to date.

Regular Productive Academic Writing. This session will help you to develop and maintain a regular writing habit, even during busy periods. Find out what kinds of writing strategies work for you. Beat procrastination and 'writing aversion' and identify the causes of writing blocks and how to tackle them.

Writing Retreat. This retreat provides you with an opportunity to devote a whole day to writing in a quiet, structured and supportive atmosphere. We provide lunch and refreshments so all you need to think about is what you are going to write.

Public Engagement and Impact seminar. An opportunity for you to meet with the heads of engagement and impact and discuss what these terms mean, consider high level definitions and how you might go about embedding them into an academic career.

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