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Department of Psychology



Ask questions about Fellowships


Are you interested in a specific fellowship or would like to know more about the fellowships available? Contact our team.

Welcome to all potential Fellows in the Department of Psychology

We offer full support for fellowship applications. If you wish to apply for a specific fellowship, or if you are searching for the right one, we can support you through this process. 


Why choose the Department of Psychology?

➤ We carry out world-class research, which is characterised by its multidisciplinary and collaborative approach.

➤ In the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Cambridge was placed first in the world for Psychology.

➤ In the REF, 2014, Cambridge was ranked third in the UK for Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

We are an engaging department with events where you can interact with other members.​

We have an approachable and experienced administrative team to support you throughout your career in this Department. 


The Department's research has had a major impact on the science of Psychology and has been translated into many practical applications. Visit our research pages and find more about themes and research groups, centres and labs for each theme.

We encourage staff engagement within the department where you can interact with other members, and an expert administrative team to support you throughout your career in the Department. 


We are keen to support early-career researchers wishing to apply for fellowships that will help establish them as independent researchers. 

If you are interested in applying for any fellowship to be held in the Department of Psychology, regardless of the type of fellowship, please contact us to discuss further departmental and central administration requirements as soon as possible. We will need a minimum of 4 weeks before the fellowship deadline to support your application.


Types of fellowship

Early Career Fellowships 

These fellowships are usually a first or second post-doctoral position, where the fellow is tied to an existing research group, directly supervised by one of our academic staff, and funds provide only the fellow's salary and research costs. This category includes EC Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellows, Wellcome Early Career Awards, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, British Academy fellowship and similar. We can also help with identifying an appropriate scheme. 

A light touch is adopted in the selection process. However, applicants must contact potential supervisors to discuss their proposal, and a member of the academic staff must agree to act as a supervisor before the application can be approved for submission to a sponsor. 

Senior Fellowships 

These fellowships usually require at least three years of post-doctoral experience, where the sponsor provides funds for the fellow's salary and a research grant that allows the appointment of a post-doc or a research assistant to form a research group. This category includes Wellcome Career Development Awards, ERC grants, MRC Career Development grants, and equivalents. 

Because of the space requirements and usually further departmental support that is required for this type of fellowship, departmental approval to go ahead with the application is needed. This is provided by the departmental Research Committee. Please contact the departmental grants office at for further information