Applications for the Royal Society Career Development Fellowship 2024 are open now. The Career Development Fellowship (also known as the CDF) is a four-year postdoctoral research fellowship program designed to help academics from underrepresented backgrounds stay in STEM fields.

Royal Society Career Development Fellowship 2024
Royal Society Career Development Fellowship 2024

Application Deadline: January 24, 2024

Researchers with black ancestry will be involved in the scheme’s initial experimental run. If the pilot proves to be effective, researchers from other marginalized groups might be included.

Royal Society Career Development Fellowship 2024 (Up to 690,000 pounds)

The program was created in response to cross-sector roundtables and research that the Royal Society commissioned. These reports examined patterns in 11 years of data from the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) and compared the candidate pool that was eligible for the society’s early career fellowships (PDF).

In particular, researchers moving from postgraduate to early postdoctoral stages needed help, and this process revealed the need for interventions across the academic pipeline to support researchers from Black or mixed Black African, Black Caribbean, or other Black heritage backgrounds.

In addition to offering financial support for conducting top-notch research, fellowships will offer a full range of networking, training, and mentoring opportunities to help award holders launch prosperous research careers in the UK.

Benefits of Royal Society Career Development Fellowship 2024

  • The research fellow’s pay, related on-expenditures (at 80%), directly allocated costs (at 80%), and research expenses may total up to 690,000 pounds over four years.
  • A top-notch mentoring, training, and engagement program to aid with professional advancement.
  • Flexibility to meet individual needs, such as working part-time,. Additionally, extended sick leave, paternity, adoption, and maternity leave are covered.
  • Candidates may include their dependents (spouses and kids) in their appeal for relocation and visa expenses. In addition to the maximum grant amount of 690,000 pounds over four years, certain expenses may also be sought.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Research must fall under the purview of the Royal Society’s natural sciences division, which covers, among other things, chemistry, biology, engineering, mathematics, and physics.
  • If you meet the following requirements, you can apply for the pilot program: You must self-identify as being of black heritage, including mixed heritage; you must have a Ph.D. or plan to have one by the time funding begins; and you must have less than 24 months of post-doctoral experience.
  • Researchers with UK addresses, as well as those without, who want to carry out their research in the UK, are qualified.


Make sure your application is submitted by January 24, 2024; you can only do this once all participants—such as the department head and any designated referee—have finished their application forms and hit the “save and submit” button.

Application Deadline

  • The deadline for receipt of applications is January 24, 2024.

Open this link for more details about the Royal Society Career Development Fellowship 2024.


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