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Fellowship Funding

Fellowship Funding

We're keen to support strong candidates in applying for Research fellowships. We're interested in attracting applicants with a strong track record with interests that match our research profile.

The Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF) classified 93% of our research as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. This places the department in jount third place among UK universities.

The panel commended our submission for the high proportion of early career researchers included, and for our Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of our support for equality and diversity.       

We have a successful track record in mentoring and supporting young researchers and fellows. We aim to continue supporting excellent young researchers and can tailor our support to fit with the requirements of each funding scheme and career aspirations.

We generously support excellent neuroscience research and are happy to discuss contributing to projects in terms of MRI hours. Please get in touch with the Director of Research Strategy.

Elaine Funnell Neuroscience Lab

  • Siemens Trio Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanner (3 Tesla). We were the first psychology department in the UK to host an on-site MRI scanner. For more information, see the CUBIC website.
  • Range of MRI-compatible equipment (response boxes, microphone, eye tracker)
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with the Magstim Rapid Stimulator for single- pulse and repetitive stimulation equipped with Visor System for Neuronavigation
  • Electroencephalography equipment

Sleep Lab 

  • two bedrooms and a control room
  • polysomnography equipment for monitoring neural activity during sleep.

Eye-Tracking Lab

  • IR Eye Tracker (Eyelink 2 & 3)
  • Video Eye Tracker (CRS Ltd.)
  • Psychophysics Graphics Systems (VSG I, II, Visage)
  • Tobii Eye Tracker
  • SR 1000 Remote Eye & Head Tracker
  • 6 Camera Vicon 3D motion tracking system
  • Large FoV immersive, fixed platform, city centre driving simulator
  • Portable platforms for measuring seated/standing CoP
  • Virtual Environment generation software.


  • A state-of-the-art EEG lab comprises a 64-channel system with active external electrodes and a wireless 32-channel system
  • allowing hyper-scanning but also recording during neurostimulation and integration with Virtual Reality.

Social Psychophysiology Lab

A new Social Psychophysiology Lab, led by Tsakiris (ERC grant) with the participation of Bahrami, allows simultaneous peripheral physiology recordings from multiple participants while they perform joint tasks.

Virtual Reality Lab

  • large dedicated “play space” for participants
  • equipped with five VR headsets, two incorporating an eye-tracker
  • high-spec PC’s and graphics cards required for VR presentations.
  • The inclusion of eye-tracking with VR greatly extends the capability of the facility and provides synergies with existing eye tracking researchers. Collaborative VR projects are underway with researchers from Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and substantial funding has been obtained for work on immersive experiences as part of the AHRC funded ‘Story Futures’ consortium.
  • The lab is equipped with Oculus and HTC Vive headsets, which are eye-tracking enabled using Tobii technology.  For a full list of equipment and software click here.

    To visit the VR lab website please click here.

Language and Cognition Lab

  • Psycholinguistics computer laboratory
  • Sound-proof chamber
  • Speech recording equipment
  • Electropalatography studio for taking measures of tongue movement

Baby Lab

The Royal Holloway Baby Lab is a research facility in the Department of Psychology including waiting room, testing room and control room with CCTV system with dual camera capability. We study the development of cognitive abilities during infancy, including memory and thinking. We invite you and your baby to help us explore this exciting period of development.


To allow time both for preparation and proper costing of the proposal, the process of submission must start at least 20 working days before the deadline. All Fellowship proposals will be subject to a critical review by members of academic staff and the Research Committee as part of the submission process.

Contact the Director of Research, Professor Manos Tsakiris

Funding body


Who can apply?



David Phillips Fellowship

Applicants should have at least three years of postdoctoral experience but not hold an academic position of Lecturer level or equivalent.

5 years


Future Leader Fellowship

Applicants should not exceed five years in active postdoctoral research employment prior to announcement of the awarded.

3 years


Returns to Research Fellowships

Scientists wishing to return to research after a career break of two or more years for family, caring or health reasons.

2 years

British Academy

Post-doctoral Fellowship

Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate.

3 years


Advanced Investigator Grant

Researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right.

Up to 5 years


Consolidator Grant

Up-and-coming research leaders (over seven and up to 12 years of  experience since completion of PhD) who are about to consolidate a proper research team and start conducting independent research.

Up to 5 years


Starting Grant

Up-and-coming research leaders (with two-seven years of experience since completion of PhD) who are about to establish a proper research team and start conducting independent research.

Up to 5 years


New Investigator Grant

Enable outstanding early-career social scientists to acquire the skills set to become the future world leaders in their field.

2 years


Early Career Fellowships

Researchers at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research.

3 years


Major Research Fellowship

Well-established and distinguished researchers able to demonstrate   scholarship at the highest level.

2-3 years

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Individual Fellowships

Experienced researchers with doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience.

1-2 years


Career Development Award

There are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience.

5 years


Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship

There are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience.

7 years


International Fellowship

Applicants must have a PhD, have no more than seven years of active full-time postdoctoral experience, be working outside the UK, and not hold UK citizenship.

2 years


Advanced Fellowships

Applicants must hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute, which must span the duration of the project. Applicants should have no more than 15 years of postdoctoral experience.

Up to 3 years


Mobility Grants

Available to international researchers that want to strengthen the research and innovation capacity by visiting or sending staff and students to the UK.

Up to the length of the visit


Career Development Fellowship

No more than seven years post-doctoral experience and able to provide evidence of a clear commitment to becoming a fully independent researcher.

3 years


Post-Doctoral Fellowship

No more than three years post-doctoral experience and able to demonstrate   potential as a researcher.

3 years


Transitional Research Fellowship

No more than five years post-doctoral experience to support researchers to make a transition from basic or experimental science research to an area of applied health or clinical research.

18 – 24 months


Senior Research Fellowship

Outstanding individuals who are currently independent researchers and can demonstrate the potential to become academic and research leaders.

5 years

Royal Society


Candidates should be within three years of the award of a doctorate and without a permanent academic position.

18-24 months

Royal Society

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

Researchers at an early stage of their career, no more than six years post PhD; designed to help to progress to a permanent position.

5 years

Royal Society

Sir Henry Dale Fellowship

Researchers with less than two years with current department.

Up to 5 years

Wellcome Trust

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applicants within two years of PhD viva.

4 years

Wellcome Trust

Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences

Postdoctoral researcher not in a tenured or long-term established post.

3 years


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