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The MRC Centre of Medical Mycology (MRC CMM) welcomes enquiries from excellent researchers who wish to submit a fellowship application to an external funder (for example UKRI, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society or National Government) and be hosted and mentored by the MRC Centre of Medical Mycology.

Fellowship applications with the MRC CMM - Expressions of interest

We recommend that you first contact the Centre, or an individual academic to discuss your ideas. If you wish to proceed with an application, we have an internal mentoring process to ensure that the applications we support are of the highest standard and fit the strategic aims of the centre.

To express an interest in a fellowship application:

Please complete the form below and attach: 

  • a 1-2 page summary of your proposed research programme
  • your full publication list
  • your CV (maximum 2 pages).

Following review of your application, you may be asked to attend a short on-line interview. Only those proposals that are judged to have a good chance of success will be recommended for submission. The decision will be based on the applicant’s track record, the quality of the research and its fit to the proposed funding scheme.

Please note that writing a good fellowship application takes considerable time and input, and therefore we ask that you submit the required documents at least 6 months before the funder’s deadline.

Further information on Fellowships and PhDs within the Biosciences Department can be found here.

We also ask that you take note of the following information:

  • Some schemes (for example UKRI Future Leaders’ Fellowships and BBSRC Fellowships) have an additional University level process to determine which applications are approved, and this will be required of all applicants. Recommendation by the MRC CMM is not a guarantee that you will be authorised to proceed.
  • In order to manage our resources and avoid competition between applicants, if you are invited to submit a fellowship application, you may be required to defer to a later round of the competition.
  • Successful fellowship applications will not automatically translate into a proleptic appointment at the end of the fellowship.

Expression of interest form:

* Fields marked with an asterisk are compulsory


Fellowships and PhDs

Biosciences currently has more than 20 senior research fellows and 30 junior research fellows, funded by NERC, BBSRC, the Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, Marie Sklodowska Curie, and others. Our diverse funding portfolio supports our vibrant community of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and independent research fellows. 

Join our research community

Research fellows

Fellowship applicants interested in joining us should contact the member of academic staff closest to their research area or our Directors of Research and Impact in the first instance to discuss their proposed project: Professor Eduarda Santos or Professor Ivana Gudelj.

We have a strong track record of hosting fellowships funded by both UK and international schemes (e.g. UKRI Future Leaders Fellows, NERC Independent Research Fellows, BBSRC David Phillips and Discovery Fellows, Royal Society University Research Fellows, Marie Curie Fellows, European Research Council and Wellcome schemes)

We also welcome enquiries from existing fellowship holders interested in transferring to the University of Exeter. It is always useful to include a full academic CV.

Fellowship support is offered at all stages:


  • Advice on scheme suitability and proposal writing from our many successful fellows and research development staff.
  • Review of draft proposals.
  • Costing and submission of applications via funder portals.
  • Assistance with interview preparation.

For existing fellows:

  • 1:1 mentoring from senior colleagues.
  • Peer support from our Early Career Researcher network.
  • Opportunities (but no obligation) to gain teaching experience and to supervise BSc, MSc, MRes, and PhD project students.
  • Training and personal development.
  • Support for grant proposal development from senior colleagues and research support staff.

Find out more about support and funding available for research fellows:

Download a file containing summary information of a range of possible fellowship schemes and further information on our internal processes for applicants: 

» Fellowship opportunities and more information

Please contact our Research Development teams in the first instance if you have any questions:

PhD researchers

Our PhD students benefit from:

  • High-quality research supervision to develop and nurture your scientific potential
  • A tailored supervision approach to suit your requirements
  • Accessible supervisors who are enthusiastic about working directly with postgraduate research students
  • Regular timetabled meetings with your supervisor, plus meetings with your research group
  • Instant access to world-leading researchers who will share their expertise and ideas with you through our 'open door' policy for all postgraduate students

» Find out more about the Biological Sciences PhD programme