Royal Society Research Professorship

This scheme is for world-class scientists who would benefit from a period of long-term support to allow them to focus on research and collaboration based at an institution in the UK.

Royal Society Research Professorship

Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin OM KBE FRS (1914-1998) was appointed as a Royal Society Research Professor in 1952. He was later awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and became President of the Royal Society (copyright Godfrey Argent Studio).

The scheme provides salary costs, a one-off start-up grant and research expenses.

The Professorships may be awarded in any field across the natural sciences. Some awards will be restricted to specific areas as follows:

  • Royal Society Wolfson Research Professorship in Physics or Chemistry at the interface with Biology
  • Royal Society GSK Research Professorship in Molecular aspects of Medicine
  • Royal Society Napier Research Professorship to ascertain the cause of cancer, including any corresponding allied disease and the means of prevention, cure and alleviation.

These prestigious posts provide long-term support for internationally recognised scientists of outstanding achievement and promise. Previous holders of Royal Society Research Professorships include Nobel Laureates and Presidents of the Royal Society.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants can be of any nationality, and applications are particularly welcomed from scientists currently resident outside the UK.

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes (PDF).

Value and tenure

The scheme provides salary costs, a one-off start-up grant and research expenses. Appointments are usually made for up to 10 years.

After this period, all responsibility for the post, financial and otherwise, will pass to the host organisation alone. A representative of the host organisation will be asked to agree in principle to make this commitment, when an application is submitted to the Society.

Application process

All Research Professorship applications will be initially assessed by the Research Professorship Panel, and a shortlist will be drawn up. The shortlisted proposals will be reviewed by a minimum of five independent referees who have been suggested by the panel. A second shortlist is then drawn up. Applicants that pass this stage will be invited for interview in July 2014 at the Royal Society. Final decisions will be made at a meeting of the selection panel in July 2014.

There is scope to assess applications before the closing date by means of a fast-track assessment procedure for cases where a rapid decision is required. Fast-track applications will be considered for truly exceptional overseas candidates only. Please refer to the scheme notes for further information. If you wish to discuss this option then please contact the Senior Fellowships team (seniorfellowships@royalsociety.org).

Applying for this scheme

This scheme is currently closed to applications.

To apply for this scheme:

Current holders

These world-class scientists currently hold a Royal Society Research Professorship.

Senior career schemes

Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
For outstanding scientists who would benefit from a five year salary enhancement to help recruit them to or retain them in the UK.

Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship
For scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties for a period of up to one year.

Royal Society Research Professorship
For world-class scientists who would benefit from long-term support to allow them to focus on research and collaboration based at an institution in the UK.

See all the grant schemes.

Contact us

If you have a question about this scheme, please first read the scheme notes which contain more information. If the answer is still not available, you can contact the grants team here.