Developing Research Talent

The University of Edinburgh has supported a major investment in developing research talent through two main routes, the Edinburgh Career Development Scheme and Chancellor’s Fellowships.

The Edinburgh Career Development Scheme (ECDS)

The Edinburgh Career Development Scheme (ECDS) is a large scale investment by the University to develop and support early career researchers to overcome structural barriers to career advancement. The programme aims to address under-representation of minority groups in research and innovation, provide targeted and supported opportunities for under-represented groups and to address particular challenges of precarity in the immediate years following a PhD.  

Edinburgh Career Development Scheme 

Chancellor’s Fellows

These are five year tenure-track fellowships.

Round two 2023 closed on the 28th August 2023.  Please see the College pages linked below for more information:  

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine - Edinburgh Scientific Academic Track (ESAT)

College of Science and Engineering

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Central University Training and Support for Chancellor's Fellows

Chancellor's Fellows Support

Welcome Event

The IAD will be holding a welcome event for all new Chancellor’s Fellows.  This will allow the opportunity to meet other new Chancellor’s Fellows from across the institution and hear about central level training and development opportunities that will be running.  The details of the event are:

Date: Wednesday 4th October, 2023, 10:00 – 12:45, followed by lunch

For more information email: 

Support for preparing fellowship applications 

Fellowship Guide