This page is a first draft, and I offer no warranty as to its suitability for any
purpose. I expect to update it as a result of further study and contact with
other organisations. Miles Reid


The (British) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council gives out
British government money for scientific research, including grants
for graduate students. Their website
wins the prize for the world's most impenetrable. Find postdoc fellowships here.

EPSRC studentships
  EPSRC studentships are restricted to study for Ph.D. at a British Univ.
EU citizens (not "Associated States") can apply for an EPSRC studenship
to cover "fees only" -- that is, EPSRC pay university tuition fees as for
Brits, but no living allowance. Application is via the graduate school of the

(Several UK universities offer a small number of studentships for Ph.D.)

EPSRC research grants for postdocs
  The normal way of getting a postdoc position through EPSRC is for a
"principal investigator" to apply for a grant to cover a research project
including a Research Assistant. The most important criterion for success
is the scientific quality of the project, and only a small fraction of
applications are funded. In principle the fellow does not have to be named
in the application, but an excellent candidate is of course useful in
arguing the quality of the project. An RA can be of any nationality.
See funding guideline.

Royal Society

The Royal Society of London is the British equivalent of the Academy of
Sciences. It offers UK post-docs University Research Fellowships, and
other fellowships. See or more especially funding and
fellowships. All positions from the Royal Soc are prestigious, meaning that
a very high standard of applicant is expected.

There are various kinds of grants for international study visits, e.g. to
Russia, Japan, etc. Example: 2+2 Japan--UK fellowships, a 4 year package
giving a 2 year fellowship in Japan and two years back home

The NATO/Royal Soc fellowships offer 1 year to Eastern European
postdocs, including Russians or citizens of the former Yugoslav republic of
Macedonia. The annual closing dates are 15th April and 1st Oct.

See also fellowships for visiting US scientists, annual closing date 1st Feb.

Leverhulme trust

The Leverhulme trust gives away approx 140 individual research awards
to UK based academics annually, and a number of fellowships for visitors
to the UK.

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 gives postdoc fellowships to
outstanding young scientists from UK or British Commonwealth (plus Ireland,
Pakistan). They are apparently particularly keen to get mathematicians to
apply. Annual deadline 1st Mar.

Postdoctoral positions in Israel

See the postdoctoral program of the Emmy Noether Institute.

German grant agencies

The two most important grant agencies for foreign scientists wanting to
visit a German institution are:
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.

Japanese COE

The Japanese science funding agencies have established COE ("Twenty-First
Century Centres of Excellence"), providing generous research grants at 7 Math
departments (Hokkaido Univ., Keio Univ., Kyoto Univ., Kyushu Univ., Nagoya
Univ., Osaka City Univ., Tokyo Univ.). These will include a significant number
of predoc, postdoc and other positions over the next few years (5 years, but
subject to review). These COEs are expected to interact closely with EU
networks such as EAGER and EDGE. Kyoto Univ. is already advertising
postdoc positions, with an application deadline in Aug 2003.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The JSPS offers many generous grants for post-doc fellowships in Japan.
The normal procedure is to apply in cooperation with colleagues at a Japanese
research centre.

Canon Foundation Europe

The Canon Foundation offers travel grants for extended visits by European
graduate students or postdocs to visit Japan, and vice versa.


KOSEF (Korea Science and Engineering Foundation) offers a number of
opportunities for postdoc fellowships at Korean research institutions and


The different EAGER groups all have fellowships to give away, and will
probably be keen to offer visits of several months to postdocs from other
European countries. For a list of the different EAGER groups and contact
addresses for information on fellowships, go to Euclid and click on
"Structure". Similar remarks apply to EDGE.

Maria Sk\lodowska-Curie graduate schools

The EU Framework V "Marie Curie research training centres" offer
studentships to graduate students from EU and associated states to
study for between 3 months and 1 year. Most of the schools will open
from late 2000. Click here for legal conditions and
information about schools (Hint: do search by single keyword).

Threefolds in algebraic geometry (3-fAG) at Warwick

Offers studentships to study 3-folds and related areas of geometry at

Oslo Mathematics Doctoral Training Site (OMATS)

The specialized fields of OMATS are algebraic geometry, operator algebras and
algebraic K-theory/geometric topology.

Liverpool Mathematics International Training Site (LIMITS)

Algebraic geometry, singularity theory and knot theory

EU funding

Main website CORDIS and Improving

Marie Curie individual fellowships

These offer 2 years fellowships for EU or Associated States postdocs under 35.
See for information package
and application forms. To be successful, you have to score high points on all of
their evaluation criteria:
 (a) for the individual
 (b) for the scientific quality of the project
 (c) for the host institution
 (d) for the quality of research training to be provided
Note that in theory, they are interested in research TRAINING, not in
science per se.

The final deadline of Framework V is 13th Mar 2002.

(You should allow at least 3 weeks to assemble the application, which
is a complicated business requiring original input from several sources.)


INTAS offers joint projects with scientific groups in NIS (New Independent States
of the former Soviet Union). In theory it pays only for the expenses of the NIS
participants. It also offers studentships and fellowships of Eu3,500 and Eu6,000 for
young NIS scientists. For more information and application forms, see
The next deadline is 26 April 2002 for Grants for Young NIS Scientists.

Australian National University, Canberra

ANU is currently offering a number of postdoc positions, with an expressed
preference for algebraic geometry. For details, see their website or contact
Amnon Neeman

Jobs and other funding opportunities

Oxford and Cambridge colleges offer research fellowships, sometimes with
rather specific conditions. Web sites listing job openings include the LMS,
the European Math Soc and the American Math Soc