How to apply

Applicants should submit the following documents by 9 May 2014:

  1. CV. Please ensure that the CV includes:
    1. Names of colleges and universities attended
    2. Type of degrees earned and the years they were received
    3. A personal statement
    4. The names, phone numbers, and contact information of three references ,two should be academic referees
    5. An e-mail address at which the applicant can be reached. (NOTE: If the e-mail address of an applicant changes after the closing date, it is his/her responsibility to send the new e-mail address to the following:
  2. List of publications. Include articles in journals, proceedings volumes, etc., and abstracts, reports, maps, etc. Please do not submit copies of publications unless requested. Abstracts of up to three papers, reports, and so on, or a chapter from your PhD. dissertation may be submitted.
  3. Research proposal. Each research proposal should be a maximum of eight standard pages in length (single space, Times New Roman font, font size 12) and should contain:
    1. Research objective(s)
    2. Links to the BGS science programme strategy
    3. How and where research is to be conducted
    4. The name of Research supervisor(s) — the supervisors are listed in the description of the research opportunity
    5. A costed budget estimate
  4. This estimate should detail anticipated operating expenses for fieldwork, access to specialised equipment/ facilities, conference travel, publications, specialist computer hardware/software, scientific services etc.

    A list of references associated with the research proposal will not count toward the 8-page limit.

  5. Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. This is essential to enable us to monitor compliance with our Equal Opportunities Policy, but will not be forwarded to the Evaluation Panel.

The research proposal is the most important part of the application package, and development of the Proposal should be coordinated with the research supervisor(s).

Applicants are strongly recommended to discuss their proposed application and research with the research supervisor(s) identified in the opportunity, prior to submitting their proposal.

For information regarding the recruitment process or the status of an application, please contact The Human Resources department via e-mail on

Eligibility and qualifications

As this scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career, candidates must have been awarded within the previous five years (viva does not need to have taken place) a PhD and have had no more than six years full-time postdoctoral experience by 1 October 2014. Completion of the PhD should have taken no more than four years (unless it can be shown that an extension was due to an agreed career break).

Career breaks such as maternity leave, EU national service and Voluntary Service Overseas can be discounted, but teaching experience and/or time spent in industry since the award of a PhD should be included in the total amount of postdoctoral experience. Part-time employment will be considered on a pro-rata basis.

Individuals who have been promised, or already have, a relevant, equivalent permanent position are considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already and will not be eligible.

The British Geological Survey Fellowship Programme is open to candidates of all nationalities. However, all successful candidates will be required to provide proof of or obtain suitable eligibility to work in the UK. For further information, please visit the UK Home Office website.

Application material submission

The BGS strongly encourages the electronic submission of applications. All materials should be submitted in PDF format to PDF files submitted should not be larger than 12 MB. If a file is larger than 12 MB, applicants must split the contents of the file so that no one unit submitted is larger than 12 MB.

Application submission should be as follows:

  1. First PDF file should contain: ONLY the research proposal.
  2. A second PDF file should contain: a list of literature references cited in the proposal; budget estimate; and CV.

If a complete application package is not submitted, the applicant will not be considered for the position. Requests for deadline extensions will not be granted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the successful conveyance of the application package. Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail upon receipt. The closing date for applications is Friday 9 May 2014.

What happens next?

The BGS Human Resources department will provide the reviewers with application material for assessment. A BGS moderating panel will then select a shortlist of candidates, whose applications scored highly for interview. If invited for interview you will be required to provide proof of successful completion of education and provide official undergraduate and graduate transcripts. If your certificates and transcripts are not in English, please also provide a listing of all coursework with grade and credit hours information.

If an applicant is chosen for the opportunity and meets the qualification requirements, the Human Resources department will contact the applicant to confirm appointment.

For some additional details, such as a description of the criteria used to evaluate applications, please contact, by e-mail, BGS Human Resources .


Contact Human Resources for more information