Classification of Fellowship Proposal


- AHRC specific

- ESRC specific

- MRC specific

- NERC specific

- STFC specific

AHRC - Specific Requirements

Please see the guidance on how to complete this section available

Please also ensure that you have the read the Additional Information section of the AHRC Research Funding Guide: for information on AHRC’s subject coverage.



ESRC - Specific Requirements

Please explain any international dimensions to the proposal including overseas collaborations.

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MRC - Specific Guidance

Classifications: The classification sub-sections are a series of screens where Applicants must enter data that is used for the classification of their Fellowship Proposal.

Board or Panel Portfolio: This screen is used to scientifically classify your proposal.

Human Biological Samples: Does the proposed work involve human Biological samples?

Technology Development: Please indicate whether or not your work involves Technology development for clinical use.

Clinical Speciality: Non-Clinical applicants should be aware that this section is mandatory, and that they should select ‘Not Applicable’. Selecting ‘Other’ allows for free-text input.

Clinical Sub-Speciality: Not mandatory, but as above.

Research Setting: Non-Clinical applicants should be aware that this section is mandatory, and that they should select ‘None’.

Stem Cells: Applicants should indicate whether or not their research involves the use of Stem Cells, and if so, what type.

Developing Countries

Will the research involve a substantial component in developing countries? If so select those that apply.


Keywords: Please enter relevant keywords for this research. Where possible use standard MeSH terms as this will help us in the research classification process.


Please follow the link to the MeSH website


Clinician Scientist Fellowship Clinical

To enable outstanding clinical researchers to consolidate their research skills and make transition from postdoctoral research and training to independent investigation.


Career Development Award Non-clinical

Up to 5 years support for outstanding post-doctoral researchers who wish to consolidate their research skills.


Senior Non-clinical Fellowship Non-clinical

Award for non-clinical researchers of exceptional ability.


Senior Clinical Fellowship Clinical

Prestigious award for clinical researchers of exceptional ability.


Clinical Research Training fellowship Clinical

Up to 3 years support for clinically qualified, active professionals to undertake specialised or further research training.


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NERC - Specific Guidance

Science classification

The NERC management system for administering and processing research grants, fellowships and training awards includes a four-part section to accommodate a science classification.

The classification scheme is NERC-wide and spans the whole range of Earth System Science supported by Council, both in the academic community and within NERC's Research Centres. NERC can only accept application forms that have been fully completed, including all relevant parts of the classification section.

  1. Science Area Please indicate within which science area or areas your application falls and indicate percentage relevance (totalling 100%).

  2. Secondary Classification Please put a tick in the box under any heading that is appropriate to your project (Earth Observation, Science-based Archaeology, Arctic Polar science, Antarctic Polar science, part of a cross research council programme or a co-funded project). You may tick any number of relevant boxes, or leave this part blank.

  3. Environmental & Natural Resource Issues (ENRI) You are asked to indicate the percentage relevance to one or more of the ENRIs in this part of the classification scheme (totalling 100%), that best describe the environmental context of your application. The definitions are set out below:

Biodiversity - Understanding the factors determining biological diversity, living and past, its functional significance and the implications for conservation strategies and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Environmental Risks and Hazards - Predicting and assessing extreme natural events (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, land instability, storms and floods) and other potential hazards to the environment (such as the release of genetically modified or non-native organisms) and their implications for human and environmental safety.


Global Change - Understanding and predicting global change on a range of time and space scales, the impacts of change on the environment and the implications for human health and sustainable development.


Natural Resource Management - Understanding the functioning of earth, land, freshwater, coastal and marine systems. Identification of renewable and non-renewable resource potential, assessment of the impacts of their exploitation and environmentally sustainable management.


Pollution and Waste - Understanding the factors that influence environmental quality; assessing the implications of pollution and waste in relation to environmental and human health; and contributing to the development of environmentally sustainable waste management and remediation strategies.


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STFC - Specific Requirements


Ernest Rutherford Fellowships only

Applications are accepted in the areas of astronomy; solar and planetary science; particle physics; particle astrophysics; nuclear physics.


Applicants should tick one box only for the “overall summary” classification under the Peer Review Preferences section of the form.


Classifications totalling 100% are required for “Type of Activity”.

The descriptions of what areas are covered by the Peer Review Preferences are listed below:

Near Universe Astronomy - Theory and observation; galactic astronomy; inter-stellar medium; stars; planetary science; extra-solar planets; solar and solar-terrestrial physics.

Extragalactic Astronomy - Theory and observation; galaxy formation; active galactic nuclei; large scale structure; quasars; jets.

Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology - Theory and experiment; dark energy phenomenology; inflation; braneworld cosmology; gravity theories; cosmic microwave background; neutrinos; gravitational waves; cosmic rays; gamma rays.

Particle Physics Experiment - Experimental research into Standard Model and Beyond the Standard Model particle physics.


Particle Physics Theory - Theoretical research into Standard Model and Beyond the Standard Model particle physics.


Nuclear Physics - Theoretical and experimental research covered by the STFC nuclear physics programme (hadron physics; nuclear structure; nuclear astrophysics; relativistic heavy ions).


Public Engagement Fellowships, Large Awards and Small Awards only

Please provide details of the number of people you hope to reach and break this down by percentage (as a multiple of 20, and totalling 100) against the audience types listed.


Indicate the areas of research that are related to your proposal. You may tick more than one box.


Select the tick box next to each facility which is relevant to your application.


Select the tick box next to each of the activity types that apply to this application.


Please select the option which best describes the way you heard about this scheme.


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