Future Leader Fellowships in Plant and Fungal Science

Equipping early-career researchers with the skills needed to become the world’s future leaders in plant and fungal sciences

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The Future Leader Fellowship in Plant and Fungal Science provides a unique opportunity for early-career researchers to develop their scientific portfolio and skills in a vibrant research environment, working with colleagues in Kew Science to make substantial contributions to these challenges facing humanity.  

The programme aims to provide fellows with an internationally outstanding level of education and professional development, empowering them to establish themselves as independent researchers in their discipline by the end of the fellowship.

Five research Fellowships will be available each year spread across Kew's two sites: Kew Gardens and Wakehurst.

Fellowships are available for 2021 applicants in the research areas below:

Pollinator Biological Chemistry 

The Fellowship in Pollinator Biological Chemistry is suitable for applicants with a background in pollination biology or chemical ecology with a strong interest and/or experience in plant chemistry.

The successful applicant’s research interest in their nominated field will go beyond specific interactions to address broader questions, such as their relevance to the challenges facing humanity today.

Plant Trait Evolution 

The Fellowship in Plant Trait Evolution is suitable for applicants with a strong background in trait analysis, bioinformatics, comparative phylogenomics and predictive modelling.

It provides an exciting opportunity for the successful applicant to develop their own research programme that explores key traits important for understanding plant adaptation and resilience to global change.

Comparative Fungal Biology

The Fellowship in Comparative Fungal Biology is suitable for applicants with a strong background in fungal systematics, molecular techniques and analytical methods, with potential bioinformatics and comparative genomics knowledge.

We are interested in hearing from applicants with research ideas that use a group (or many groups) of fungi as a model system to address broader questions related to determinants of diversity, evolution, community ecology and global change, with a special emphasis on evolution and ecology of lifestyles and symbiotic interactions.

Spatial Analysis 

The Fellowship in Spatial Analysis is suitable for a spatial scientist with a strong background in R and Python, biomass measurements, and UAV and/or LiDAR, and the ability to develop spatial research ideas that align to Kew’s scientific mission.

Seed Conservation 

The Fellowship in Seed Conservation will be suitable for applicants with a strong interest in plant conservation, genetic resource evaluation, trait analysis, and building collaborative conservation outcomes.

Applicants should have a strong background in big data, including excellent data compilation, cleaning and databasing skills, together with excellent data analysis and statistical skills, and the ability to develop interesting research ideas that align to Kew’s scientific mission.

How to apply

Applications are now open through Kew's careers portal. The deadline to apply is Sunday 13 June 2021.


For more information on the Fellowship opportunity and details on how to apply please read the Future Leaders Fellowship in Plant and Fungal Science brochure.

If you have any questions on any aspect of the programme, please email FLFScience@kew.org.

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