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The spirit of international scientific collaboration seems stronger than ever

Lindemann Trust Fellowship

Key facts

  • What: US research fellowship for postdoctoral scientists
  • Grant: $50,000 plus £1,000 travel grant
  • When: Applications close in February each year with interviews in April

In brief

The English-Speaking Union offers up to three grants a year, worth $50,000 each, for postdoctoral scientists to carry out their research at a host institution in the USA. The Lindemann Trust Fellowships are awarded to graduates who have shown exceptional promise and the capacity to produce original research in the applied sciences.

We also offer a £1,000 grant to each fellow to assist with travel costs. Following a legacy left by Brigadier Charles Lindemann, the ESU has run the fellowships since March 1972.

Each fellowship lasts for one year and supports research in the fields of astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics and physics.

Why apply

  • Chance to undertake postdoctoral scientific research in the USA without financial difficulty
  • Travel grant worth £1,000
  • Fantastic opportunity for professional development, and a differentiating factor on your CV
  • Exposure to other points of view and a different way of life


The amount of grants given through the Lindemann Trust Fellowship over the last five years

In the spirit of the fellowship, I have used this time to foster more collaborations and relationships, which is something that feels ever more important in the current political climate. I am heartened that, despite much uncertainty among my colleagues both here and back home, the spirit of international scientific collaboration seems stronger than ever. I am also pleased that my time here has been productive, with one paper published, another currently undergoing peer review, and two more submitting soon. But overall, the most valuable experience with this fellowship has undoubtedly been the chance to explore outside my own academic niche, which I have found very rewarding.

Matthew Horton, Lindemann Fellow 2017

Apply now

Applications open in October and close in February each year with interviews in April. Fellowships may then be taken up any time between September and April of the following academic year.

Applications are now closed.


If you have any questions or queries about the Lindemann Trust Fellowship, please email

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