Postdoctoral research grants for scientists

Lindemann Trust Fellowship

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.

These Fellowships enable postdoctoral scientists to pursue research in the USA without financial difficulty, and without being obliged to take up paid employment. 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.

How to apply

Applications for the 2019/20 Lindemann Trust Fellowships are now open. Please apply here.

Applications close on Monday 11th February 2019.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 9th April 2019.

To be eligible to apply, candidates must meet the following criteria:

*        Hold British, Irish or Commonwealth citizenship AND be normally resident in the UK

*        Either be in the final stages of your doctoral studies at a UK university, or have completed your doctorate at a UK university within the last three academic years

Candidates will be required to complete an online application form. A letter of endorsement from the proposed host institution must be uploaded as part of this application process (please see the below ‘Notes for Host Endorsement Letter’) and two confidential references must be sent directly to the ESU before the application closing date.

Successful applicants would then be invited to interview with the Lindemann Committee and members of the ESU’s international team. Fellowships may then be taken up any time between September and April of the following academic year.

For more information please read the below Notes for Applicants and then email with any queries.


The application notes contain more information on eligibility, the history of the grant, and the application process.

Notes for applicants
Notes for host endorsement
Notes for referees