CLASS Fellowships

The new CLASS Early Career Researcher Fellowship scheme is now open for applications.  


CLASS is a 5-year, £24million research programme that started in 2018 (Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science, NERC National Capability,


The CLASS Early Career Researcher (ECR) Fellowships provide financial support for postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers to spend around 2-4 months as visitors at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) or the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), two of the CLASS partner centres.  


The purpose of CLASS ECR Fellowships is to support the career development of ECRs by enabling collaborative working with CLASS researchers, as well as access to CLASS facilities, data sets, model output and tools, and berths on CLASS cruises.  The research carried out by the ECR during the Fellowship should enhance the CLASS objectives and build on the project's observations and/or modelling and/or technology development. 


The CLASS ECR Fellowships are awarded through a competitive selection process and you can apply for one using the form at  The funds associated with the Fellowships are intended to cover the cost of an extended visit to NOC or SAMS (or of joining a CLASS cruise).  They can be used for travel, temporary accommodation, and consumables associated with research during the Fellowship.  It is therefore essential that the Fellowship applicants are registered as students, or employed as researchers for the period of the Fellowship, and that permission for the visit is given by supervisors or line managers (as appropriate).


To be eligible to receive a CLASS ECR Fellowship, an applicant must be a Masters or PhD student, or be employed as a researcher and have less than 6 years post-doctoral working experience (full time equivalent).


The first deadline for applications for CLASS Fellowships is 18 April 2019 for visits during 2019.


The next deadline is 30 September 2019 for visits in the first half of 2020, and deadlines will be advertised at 6-month intervals after that.


For further information, please contact CLASS Science Coordinator, Dr. Penny Holliday (