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Maplethorpe Fellowships



Applications are now open for 2023

Maplethorpe Fellowships have been established under the Will of the late Mr Cyril W Maplethorpe for the promotion of pharmaceutical education and excellence in research.

The Fellowship may be held at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King’s College London or the UCL School of Pharmacy.

Applications are encouraged from early career researchers and, although preference is given to pharmacists, any individual with a suitable background in Pharmaceutical Science or Healthcare will also be considered. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented in these roles. We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

The appointment shall commence from October 2023 and will have a duration of up to two years. The Fellowship will comprise the salary for the fellow, consumables and travel allowance.

Prior to submission, forms must be signed by either: 

  • Professor Parastou Donyai, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London, if applying to undertake a Fellowship at King’s; for this purpose, please email Professor Donyai directly


  • Professor Cate Whittlesea, Interim Director of the UCL School of Pharmacy, if applying to undertake a Fellowship at UCL. If you wish to obtain a signature from Professor Whittlesea, please email

Key information

We are not currently seeking applications for the Maplethorpe Fellowships after the 2023 round of applications have closed. Please look out for further updates on the 2024 round of Maplethorpe Fellowships. You can find examples of the application form for the fellowship attached to the right.

We expect applicants to have a PhD degree. Although there is no limit on how long after completing your PhD you can apply for the Fellowship, usually applicants should have less than 2 years post-doctoral experience. You will need to have an academic sponsor who is an established member of academic staff at the Department of Pharmacy at KCL and/or the UCL School of Pharmacy.

Your salary will be between point 31 and point 33 of the Central University Salary Scale depending on experience, plus London Allowance offered by your host institution. Fellowships can be awarded as full time or part time appointments depending on individual circumstances. Continuation to subsequent years is subject to a satisfactory end of year report. Third year extensions may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

The job description, person specification and application form can be accessed on the right of this page.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact

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Job description and application form

The Maplethorpe Fellowship seeks to fund excellent candidates from diverse backgrounds who propose strong projects that will form a suitable platform for progression to a successful, long-term career in pharmaceutical research. Download the job description and application form here.


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