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Maplethorpe Fellowships



Applications are now open for 2022.

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 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.

The Fellowships may be held at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King’s College London or the University College London (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 2022 and will have a duration of up to two years. The Fellowship will comprise the salary for the fellow’s consumables and travel allowance.

Prior to submission, forms must be signed by: 

  • Dr Sukhvinder Bansal, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London, if applying to undertake a Fellowship at King’s; or

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

Key information

You will need to submit an application and details of 2 referees to before 23:59 on Monday 18 April 2022. 

The job decscription, person specification and application can all be found on the UCL Maplethorpe Fellowship page.

Interviews will likely take place during the summer term.

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. The Fellowship is initially awarded for one year only. Continuation to second year is subject to a satisfactory end of year report. Third year extensions may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Fellowships are awarded full time/part time appointments depending on individual circumstances.

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


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