We currently support 40 Fellows and PhD students, 12 of whom (i.e. 30%) are women.

We have been looking at ways to address the current and historic gender imbalance in our team.  As a result we are introducing new schemes targeted specifically at increasing the number of female Heilbronn Fellows and PhD students.


We provide funding for UK PhD students in association with the School of Mathematics.

We are seeking to increase the representation of women at postgraduate and subsequently postdoctoral level, where the proportion of women is not currently in line with that of female top mathematics graduates. It is widely recognised that increasing the diversity of its students and staff has numerous benefits to the Institute, and it is of particular importance to us.

In addition to pursuing their PhD full-time for the remainder of the academic year, students will spend nine weeks each summer with HIMR, and during this time are expected to participate in classified research in areas of discrete mathematics or statistics. Students may choose a PhD thesis topic outside these areas. The (classified) summer component of the work will not form part of the student’s PhD thesis.

Note:  Due to the nature of the Heilbronn Institute’s work, candidates must satisfy vetting before appointment. UK resident UK nationals will normally be able to meet this condition: other potential applicants should consult the Heilbronn Manager about their eligibility before applying.

Referral Rewards

We are keen to recruit the most able mathematicians and committed to increase the diversity of the applicant pool.

We will be offering £500 towards personal research expenses to any member of staff at a UK University who refers a female applicant that is then successfully appointed to a Heilbronn Fellowship.  If you wish to draw our attention to a candidate who would contribute to diversity at Heilbronn in other ways, or if you wish to submit your referrals, please contact the Heilbronn Manager at heilbronn-manager@bristol.ac.uk

Network events

We are a supporter of the  Good Practice Scheme coordinated by the London Mathematical Society .  Our  aim is to advance women’s careers in mathematics and we therefore particularly welcome women to join us by getting involved in our events to bring female staff and graduate students together.  In many areas of mathematics women are in the minority and this is a chance to meet female staff and postgraduate students they would not normally encounter. We also support some mathematics meetings for women run elsewhere.

Support for carers

We are able to help with  the cost of child care for invited speakers and participants attending Heilbronn’s events .

For further information please contact the Heilbronn Manager at heilbronn-manager@bristol.ac.uk