Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

The Ernest Rutherford Fellowship scheme was announced on 29 March 2011. The Fellowships will enable early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. They will encourage talented researchers in UK universities to remain in the country and at the same time attract outstanding overseas researchers to the UK. This new scheme replaces and builds on STFC's Advanced Fellowship programme.

Key facts

Each Fellowship will last for five years, with 12 being offered annually. Fellows will receive support for their salary and be able to bid for significant additional funds to support their research. When the scheme reaches its full cohort of 60 Ernest Rutherford Fellows in 2016, the funds available for this additional research support will total £3M per year.

How to Apply

*The next closing date is 26 September 2013 at 16:00*

You are advised to contact your proposed host department as early as possible and certainly well ahead of the deadline for submission of applications. Departments may have internal processes to select which candidates to support and the timetables for these vary.

Applications are welcome from those seeking to resume a research career, following a period of absence from active research. Details can be found on our Returner Fellowships web page.

To apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship you are strongly advised to read the guidance notes. These contain the rules and regulations for the scheme and advise on completing the online application form in Je-S. Organisational Structure.

Organisational Structure



Fellowships and general enquiries

Tel: +44 (0)1793 413 195
Fax: +44 (0)1793 442 036
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  • 01 July 2013:  Ernest Rutherford Fellowship call