Rutherford International Fellowship Programme

Call for Proposals now open: Deadline 29 September 2017

Kevin Knight, Ian Tucker and Helen Playford during an experiment using the PEARL pressure beamline at ISIS.
(Credit: STFC)

The Rutherford International Fellowship Programme is a post-doctoral fellowship scheme part-funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND scheme. The Programme will support up to 36 post-doctoral researchers to work within Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) departments and facilities, as well as the Diamond Light Source.

A news story on some of the Fellows who have recently started is available online.

RIFP sets out to develop the next generation of leading researchers in a wide range of scientific disciplines. The Programme is designed to attract the highest-quality researchers who will be able to take advantage of the world-class facilities and departments within STFC. These facilities include the ISIS neutron and muon source, the Diamond Light Source (DLS) and the Central Laser Facility (CLF); Particle Physics, RAL Space, Scientific Computing, Accelerator and Technology Departments, as well as the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC). Fellows can be based at any of STFC’s research sites: the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the Daresbury Laboratory, the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh or the Chilbolton Observatory.

Individual researchers can apply for a fellowship by outlining a programme of work they wish to perform within an STFC host department or Diamond. Fellowships will normally be 2 years long. Researchers must have a PhD or 4 years equivalent research experience, and must not have worked or lived in the UK for more than 12 months in the past 3 years (slightly different rules apply in order to encourage researchers returning from a career break – see the ‘How to apply’ page.

The first call for Fellowship proposals took place in 2015 and has resulted in 13 Fellows being appointed; the second call took place in 2016 when a further 12 Fellows were appointed. A list of the first and a list of the second fellows to be appointed and their projects can be found by following the links. The third call for proposals is now open, with closing date for application of 29 September 2017.

Fellowships are part-funded by the European Commission, with the host department needing to provide the remaining funding. It is therefore important the potential applicants discuss their proposed projects with the relevant STFC department in advance of applying.

If you would like to apply for a fellowship, please read carefully the eligibility criteria and follow the procedure set out on the How To Apply page. This page sets out in detail the steps required to apply for a Fellowship.

The process for review and selection of Fellows can be found on the Review and Selection page.

Details of the management of the programme and how to contact programme staff for further information can be found using the RIFP Management and Contacts link.

Useful links

Science and Technology Facilities Council Switchboard: 01793 442000