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Fellowships supported by STFC

Webb Fellowship using the James Webb Space Telescope

Apply for a fellowship to:

  • do your own research programme using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
  • enhance community use of the JWST, and increase its impact.
Stephen Hawking Fellowships

The Stephen Hawking fellowships will support and develop the next generation of visionary scientists in theoretical physics at the beginning of their career. UKRI are providing funding for up to five annual calls delivered jointly by EPSRC and STFC.

Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

The Ernest Rutherford 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.

UKRI Future Leader Fellowships

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories.

Rutherford International Fellowship Programme

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.

Innovations Partnership Scheme Fellowships

The IPS Fellowship scheme is designed to support a knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) professional in a position at a UK university in developing innovation and impact from its STFC-funded research outputs. It is expected that the IPS fellow will cultivate innovation opportunities by facilitating the transfer of technologies, skills and knowledge, developed through funding from the STFC Science Programme, to industry and other users of research outputs. The fellow will focus on commercial exploitation to ensure UK economic impact and strive to enhance the capacity for knowledge exchange within STFC funded departments of the host university.

National Productivity Investment Fund Innovation Fellowships

The National Productivity Investment Fund Innovation Fellowships support excellent researchers to work on research projects which build programmes of innovation and translation from research within the STFC core programme remit.

RSE/STFC Enterprise Fellowships

The STFC, along with the RSE (Royal Society of Edinburgh), offer support for STFC funded scientists who want to develop a business idea based on STFC funded research. The fellowship gives one year's salary and business training, to the Enterprise Fellow - the aim being to give someone the time and skills to set up a viable business as a result of the STFC science programme.

Return to Research support bursary

The Return to Research Support Bursary is intended to provide support for those seeking to resume an academic research career to develop a proposal suitable for submission to the STFC Fellowship scheme. The period of absence from active research could be due, for example, to family or other caring responsibilities, long-term illness or working in a non-research role.

Daphne Jackson Fellowship

A Daphne Jackson Fellowship is designed to return scientists, engineers and technologists to their careers after a break. They are flexible and include a tailored training programme designed to update the skills and knowledge of the Fellow allowing them to return at the appropriate level to their career.

CERN Fellowships

CERN is constantly enhancing its phenomenal world renowned research effort by taking on a cohort of undergraduates, postgraduates and postdocs. CERN offers a number of different fellowship programmes to suit a differing levels of academia.

ESA Fellowships

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA Science and Robotic Exploration Programmes.

Last updated: 07 March 2019


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