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.
Ernest Rutherford Fellowships are intended for early career researchers who do not have an academic position.
Applicants who have applied for the - UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships can also apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship but cannot hold two fellowships which fund their working time simultaneously.
Applicants who apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship in the 2021/22 round cannot apply for a Stephen Hawking Fellowship Round 2.
Each Fellowship will last for five years, with 10 being offered in the 2021/22 round. The aim is to support future scientific leaders to establish a strong, independent research programme.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has published its Statement of Expectations for Fellows, which sets out common principles for all Research Council-funded fellows.
An analysis of Fellows who have completed their Fellowship since 2009, disclosed all Fellows were employed and 92% held permanent jobs. Further details showing the key benefits of a Fellowship can be found in analysis of questionnaires.
STFC currently supports a number of Ernest Rutherford Fellows undertaking a range of research within STFC core science areas.
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Find out more details and apply to the 2021 Ernest Rutherford Fellowship on the UKRI funding finder.
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Last updated: 09 July 2021