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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.

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.

Statement of Expectations for Fellows

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has published its Statement of Expectations for Fellows, which sets out common principles for all Research Council-funded fellows.

Key facts

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.

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships years of Post-Doctoral experience - applicants

Call Post-Doctoral Experience Average
  0 to 3yrs 4 to 6yrs 7 to 9yrs 10yrs + per call
ERF 2011 20 6 44 16 6
ERF 2012 23 83 47 17 6
ERF 2013 9 76 51 14 6
ERF 2014 16 81 46 23 7
ERF 2015 15 72 51 21 7
ERF 2016 11 80 41 21 6.5
ERF 2017 16 75 45 27 6.5
ERF 2018 8 77 55 20 6.8
ERF 2019 17 68 64 23 6.7

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships years of Post Doc experience - awarded

Call Post-Doctoral Experience Average
  1 to 3yrs 4 to 6yrs 7 to 9yrs 10yrs + per call
ERF 2011 3 9 3 1 6
ERF 2012 2 4 6 2 6
ERF 2013 2 1 7 2 7
ERF 2014 2 7 1 2 6
ERF 2015 2 8 2 0 5
ERF 2016 0 6 5 2 7
ERF 2017 1 5 5 1 6
ERF 2018 0 6 5 0 6.2
ERF 2019 0 4 6 0 6.6

2021 Ernest Rutherford Fellowship opportunity

Find out more details and apply to the 2021 Ernest Rutherford Fellowship on the UKRI funding finder.

Contacts

Fellowships and general enquiries

Last updated: 09 July 2021

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