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Returner Fellowships

Returner Fellowships are additional fellowships that can be awarded to outstanding candidates returning from a career break or from working outside academic research.

Key Facts

Applications are welcome from those seeking to resume a research career, following a period of absence from active research of, normally, at least one year. The break may have been due, for example, to long term illness, family or caring responsibilities or working in non-academic employment. The period of absence from research will be calculated from the start of the break until 1 September 2020.

If the break has been less than one year and you do not have the right to return to your previous employer (e.g. due to maternity combined with fix term contract) you may still be eligible to apply. Please consult with the Fellowship Office to determine eligibility. The Returner Fellowships may be held for a minimum of one year up to a maximum of 5 years, subject to peer review.

Return applicants will be judged on their track record prior to the break from research.

Once an applicant has submitted their proposal, they may engage in paid research opportunities between applying and assessment of their application.

How to Apply

Closing date for applications - 16:00hrs Thursday 26 September 2019.

To apply for a Returner Fellowship, please go to our Ernest Rutherford Fellowship web page.


Fellowships and general enquiries

Tel: +44 (0)1793 413 195

Email Fellowships team

Last updated: 16 July 2019


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