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How To Apply

There are no current calls open for RIFP Fellowships. This page will be updated when another call is being planned.

Huihui Sun (Queen Mary University of London) preparing for an experiment using Surf at ISIS.
(Credit: STFC)

If you would like to apply for a RIFP Fellowship, you should follow the steps below to make sure you are eligible to apply, to learn the benefits and conditions of the Fellowship, to understand how to create your project and to access the necessary forms and documents for submission.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please have a look at our FAQ page and, if you still have questions, follow the links on the RIFP Management and Contacts page to contact the scheme managers directly.

Step 1: Eligibility

Applicants must meet eligibility criteria as set out within the COFUND scheme by the European Commission. These conditions are designed to encourage the mobility of fellows between countries.

  • The applicant must, at the date of the application deadline (29 September 2017) be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years full-time equivalent research experience.
  • At the date of the application deadline (29 September 2017), the applicant must not have resided or carried out their main work activity (including studying) in the UK for more than 12 months in the past 3 years (not counting holidays or short stays).
  • For researchers returning from a career break, a slightly modified mobility criterion can be used, that at the date of the application deadline (29 September 2017) the applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 36 months in the 5 years immediately prior to the application deadline. To qualify as returning from a career break the applicant must not have been active in research for at least 12 months immediately prior to application deadline, as determined by fellowships or employment contracts in the research area.
  • Applicants cannot be permanent employees of STFC or Diamond.
  • Applications can be made by UK researchers who have spent no more than 12 months in the past 3 years working in the UK.

Step 2: Benefits and Conditions of a Fellowship

Applicants should consider the benefits to them of a fellowship and the conditions of a fellowship, to help decide whether to apply. Please read the Benefits and Conditions page to learn about these.

Step 3: Creating a Project

Thomas Croft and Christopher Lester (Bristol) during their WISH experiment at ISIS.
(Credit: STFC)

Applicants need to create a suitable project which could be performed within an STFC department or Diamond. Please see the List of Departments page which gives an overview of the research areas available under the programme and the location where research can be carried out (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Daresbury Laboratoy, UKATC in Edinburgh or Chilbolton Observatory). It is essential that you contact the department(s) you are interested prior to developing your project.

Projects should be described within no more than three pages, using the project description template.

Supervisor: The research project will be created by the applicant. Applicants will need to have discussed their proposed project with an STFC or Diamond staff member who is willing to act as a supervisor for the applicant during their Fellowship. A statement is required from the staff member to say that they are willing to supervise the Fellow (please use the template provided).

Ethical scrutiny: Projects will be subject to ethical scrutiny, and applicants will need to provide a completed ethical issues form with their application. Horizon 2020 has specific considerations regarding ethics which will govern the ethical scrutiny of projects. Specifically, projects must have an exclusive focus on civil applications; and projects aimed at human cloning for reproductive purposes, or those intended to modify the genetic heritage of human beings which could make such changes heritable, or those intended to create human embryos solely for the purpose of research or stem cell procurement, cannot be supported under Horizon 2020 rules.

Please download and complete the Ethical Issues Form and include this with your application. Detailed information provided by the EU on each area of the form can be found in the Guidelines file.

Applicants should refer to the Review and Selection page for details of the selection process and criteria.

Step 4: Your CV and Publications

You should submit a curriculum vitae (CV) with your application detailing your education, previous employment and other relevant experience. This should be no more than two sides in length. You should provide the names and affiliations of two referees within your CV.

You should submit a list of your academic publications (most recent firsts) – there is no length limit to this document.

Step 5: Assemble all the documents required

The full list of documents required for an application is given below.

Applications which are not submitted on the templates provided, do not adhere to the prescribed page limits, or are otherwise incomplete will be rejected. Applications from candidates deemed to not meet the eligibility criteria set out in Step 1 will also be rejected.

Please use a filename for each document which is composed of: FamilyName_FirstName_xxxx where xxxx identifies what the document is, as given below. Documents should be in Microsoft Word of PDF format.

Document Template (if required) Identifier for filename
Research project summary RIFPForm_Project project
Curriculum vitae n/a cv
Publication list n/a publications
Supervisor statement RIFPForm_Supervisor supervisor
Ethical issues form RIFPForm_Ethical ethical

Step 6: Final submission

Your completed application, consisting of the documents listed above, should be emailed by 23:00hrs UK time on 29 September 2017 to RIFP@stfc.ac.uk using the following subject line: FamilyName FirstName RIFP Application. You will receive an acknowledgement of your application within 3 working days – please contact the programme administrator if you do not receive this.

The full process for review and selection of applications is given on the Review and Selection page. This page also describes the appeal process which may be used by unsuccessful candidates.

Last updated: 24 August 2018


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