Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowship for International Fellows in UK 2018-19

Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowship for International Fellows in UK , and applications are submitted till 4:00 pm Thursday 21 September 2017. Applications are invited for Ernest Rutherford Fellowship from early career researchers who do not have a permanent academic position. Each Fellowship will last for five years, with up to 12 being offered annually. Fellowships may be held at any eligible UK research organisation as set out in the STFC. Fellowship applications are costed on the basis of full economic costs (fEC). Applicants are advised to contact their proposed host department as early as possible and certainly well ahead of the deadline for submission of applications. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): | UK

Level: Fellowships

Field(s): Applications must fall within the remit of the STFC core Science Programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics) and afford scope for original word

Deadline: 21 September 2017 4:00 pm Thursday  

Funded By: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowship is targeted for applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply for these fellowships.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

 Award No:  STFC offers 12 2016 Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowship annually.

 Scholarship Tenure :  Fellowships are awarded for a period of 5 years.

‣ Scholarship covers:  Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowship applications are costed on the basis of full economic costs (fEC). If a Fellowship is awarded, STFC will provide funding at 80% of the fEC requested. The host institution must agree to find the balance of fEC for the proposal from other resources. Funding includes:

  • Directly Incurred Costs: Ernest Rutherford Fellowships provide funds to cover your salary, the costs of personal travel and some minor equipment costs. These should be requested under the Directly Incurred Costs heading. Returner applicants may also apply for funds for retraining and updating their skills where this can be justified in the context of the proposed research project.
  • Salary: STFC will award funds on the basis of the agreed salary scales at the time of announcement, with provision for future years increase on the basis of standard RCUK indexation rates. Once announced the grant will not normally be increased to take account of different indexation rates.
  • Travel: If you are associated with an STFC research grant you must ensure that any travel connected with the research project for which the grant was given is claimed from that source. You should estimate in your application all personal travel and subsistence funds required during the lifetime of the Fellowship. Travel and subsistence costs are expected to be around £2.0k per annum.
  • Other Costs: Applicants may request minor equipment and consumables up to £5k under Directly Incurred other costs. At the end of the Fellowship any resources purchased will belong to the Institution.
  • Relocation and Visas: STFC will award a maximum of £1.2k if moving from within Europe or £3k if moving from outside of Europe.
  • Publication Costs: STFC will no longer provide funding in research grants for any publication costs associated with peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. Publication costs associated with research outputs other than journal articles and conference papers, such as books, monographs, critical editions, catalogues etc. may, however, continue to be included in grants as a Directly Incurred Other Cost. Any request for such costs will of course need to be fully justified in the case for support/justification of resources.
  • Directly Allocated Costs: Estates costs include building and premises costs, basic services and utilities and appear under the Directly Allocated Costs heading. Estates costs are calculated by the research organisation and a single figure will appear on the application.
  • Indirect Costs: Indirect costs include the costs of administration, such as personnel, finance, library and some departmental services. Like estate costs, indirect costs will be calculated by the research organisation and a single figure will be entered on the application.


The Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowship 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.

An analysis of Fellows who have completed their Fellowship since 2006, disclosed all Fellows were employed and held permanent jobs. Further details showing the key benefits of a Fellowship can be found in the analysis of questionnaires.


‣ Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowship is intended for early career researchers who do not have a permanent academic position. You are not eligible if you currently hold a permanent academic position or the equivalent in institutions other than universities. If you secure a permanent position prior to the offer of a Fellowship you will be ineligible to hold the Fellowship.

‣  Applicants must have a PhD and a minimum of five years’ research experience from the start of the postgraduate programme leading to the award of a PhD and 1 September 2015 with, normally, a minimum of two years’ postdoctoral experience.

‣  Fellowships are open to applicants of any nationality. Where applicable, you will need to comply with Department of Employment requirements and hold a work permit prior to taking up the Fellowship. Work permits are a matter for direct negotiation between the institution, the Department of Employment and the Home Office.

‣  Applications are welcome from candidates who intend to use the Fellowship as a means of re? establishing themselves in the United Kingdom following a period overseas.

Selection Criteria for Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowship

In considering your Fellowship application, the Fellowship Panel will use the following criteria:

‣  the excellence of the applicant, including the volume and significance of research outputs, their standing in their field and ability to communicate their science effectively;

‣  the timeliness and quality of the research proposal;

‣  the potential of the individual, including the capability to fulfill the wider responsibilities of an academic career (teaching, service on committees, public engagement etc) and evidence of leadership ability;

‣  the appropriateness of the group with whom the individual intends to work;

alignment with STFC strategic priorities.

‣  Ranking of applications will normally be strictly in order of merit as judged against the assessment criteria. However, in exceptional circumstances the Panel may take account of other factors. If you are not a returner applicant but your application has been affected by an earlier career break or other extenuating circumstances please indicate this so that it can be taken into account in the assessment of your application.

Notification for 2017 Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowship

‣ Decisions on who to invite for interview will be made mid/late January 2018.

Interviews will be held mid February 2018.

Scholarship Application Method 

2017 Guidance notes will be available in June 2017

Departments will be informed in June of their fellowship application limits for the 2017 round.

You are advised to contact your proposed host department as early as possible and certainly well ahead of the deadline for submission of applications. Departments may have internal processes to select which candidates to support and the timetables for these vary.

Applications are encouraged from those seeking to resume a research career, following a period of absence from active research. Details can be found on our Returner Fellowships web page.

To apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship you are strongly advised to read the guidance notes. These contain the rules and regulations for the scheme and advise on completing the online application form in Je-S.

‣ Applications for Ernest Rutherford Fellowships are submitted through the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (JeS) system. If you have not used the Je‐S system to submit an application before, please ensure, well in advance of the closing date, that you have set up an account. Guidance for completion of the application is provided through the Je‐S help text, available from the Je‐S system front page, and context sensitive help throughout the system.

‣ You are advised to contact your host organisation’s Research Administration as soon as possible as departments may have their own deadlines for candidate selection which may be several weeks before the closing date. They will advise you about costing your proposal and internal procedures relating to submitting a research proposal through Je‐S. Your Fellowship application must be costed and submitted by the host organisation.

‣ Applicants may submit only one application to one institution. The page limits outlined below will be strictly enforced by STFC. If any of the supporting documents exceed the specified limits, only the pages within the limits will be considered. The documents must be submitted as pdf attachments and written as per STFC Requirements.

‣ Together with your application proforma, you will need to include the following mandatory pdf attachments: 

  • Curriculum vitae of a maximum of two sides of A4 using our template. Applicants who complete the section on Career Breaks may extend this limit of two sides of A4 to accommodate the additional information. Applicants should include any periods of part-time working, maternity, paternity or adoption leave, parental leave, disability, ill-health, childcare or other caring responsibilities. 
  • List of publications by year and should not include presentations. 
  • Letter of support (personal reference) from your nominated reviewer who must not be from the host institution, of a maximum length of two sides of A4. This must be uploaded at the submitter stage and will be confidential i.e. not visible to the applicant. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their nominated reviewer knows who to supply their reference to (at their host institution) in order that it can be uploaded and submitted with the proposal. 
  • Case for Support for Fellowship, of a maximum length of three sides of A4 including diagrams and illustrations. See below for further guidance. 
  • Up to two hundred words on Public Engagement This should outline any activities already undertaken and give the plans you have for communicating information about your research to the wider public by means, for example of press releases, work with local media, participation in public events, links with MPs or elected members of devolved 5

‣ Scholarship Applications Due Date : The application deadline is 4:00 pm Thursday 21 September 2017

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

 It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more Information about  2017 Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowship


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