Institute of Astronomy

Externally Funded Opportunities

The Institute of Astronomy welcomes enquiries from outstanding researchers seeking to join us as independant research fellows. We have significant experience hosting research fellowships, with fellowship holders typically going on to have successful long term academic research careers.

We are open to applications for a number of different fellowship schemes, including, but not limited to;

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships - Application deadline typically November

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowships - Application deadline typically February

Royal Society Newton International Fellowships - Application deadline typically March

Royal Society University Research Fellowships - Application deadline typically early September

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships - Application deadline typically September

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships - Application deadline typically September

Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowships - Application deadline typically October

Further details can be found in the opportunities listing below, and on the funders webpage. Open current opportunities will appear on our main vacancies webpage. Closed opportunities are moved to the page below. Fellowship calls generally open annually - closed adverts are left visible to give potential applicants an idea of timings and application processes. Some schemes stay open for extended periods of time - these will typically be listed below until around 2 months before the application deadline, at which point they would move to our main vacancies webpage.

In the first instance applicants should make contact with a member of the Institute’s Academic Staff who has related research interests to discuss the possibility of hosting the fellowship within the Institute. This contact should be made as soon as possible, and at least 1 month before the posted closing date. Please note, some schemes have additional internal selection procedures and may require earlier pre-applications - please read the opportunities listings thoroughly before applying.

Once a member of academic staff has agreed to support the application, potential applicants should also make sure to email the IoA Finance Manager David Savidge at an early stage indicating their intention to apply for a Fellowship and liaise with him over financial aspects as preparation of an application proceeds.

Page last updated: 10 October 2016 at 10:40

Open Externally Funded Opportunities

RAS Research Fellowships 2018

Published on 23/08/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See RAS notes
Starting Date: 
October 2018
Tenure: 
3 years

The Institute of Astronomy welcomes applications from individuals for the Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowship 2018 to be held at the Institute.

The RAS will award two RAS Research Fellowships in 2018, to begin on 1 October 2018 or within 6 months thereafter. Each fellowship provides post-doctoral funding for up to three years.

The RAS Research Fellowship is offered to outstanding candidates to enable them to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS i.e. astronomy, solar system science, geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between 1 October 2013 and 1 October 2018.

Requests for the Institute to act as a host should be accompanied by a completed application form, CV, research proposal, publication list and the name of a member of the Institute of Astronomy's Academic Staff with whom the applicant has research interests in common.

The RAS deadline is 20 October 2017 but materials should be sent to  fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk by 13 October 2017 at the very latest.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
13 October 2017

Closed Externally Funded Opportunities

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship

Published on 10/10/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Up to £32,600, see scheme notes for further details.
Starting Date: 
01/10/2017
Tenure: 
3 years

The Institute of Astronomy welcomes applications from individuals for the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship to be held at the Institute.

1851 Research Fellowships are intended to give early career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation; an ultimate objective is to contribute to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative national culture. Around eight awards are made each year. The awards are for a duration of up to three years, subject to annual review.

Application Deadline Date: 
16 January 2017

Royal Society - Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Published on 07/03/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Starting salary up to £39,708.70
Starting Date: 
01/10/2017
Tenure: 
5 years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship to be held within the Institute.

This fellowship scheme is aimed at outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career (have completed your PhD but have no more than 6 years of research experience post PhD by the closing date of the round) who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

Application Deadline Date: 
7 November 2016

Royal Society Newton International Fellowships

Published on 17/02/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See call documentation for details: £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs (Tax exempt)
Starting Date: 
Between 01 October 2017 and 31 March 2018
Tenure: 
2 Years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Newton International Fellowship to be held at the Institute. The Newton International Fellowship scheme will select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world, and offer support for two years at UK research institutions. The grants of £24,000 per annum (Tax Free) to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000.

See https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-international/ for further details.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
9 March 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications must be submitted by the applicant and approved by the host organisation by 23.59 GMT on the 22nd March 2017

Royal Society - University Research Fellowships

Published on 02/07/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Starting salary up to £40,030.34
Starting Date: 
01/10/2018
Tenure: 
Initially 5 years with a possible further extension of 3 years (see Royal Society for further details)

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite pre-applications from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) to be held within the Institute.

In the first instance, applicants should make contact with a member of the Institute's Academic Staff who has related research interests to discuss the possibility of submitting a request for Institute support.

Applicants must have an appropriate level of experience (between 3 and 8 years of post-Ph.D. research experience at the time of application), significant research recognition (via publications and citations) and be able to demonstrate evidence of independence/leadership potential.

Once applicants have engaged with a member of the Institute's Academic Staff, a pre-application may be made by submitting:

  •     cv

  •     publication list

  •     draft research proposal

  •     name and contact details of the proposed referee (personal reference)

  •     name of the IoA Staff member who has agreed to support the application.

Materials should be sent to fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk with attachments as a single .pdf format file.

Applicants should also request that their endorsing IoA academic staff member send a statement in support of their application to the same e-mail address by the same deadline.

The Institute's selection committee will begin reviewing applications in mid-August and those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. In order to be considered, applicants must send their pre-application materials to reach the Institute of Astronomy by midnight Monday 7th August at the latest.

Completed applications will have to be submitted on the Royal Society's Flexi-Grant system by 5pm Tuesday 29th August to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.

The final deadline for submission of applications to the Royal Society is 3pm Monday 4th September.

The deadline for Head of Department/Nominated Referee references/statements to be submitted online using the Royal Society's Flexi-Grant system is also 3pm Monday 4th September.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
7 August 2017

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Published on 11/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See call documentation for details
Starting Date: 
01/10/2018
Tenure: 
Up to 24 Months

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to be held within the Institute.

Eligibility information;

  • You must have a PhD (or at least 4 years research experience)

  • You must not have resided or worked in the UK for more than 12 months during the three years up to the submission deadline

Additionally, applicants are expected to have significant research recognition (via publications and citations) and be able to demonstrate evidence of independence/leadership potential.

Full details of eligibility and call documentation can be found on the European Commission website

In the first instance applicants should make contact with a member of the Institute’s Academic Staff who has related research interests to discuss the possibility of hosting the fellowship within the Institute.

Completed applications will have to be submitted through the European Commission’s EPSS system by 4pm GMT Thursday 14th September 2017, but we would expect interested applicants to contact a member of our academic staff as soon as possible, and at the very latest by 5pm GMT Thursday 24th August 2017.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
24 August 2017

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

Published on 09/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£39,324 to £49,772
Starting Date: 
01/10/2018
Tenure: 
Up to 5 years

The Institute of Astronomy will offer to support a small number or quota of applications for the STFC Rutherford Fellowship scheme. Potential applicants should first contact a member of the Institute's Academic Staff to discuss the possibility of submitting a pre-application to the Institute's selection committee which will review requests.

The Rutherford Fellowships are highly competitive and suitable candidates will normally: i) currently hold a prize fellowship or, be employed on their second or third postdoctoral position following completion of their Ph.D., ii) be able to demonstrate a highly successful research record, including an impressive publication list and associated recognition - evident via a strong citation record and iii) have shown evidence of leadership within their research field and/or major research collaborations/projects. STFC also encourages applications from candidates who are intending to return to research from a career break (normally of at least two years).

Once applicants have engaged with a member of the Institute's Academic Staff, a pre-application may be made by submitting:

  •     cv

  •     publication list

  •     draft research proposal

  •     name and contact details of the proposed referee (personal reference)

  •     name of the IoA Staff member who has agreed to support the application.

Materials should be sent to fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk with attachments as a single .pdf format file. STFC specify that documents must be submitted as pdf attachments in 11 point Arial font and have a minimum 2 cm margin.

Applicants should also request that their endorsing IoA academic staff member send a statement in support of their application to the same e-mail address by the same deadline.

The Institute's selection committee will begin reviewing applications from the middle of August and pre-applications must be received no later than midnight Monday 14th August 2017. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. All applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than Thursday 24th August 2017.

The STFC closing date for submission of applications is 4pm Thursday 21st September 2017. All materials will need to have been submitted to the STFC via the JES system by 5pm Thursday 14th September 2017 to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
14 August 2017