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

There are currently no open vacancies at the Institute of Astronomy.

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

RAS Research Fellowships and Norman Lockyer Fellowships 2017

Published on 07/09/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See RAS notes
Starting Date: 
October 2017
Tenure: 
3 years

The Institute of Astronomy welcomes applications from individuals for the Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowship and Norman Lockyer Fellowship 2017 to be held at the Institute.

Application Deadline Date: 
14 October 2016

Royal Society - University Research Fellowships

Published on 02/07/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Starting salary up to £39,389.64
Starting Date: 
01/10/2017
Tenure: 
Initially 5 years with a possible further extension of 3 years (see Royal Society for further details)

If you wish to apply for a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) to be held at the Institute of Astronomy, in the first instance, you 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.

Application Deadline Date: 
15 August 2016

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Published on 11/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See call documentation for details
Starting Date: 
01/10/2017
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

Application Deadline Date: 
24 August 2016

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

Published on 09/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£38,896 to £49,230
Starting Date: 
01/10/2017
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.

Application Deadline Date: 
15 August 2016