Institute of Astronomy

RAS Research and Norman Lockyer Fellowships

Published on 07/09/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
See RAS notes
Starting Date: 
October 2023
3 years

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

Royal Astronomical Society offer two similar fellowships, the "Research Fellowship" and the "Norman Lockyer Fellowship". Each will be available once every three years. Applications for RAS Fellowships will be sought in the years 2021, 2024 and 2027 and for the Norman Lockyer Fellowship in 2022, 2025 and 2028 (for fellowships starting in the following year).

The purpose of the RAS Research Fellowships is to enable outstanding candidates 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.  

The RAS Norman Lockyer Fellowship is awarded to enable an outstanding researcher to devote the majority of their time to research on an astronomical topic, including solar system and planetary science. They are named after Sir Norman Lockyer (1836-1920), pioneering solar astronomer and discoverer of helium. 

The fellowships are awarded for a period of up to three years beginning on 1 October in the year of the award (or within 6 months thereafter). Applicants must have been awarded their PhD after 1 October 2018.

Requests for the Institute to act as a host should be accompanied by a CV, draft 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 (you should have contacted them beforehand to ensure that they are happy to support your application).

The RAS deadline is 15 October 2022 but materials should be be sent to by 7 October 2022 at the very latest.

We would then send applicants a completed RAS host institute approval form, which applicants would upload to the RAS's application system to complete their application.


Application Deadline Date: 
7 October 2022
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