Institute of Astronomy

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

Published on 03/07/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
£42,149 to £53,348
Starting Date: 
1st October 2023
Up to five years

The Institute of Astronomy will offer to support up to three applications (our quota) for the STFC Ernest 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 encourage application from those seeking to resume their research career, after career breaks of normally at least one year.

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 with attachments as a single .pdf format file. STFC specify that documents must be submitted as pdf attachments in 11 point Arial (or equivalent regular sans serif) 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 early August and pre-applications must be received no later than 22nd July. All applicants will be informed of the outcome during the week commencing 25th July.

Successful pre-application candidates will be provided with support and advice to improve their application before submission to STFC. If selected for interview, the Institute of Astronomy will arrange mock interviews to further support our candidates and maximise their chances of success.

As per STFC guidelines, candidates will not be put under any pressure to accept an offer to be hosted before the 19th August. This is to ensure candidates who submit pre-applications to multiple host organisations are given time to make an informed decision regarding which one to proceed with.

The STFC closing date for submission of applications is 4pm 13th September. All materials will need to be submitted to the STFC via the JES system by 5pm 6th September to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.


Application Deadline Date: 
22 July 2022
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