Institute of Astronomy

Stephen Hawking Fellowships

Published on 09/05/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
£32,816- £40,322
Starting Date: 
1st October 2021
4 years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite pre-applications from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Stephen Hawking Fellowship to be held at the Institute in an area that complements or enhances research being undertaken at the Institute.

The Stephen Hawking fellowships will support and develop the next generation of visionary scientists in theoretical physics (including cosmology and theoretical astrophysics) at the beginning of their career. UKRI are providing funding for five annual calls delivered jointly by EPSRC and STFC.

This scheme aims to support excellent researchers who will make significant contributions to the field of theoretical physics and continue to spark public interest in the field. Applicants must demonstrate within their application how the Stephen Hawking Prize Fellowship will support and enable their research agenda, develop their skills in public engagement and science communication, and clearly demonstrate that their skills and experience at the time of application match those outlined in the person specification.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • To fund new high quality research and support the development and training of early career researchers in the field of theoretical physics.
  • To train a cohort of researchers with the skills to continue a legacy of public engagement in the field of theoretical physics.

For further details please see:

The University as a whole is limited to a maximum of ten applications. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University's restricted calls procedure. In the first instance applications will be assessed by the Institute of Astronomy internal fellowship committee. The strongest applications from the department will then be put forward to the Univesity's centrally managed internal selection committee. Only when both internal stages have been passed will the applicant be permitted to submit an outline application to UKRI.

Before applying, applicants should review the Institute’s areas of research as well as the research interests of the Institute's Academic Staff, to consider how their proposed research would complement research currently being undertaken at the Institute.

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
  • University of Cambrige internal selection form (attached at the bottom of this page)
  • 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.

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 internal deadline.

The Institute's selection committee will begin reviewing applications in early September and pre-applications must be received no later than 31st August 2020. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application.

The UKRI deadline for outline proposals is 4pm 18th November. All materials will need to be submitted via the JES system by 9th November to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Office.

Application Deadline Date: 
31 August 2020
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