Fellowships at the IfA
The IfA encourages applications to post-doctoral research fellowship schemes to be hosted here.
Short-duration early-career fellowships
- Marie Curie Fellowships (next call July 2021, deadline expected October 2021)
- 1851 Fellowships (next call October 2021)
- Newton International Fellowships for non-UK scientists (next call January 2022, deadline June 2022)
- Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships for interdisciplinary proposals, (expected deadline February 2022)
- Royal Astronomical Society and Norman Lockyer Fellowships (next deadline Autumn 2021)
Longer senior postdoctoral fellowships and grants, typically for researchers more than ~4 years out of their PhD
- Royal Society University Research Fellowships (opening 13 July 2021, deadline 7th Sept 2021)
- STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships (expected to open July 2021 with a deadline mid-Sept 2021)
- UKRI Hawking Fellowships (expected to open September 2021 with a deadline Nov 2021)
- UKRI Future Leader Fellowships (this scheme is currently closed)
- Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships for researchers who require a flexible working pattern (call opens 8 September, closes 10 November 2021)
How to apply
People interested in applying for any fellowship to be hosted at IfA should, in the first instance (and as early as possible), contact a relevant member of academic staff who would be prepared to sponsor any application.
In order to be considered for the RSURF, ERF or FLF senior fellowships listed above, the applicant must then submit a general proposal to the School of Physics and Astronomy Fellowship Panel (see this page for details) by 15th July 2021 for fellowships with Autumn deadlines. The fellowship panel selects candidates for fellowships where there is a quota per Institute (e.g Rutherford and FLF), and ensures that candidates are sufficiently experienced to apply for the RSURF fellowship. We announce our Rutherford candidate selection by mid-August.
Once approved (by the fellowship panel for senior postdoctoral fellowships, or by your sponsor in the case of early-career fellowships), the School's grants team will then provide support and advice on internal deadlines. You should contact the grants team at least 14 working days in advance of the formal fellowship deadline. Typically, internal deadlines require submission of an advanced draft for internal review/feedback 10 working days before the deadline. Where the proposal submission needs to go through the central University, the final proposal will typically need to be submitted 5 working days in advance of the deadline.