Fellowship applications

Externally funded Fellowships

If you are interested in holding an externally-funded personal fellowship based in CAR, we will be pleased to hear from you. Either contact a CAR member of staff working in a research field related to your own, or contact Prof. Kristen Coppin, the Centre Director, to discuss options. More details (including any internal deadlines) for the most popular individual fellowships are given below.

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

We particularly welcome applications for the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship. Applicants "must be able to demonstrate a current need for flexible support due to personal circumstances at the time of application. This can include current parenting or caring responsibilities (such as raising children or looking after ageing or seriously ill family members), clinically diagnosed health issues or other personal circumstances that create a need for a flexible working pattern". Please contact us by 8 September 2021 (the call opening date) to discuss applications for these fellowships. The deadline for this fellowship is likely to be in November 2021.

Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship

These fellowships are aimed at scientists "who have had a career break of 2 or more years for family, caring or health reasons and wish to return to research". You do not have to be trained in astronomy; we can offer re-training for people with a background in another area of physical science. You can apply for a Daphne Jackson fellowship at any time. With STFC support, these fellowships usually provide two years of part-time work and one year of full-time support. Please contact us if interested.

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

A quota for applications for each UK university is applied by STFC. If you wish to apply to hold one of these hosted at the University of Hertfordshire starting in 2022, please see the STFC Website for more information on the scheme and the application process. We will select the applicants to support by an internal evaluation process -- to be considered you should identify a contact person at the University of Hertfordshire (the Director of CAR will be happy to advise) and work with them to prepare draft application materials (in particular the science case for support, but also the CV and publication list required by STFC) by our internal deadline of 16 July 2021. The closing date for applications to STFC is expected to be mid-September 2021.

Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF)

Full details of all Royal Society fellowship schemes can be found on their website; the URF is aimed at outstanding early-career researchers who are ready to lead their own independent research programme, with between 3 and 8 years' postdoctoral experience (career breaks are taken into consideration).  Please express interest in applying for this scheme by 1 August 2021 (at the latest) for the 2022 intake by contacting the Director of CAR, as you will need support from the University of Hertfordshire for your costing up and submitting your application by the published deadline of 7 September 2021.  No quota is applied by the Royal Society.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

Future Leaders Fellowships has regular calls for applicants and provides enough funding for postdoctoral support. Please contact us well in advance of the deadline as there is a university-wide approvals procedure before we can put you forward.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

Early Career Fellowships aimed at researchers 4 years or less from their PhD, require the University to provide half the fellow's salary. It is therefore very important that you contact us early to see whether the necessary funds can be found.

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships

Visit the Leverhulme Trust for full details of the research fellowship.