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 some of the most popular individual fellowships are given below. If you're particularly interested in applying for a fellowship not listed here, please contact us well in advance of the deadline (before or as soon as the call opens, ideally) as some schemes require a department- or university-wide approval procedure which will need to be followed before we can put you forward.

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (ERF)

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 2025, please see the Ernest Rutherford fellowship information on the UKRI funding finder service for more information on the scheme and the application process and deadlines. We will select the applicants to support within our STFC-imposed quota by an internal evaluation process -- to be considered for this 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 your Expression of Interest (EOI) Statement proforma. Please submit your completed EOI form and your CV to the Director of CAR (Prof. Kristen Coppin) by our internal deadline this year of 8 July 2024 (4pm BST) to be given full consideration. The published STFC closing date for the ERF is 1 October 2024.

Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF)

Full details of all The 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).  If eligible and interested, please express interest in applying for this scheme as early as possible (scheme opens on July 11), and by 17 July 2024 at the latest for the 2025 intake by contacting the Director of CAR in the first instance, as you will need support from the University of Hertfordshire Research Office for costing up and submitting your application by the published deadline of 10 September 2024. No quota is applied by the Royal Society for this fellowship opportunity.

Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF)

Round 9 of the UKRI FLF scheme has been recently pre-announced, and again is aimed at early career researchers and innovators who are looking to establish or transition to independence across UKRI’s remit (which includes STFC astronomy). There is no minimum or maximum award value and your project can last for up to four years, with the option to apply to renew for a further three years. We recommend reading further details, including the full UKRI-published eligibility and scheme guidance notes before getting in touch.  Interested candidates can receive further information about the scheme and discuss their potential candidacy and proposed research projects in a 30-minute meeting with the UH Research Grants Team at a date/time of their convenience between 08/02/2024 and 07/03/2024 – please email UHResearch "at" herts.ac.uk to book a meeting. If you wish to be considered towards our University's quota (2 applications) for Round 9 we would be delighted to hear from you - please contact our School's Associate Dean of Research (ADR), Prof. Pandelis Kourtessis, as soon as possible to discuss your suitability for the scheme and support in principle - and the UH Research Office and/or the Director of CAR to obtain the EOI form (incl a Resume for Research and Innovation CV) that you must submit to the ADR above by noon on March 8th 2024 to be eligible for our University-wide internal application sift. The outcome of the sift will be available on 28/03/2024, with full applications from our University quota-selected candidates due 18th of June 2024 (funder deadline).

Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowship

Applications for this RAS Research Fellowship scheme will be sought every three years, in 2024 and 2027. The purpose of these fellowships is to enable outstanding candidates to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS ie astronomy, solar system science, geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences. The Normal Lockyer Fellowship is similar to the RAS fellowship and applications will be next sought in 2025, and 2028.  Thus in 2024, the RAS fellowship will be available (for a fellowship starting October 2025), with applications normally due mid-October - so please get in touch with us well in advance of the deadline (~early September) to discuss support your application.

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 14 September 2024 (scheme opens 3 September) to discuss applications for these fellowships. The deadline for this fellowship application this round is 29 October 2024.

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.

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.