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. Martin Hardcastle, the Centre Director, to discuss options. More details for individual types of fellowship are below.

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship:

The deadline for these fellowships is likely to be in January 2021. We particularly welcome applications for this 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 in autumn 2020 to discuss applications for these fellowships.

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. 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 2020, 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 UH (Prof. Hardcastle 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 31st July 2020. The closing date for applications to STFC is expected to be at the end of September 2020.

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 with between 3 and 8 years' postdoctoral experience.  Please express interest in applying for this scheme by summer 2020 for the 2021 intake by contacting Prof. Hardcastle, as you will need support from UH for your application.  No quota is applied by the Royal Society.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

This scheme 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

These 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

Full details of the Leverhulme research fellowship can be found at the Leverhulme website.