STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships


The Science and Technology Facilities Council offer 11 Fellowships each year to early-career researchers in astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology and and nuclear physics. A quota system applies for each university and so the department runs an annual internal selection process for this scheme. It is therefore essential that you contact the research facilitation team fellowships(at) and a member of academic staff with a research area similar to your interests as soon as possible for further information and guidance.

Funding is available for 5 years including applicant's salary, and limited research expenses and travel funding. Applicants must not have a permanent academic position, or equivalent and should refer to STFC's competency profile to determine their eligibility. The scheme is open to applicants of any nationality and further guidance is available on the STFC website.

Applications are submitted via Je-S.

Deadlines and Timescales (2020)

The 2020 deadline has not yet been announced - we expect it to be in mid September. The process dates below are therefore estimates and will be updated, if necessary, when the call opens.
Potential candidates will be required to send a draft application consisting of the three page case for support, CV and list of publications (in the required STFC format) to the appropriate sub-department contact (see below) and fellowships(at) by the 15th July (noon). Candidates must also ask their nominated referee to email the contact directly in support of their application by the same deadline. This does not need to be a formally structured letter of support at this date, but should contain sufficient information for the internal selection panel to make their assessment.

Particle Physics: Daniella Bortoletto cc Sue Geddes
Theoretical Physics: John Wheater (Particle Theory) or John Magorrian (Theoretical Astrophysics and Plasma Physics), cc Michelle Bosher
Planetary Physics: Patrick Irwin and Philip Stier cc Lucy Li
Astrophysics: Rob Fender cc Leanne O'Donnell

  • 15th July (noon) - Applications to be submitted to internal panels.
  • 24th July - candidates will be notified if they have been selected to apply.
  • 28th July - Zoom training session
  • 4th August - costing requests and draft Justification of Resources to be sent to Research Facilitators.
  • 10th August - Je-S text sections to be completed and sent to Research Facilitators.
  • 17th August - Draft Case for Support to be sent to Academic Readers and Research Facilitators.
  • 4th Sept - Je-S to be submitted to Research Facilitators.
  • 11th Sept - Je-s to be submitted to Research Services.

Guidance and useful info

Once we know that you intend to apply, and have been selected as one of the department's allocated entries we will be able to send you our internal guidance documents.

Applicants must use STFC's CV template and are not permitted to alter its format in any way (except where you are including details of career breaks, in which case the length can be extended beyond the standard 2 pages. Otherwise please do not be tempted to add or delete sections.

The interview stage is an important part of the selection process so if you are invited for interview please notify the facilitation team and your local academic contacts as soon as possible so that mock interviews can be arranged in advance of the real interview.