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Fellowship opportunities

The School of Physics and Astronomy seeks to support fellowship applications from outstanding individuals who are at a career stage where a prestigious independent fellowship will offer the opportunity to develop an independent research profile and enable them to become a research leader of the future.

The School offers a supportive and collaborative environment on which to build an independent career with a strong tradition of nurturing and promoting independent research fellows. Many current academics of the School have joined through advanced fellowships.

To express an interest in any of the schemes listed below, contact both Professor Ian Bonnell (Head of School, iab1@st-andrews.ac.uk) and Professor Peter Wahl (Director of Research, gpw2@st-andrews.ac.uk) and include a CV and a separate outline of your proposed research (two pages).

When assessing your expression of interest for support, the School considers:

  • your track record
  • the research that you propose to carry out and how it is embedded in the School and fits with our School strategy
  • your career stage, experience and why you would benefit from this fellowship at this stage in your career.
  • The fit of your proposal and CV to the fellowship scheme you intend to apply to.

The School of Physics and Astronomy holds Juno Championship and Athena Swan Silver Awards and encourages expressions of interest from highly motivated candidates of any self-identifying group or background.

Fellowship schemes

The School is looking to support exceptional candidates in the schemes listed below. Note that most of these have annual deadlines, dates are indicative:

Postdoctoral fellowships (2-5 years, funding only the position of the fellow):

Advanced fellowships (5 years and more, funding the position of the fellow):

  • Ernest Rutherford Fellowships – deadline typically in September, with internal demand management (only a limited number of applications is allowed per University) – expression of interest deadline by 15 July each year. Research must be in the remit of STFC. Funds the position of the fellow.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowships – five-year fellowships for early career researchers up to four years after their PhD. Deadline typically in September. Applications are subject to demand management, deadline for expression of interest by 15 July each year. Award budget capped at £500k.
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowships – for applicants between 3-8 years after their PhD, submission deadline expected early September 2020. Funds position of the fellow, consumables, and allows to bid for add-on funding.
  • Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships – offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health-related reasons. Funds position of the fellow, consumables, and allows to bid for add-on funding.

Advanced fellowships (5 years and more, funding the position of the fellow and a research group):

  • UKRI (EPSRC) Open Fellowships – there are rolling deadlines for this scheme, please check EPSRC’s webpage for the one applicable for the area of your intended application. Expressions of interest are welcome at any time. Typical funding level up to £1.3M to fund the position of the fellow, of PDRAs, consumables and equipment at 50%.
  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships – these fellowships provide funding for up to seven years, with a clear path to a permanent position. Applications for these fellowships are subject to demand management at the University level – so please enquire about six months before the published deadlines about applications for these. Typical funding level up to £1.3M. Funds the fellow, PDRAs, consumables and equipment at 50%.
  • ERC Starting Grants  – prestigious five year awards which provide funding for the fellow and a research group (award up to 1.5M€, up to 2M€ including equipment; can fund the Principal Investigator, PDRAs and PhD students as well as consumables).

For European schemes (Marie-Curie fellowships and ERC grants) please check eligibility for future rounds before considering applying.