The Ernest Rutherford Fellowship 2022 applications are now open. Ernest Rutherford fellowships are intended for early career researchers who do not have a permanent academic position.
You are not eligible if you currently hold a permanent position or the equivalent in institutions other than universities.
Fellowships are open to applicants of any nationality. Where applicable, you will need to comply with Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) requirements and hold a work permit prior to taking up the fellowship. Work permits are a matter for direct negotiation between the institution, the DWP and the Home Office.
All successful applicants who require a visa to work in the UK will be eligible to be considered under the Global Talent visa route. The grant of any visa is always subject to the standard Home Office general grounds for refusal of a visa.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is able to provide additional guidance regarding the appropriate evidence required to complete the visa application process under the Global Talent visa.
Applications are welcome from candidates who intend to use the fellowship as a means of re-establishing themselves in the UK following a period overseas.
Applications are welcome from those seeking to resume a research career following a period of absence from active research of, normally, at least one year. The break may have been due, for example, to:
- long term illness, injury or disability
- family or caring responsibilities
- parental leave
- working in non-academic employment.
Years of experience
STFC no longer defines eligibility for Ernest Rutherford fellowships in terms of a minimum number of years of experience. Instead, applicants should read the competency framework (PDF, 98KB) to determine if you have the skills, knowledge and experience to apply for an Ernest Rutherford fellowship.
Full or part time
Fellowships can be held either on a full‐time or a part‐time basis by applicants wishing to combine their fellowship with caring responsibilities.
A part‐time award can be held at 50% or above of full‐time equivalent. A part‐time fellow may not hold another part‐time position in conjunction with the fellowship. The period of award for fellowships held on a part‐time basis will be extended on a pro rata basis.
How to apply
You should ensure you are aware of and comply with any internal institutional deadlines that may be in place.
Applying using Je-S
You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.
We recommend you start your application early. You can save completed details in Je-S at any time and return to continue your application later.
When applying, select ‘new document’ then:
- council: STFC
- document type: fellowship proposal
- scheme: Ernest Rutherford Fellowship
- call/type/mode: ERF 2022.
Once you have completed your application, make sure you ‘submit document’.
You can find advice on completing your application in the Je-S handbook.
Your host organisation will also be able to provide advice and guidance on completing your application. Applicants may submit only one application to STFC for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship per year.
STFC must receive your application by 13 September 2022 at 16:00.
You will not be able to apply after this time. Please leave enough time for your proposal to pass through your organisation’s Je-S submission route before this date.