Ernest Rutherford fellowships - STFC

The Ernest Rutherford Fellowships enables early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. They encourage talented researchers in UK universities to remain in the country and at the same time attract outstanding overseas researchers to the UK.

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships are intended for early career researchers who do not have an academic position.

Applicants who have applied for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships can also apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship but cannot hold two fellowships which fund their working time simultaneously.

Applicants who apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship in the 2021/22 round cannot apply for a Stephen Hawking Fellowship Round 2.

Each Fellowship will last for five years, with 10 being offered in the 2021/22 round. The aim is to support future scientific leaders to establish a strong, independent research programme.

Ernest Rutherford Fellowship 2021

Find out more details and apply to the 2021 Ernest Rutherford Fellowship on the UKRI funding finder.

Previous fellowships

An analysis of Fellows who have completed their Fellowship since 2009, disclosed all Fellows were employed and 92% held permanent jobs. Further details showing the key benefits of a Fellowship can be found in analysis of questionnaires.

STFC currently supports a number of Ernest Rutherford Fellows undertaking a range of research within STFC core science areas.

Introductory Workshop for Ernest Rutherford Fellows

The introductory workshops are for all new Fellows and aim to:

  • enable Fellows to reflect on what to expect during their fellowships and introduce common issues
  • facilitate networking with peers and STFC contacts.


On 20 March 2019 STFC held its third Introductory Workshop for newly appointed Ernest Rutherford Fellows. Thank you to those who participated in the event.

To find out about our workshops visit the page in the UK Government Web Archive.

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Last updated: 15 November 2021

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