Candidates must have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or equivalent, at the time of starting a Webb fellowship.
Webb 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 academic position or the equivalent in institutions other than universities.
If you secure a permanent position prior to the offer of a fellowship you will be ineligible to hold the fellowship.
Applicants should not be in receipt of duplicate funding for the same or similar proposal from more than one funding agency. Details of similar proposals that have been submitted to other funding agencies must be added in the ‘Other Support’ section of the STFC application and advise STFC if a successful funding decision is made by the other funding agency.
STFC does not define eligibility for Webb fellowships in terms of a minimum number of years of experience. Instead, applicants should read the competency profile to determine if you have the skills, knowledge and experience to apply for a Webb fellowship.
Fellowships are open to applicants of any nationality. Where applicable, you will need to comply with Department of Employment requirements and hold a work permit prior to taking up the fellowship. Work permits are a matter for direct negotiation between the institution, the Department of Employment and the Home Office.
In line with the highly prestigious nature of the award, this visa route is designed for people who are internationally recognised as world leaders or potential world-leading talent in the fields of science and the arts and enables the holder to be both adaptable and flexible during their research in the UK.
The grant of any visa is always subject to the standard Home Office general grounds for refusal of a visa. 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.
Fellowships may be held at any eligible UK research organisation as set out in the STFC research grants handbook.
Fellowships can be awarded to outstanding candidates returning from a career break or from working outside academic research.
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
- personal reasons
- working in non‐academic employment.