Current Vacancies at DAMTP
- Research Council, Royal Society, EU and other external Research Fellowships
- Other sources of information
See www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/vacancy/crightonfellowship.html for more information.
Up to four David Crighton Fellowships are available to research students and postdoctoral Fellows in fluid mechanics, acoustics, waves and vibration to undertake a visit for two to three months' study and research either in Cambridge, if they are currently based outside Cambridge, or elsewhere, if they are currently based in Cambridge. The award is to be used to cover actual travel and subsistence expenses; the maximum amount of any one award is currently £3,600.
Closing date for applications: This year's scheme has now closed; information on next year's round will be advertised here as soon as it becomes available.
The Research Councils, Royal Society, EU and other organisations have several competitive Fellowship schemes to support talented researchers for periods of two to five years, or sometimes more. DAMTP has hosted many holders of such Fellowships in the past, most of whom have moved on to very successful longer term academic/research careers. Enquiries are welcomed from those considering applying for such Fellowships with DAMTP as host institution. A first step is to make contact with a relevant member of the DAMTP academic staff (see our Research pages for more information) or else to email the Head of Department (Professor P. H. Haynes, email: P.H.Haynes@damtp.cam.ac.uk) giving brief details of research area and intended application.
Initial discussion with a relevant member of DAMTP academic staff should begin as soon as possible and certainly at least one month prior to the closing date (in some cases earlier). Potential applicants should also email the DAMTP Accountant (Mr J. M. Turner, email: email@example.com) at an early stage indicating their intention to apply for a Fellowship and liaise with him over financial aspects as preparation of an application proceeds. For any Fellowship Scheme the completed application must be ready for submission at least 10 days prior to the official closing date. Arrangements for specific Schemes may require earlier preliminary discussion and earlier submission of completed applications.
The following Fellowship schemes are advertised annually (closing dates are usually in the August - November period) but you may find relevant information at the links below. Please refer back to this page on a regular basis for updates on funding opportunities.
See http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/university-research/ for more information.
The scheme provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.
Initially funding is provided for five years. It may then be followed by an extension of three years or, in exceptional circumstances, up to a maximum of 10 years. The University Research Fellowship provides researchers with maximum flexibility and can be held part-time, and allows sabbaticals, secondments or international experience.
Application procedure: Applicants should apply for this grant via the Royal Society electronic submission system e-GAP (details at https://e-gap.royalsociety.org/).
Contact: The Royal Society at http://royalsociety.org/grants/contact-us/ for more information.
Application Closing Date: This year's scheme has now closed; information on next year's round will be advertised here as soon as it becomes available.
See http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/dorothy-hodgkin/ for more information.
This scheme is for excellent scientists in the UK at an early stage of their career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply. About 5 Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships are offered each year.
Closing date: This year's scheme has now closed; information on next year's round will be advertised here as soon as it becomes available.
See http://www.newtonfellowships.org/ for more information. Detailed notes of the scheme can be found at: http://www.newtonfellowships.org/media/228/nif%202013%20scheme%20notes.pdf.
The Scheme has been established to select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at UK research institutions for two years. Fellowships include £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. Funding, worth £6,000 per year for ten years after the Fellowship ends, may be available to support follow-on activities to enable Newton Fellows to build long-term links with the UK.
Applicants should have completed a PhD and have held no more than two postdoctoral positions or equivalent experience at a comparable level. Applicants should also be working outside the UK and should not hold UK citizenship at the time of application.
Closing date: 10 April 2013.
In 2011 EPSRC introduced a new unified Fellowship scheme covering all career stages. Previous schemes such a 'postdoctoral', 'career acceleration' and 'leadership' no longer exist as individual schemes. Applications for Fellowships under the new scheme are accepted throughout the year, but applications are accepted only in certain priority subject areas.
See http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/open/Pages/fellowships.aspx for more details.
Independent Research Fellowships
From 2012 NERC have replaced their 'Postdoctoral Research Fellowships' and Advanced Research Fellowships' with a single 'Independent Research Fellowship' scheme. This scheme offers 5 years of support. Applicants must have no more than 8 years postdoctoral research experience prior to the closing date and must have received a PhD before taking up a Fellowship. For more details see: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/
The 2012 closing date is 1 November 2012.
STFC (formerly PPARC)
In 2011 STFC have introduced a single Fellowship scheme, the Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. These are broadly equivalent to the old 'Advanced Fellowships'. There is no longer a 'Postdoctoral Fellowship' scheme to follow immediately after a PhD.
The Ernest Rutherford Fellowship scheme will enable early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. This will encourage talented researchers in UK universities to remain in the country and at the same time attract outstanding overseas researchers to the UK.
See www.stfc.ac.uk/Funding+and+Grants/509.aspx for further details.
Eligibility: Applicants must have 5 years research experience from the start of their PhD programme, with normally a minimum of 2 years postdoctoral experience by 1 September 2013. Applications must fall within the remit of the STFC core Science Programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics).
Funding: Each Fellowship will last for five years, with 12 being offered annually. Fellows will receive support for their salary and be able to bid for significant additional funds to support their research.
Application procedure: Only 4 applications will be allowed with DAMTP as host Department and DAMTP therefore needs to operate a selection procedure for potential applicants. Intending applicants who wish their Fellowship to be hosted in DAMTP must have discussed with a member of DAMTP academic staff, who will act as their 'sponsor' if their application is successful.
Applicants, after discussion with their sponsor, should by Wednesday 29 August 2012 send a brief CV, plus 1-page outline summary of their proposed project, including reasons why Cambridge is an appropriate host institution, to firstname.lastname@example.org under the subject line 'STFC Fellowship outline application'. The sponsor's name should be given in the accompanying email.
Those applicants who have been selected to submit full applications will be notified in early September.
Closing date for applications: The DAMTP deadline for receipt of outline applications is Wednesday 29 August 2012. The STFC deadline for receipt of full applications is Thursday 27 September 2012.
The EU offers several types of individual fellowships. Two of the most common are:
Who can apply?
Researchers based in EU Member States or Associated Countries can apply for an IEF. You must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years' full-time research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate. Generally, you must carry out the project on the premises of a host organisation in an EU or Associated Country other than your own. Special consideration is also given to those returning to a research career after a break.
Who can apply?
Researchers moving from Third Countries to EU Member States or Associated Countried are eligible for an IIF. To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years' full-time research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate. But that is the minimum - the more experience you have, the better will be your chances of being accepted for this action.
Your application for an IIF should be made in liaison with the organisation or institution that would be willing to host you in Europe. Host organisations can be universities, research centres or companies.
DAMTP welcomes enquiries from potential applicants under those two schemes. Normally there is one round of applications a year, around August.
See also http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/ for further details.
Please note that the deadline for submitting completed applications to DAMTP is at least 10 days prior to the official closing date. Initial discussion with a relevant member of DAMTP academic staff should begin as soon as possible and certainly at least one month prior to the closing date.
Other sources of information
Also, you might find vacancies of interest in:
- Department of Pure Mathematics & Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS)
- Statistical Laboratory
- Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP)
- PhD Studentships
- The Cambridge Computational Biology Institute (CCBI)
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