The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) funds several schemes for promising young scientists to be employed as Research Fellows at UK universities. Applicants from around the world are eligible to apply for these fellowships.
The purpose of the RAS Research Fellowships is to enable outstanding candidates to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS i.e. astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences.
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The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science.
Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue research.
Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS i.e. astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences.
Award: The fellowships are awarded for a period of up to three years beginning on 1 October in the year of the award (or within 6 months thereafter).
The award is in the form of a grant to the institution at which the fellow is based. The RAS will fund only directly incurred costs, and not overheads (including bench fees or ‘full economic costs’). Applications must be certified by an authorized person at the host institution, confirming acceptance of this condition.
An additional £2,000 per annum may be claimed for costs incurred in attending meetings and conferences or for other items related to the research. The RAS will also meet the cost of Employers National Insurance contributions and make an additional payment, where appropriate, to a Fellow’s personal pension plan.
The award can be taken in the UK
Eligibility: Applicants must either:
- Hold a recognized Ph.D. degree or equivalent obtained after 1 October five years before the start of the fellowship (e.g. 1 October 2011 if applying in 2015 for a fellowship beginning in 2016), or
- have taken the Ph.D. viva voce examination by the application deadline and expect to be awarded the Ph.D. degree before the Fellowship start date.
Nationality: Applicants from around the world are eligible to apply for these fellowships.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have been awarded their Ph.D. between 1 October 2012 and 1 October 2017.
English language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.
How to Apply: Applications for both fellowships should include a CV, list of publications, research proposal, and a completed Fellowship application form including a signature from the host institution – details are given on the form.
Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 23:59 (BST), 21 October 2016.