Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ernest Rutherford Research Fellowship for International Fellows in UK

Applications are invited for Ernest Rutherford Fellowship from early career researchers who do not have a permanent academic position. Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply for these fellowships.
The aim of the fellowship is to support future scie
ntific leaders to establish a strong, independent research program.
STFC Vision, developed in consultation with stakeholders, is to maximize the impact of our knowledge, skills, facilities and resources for the benefit of the United Kingdom and its people.”
Course Level: Fellowships are available to undertake research at any eligible UK research organization as set out in the STFC.
Study Subject: Applications must fall within the remit of the STFC core Science Programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics) and afford scope for original work.
Scholarship Award: Fellowship applications are costed on the basis of full economic costs (fEC). If a Fellowship is awarded, STFC will provide funding at 80% of the fEC requested. The host institution must agree to find the balance of fEC for the proposal from other resources. Universities and other higher education organizations use the Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) methodology to calculate fEC. For non?university organizations, Research Councils require a validation process to ensure that their costing methodologies are robust. Standard default rates should be used where Research organizations have not developed their own rates.
  • Directly Incurred Costs: Costs that are explicitly identifiable as arising from the conduct of a project are charged as the cash value actually spent and are supported by an auditable record. Ernest Rutherford Fellowships provide funds to cover your salary, the costs of personal travel and some minor equipment costs. These should be requested under the Directly Incurred Costs heading. Returner applicants may also apply for funds for retraining and update their skills where this can be justified in the context of the proposed research project.
  • Salary: You are advised to discuss and agree your starting salary with your proposed host institution before your application is submitted. The agreed salary should be in accordance with the institution’s standard recruitment and employment practices. The appointment level on the institution’s salary scale should be justified in the application. The salary costs requested should include employer’s national insurance and superannuation contributions. Salary increments over the period of the Fellowship should be taken into account, but not anticipated future pay awards. STFC will award funds on the basis of the agreed salary scales at the time of the announcement, with provision for future years increases on the basis of standard RCUK indexation rates. Once announced the grant will not normally be increased to take account of different indexation rates.
  • Travel: Personal travel is taken to include necessary collaborative visits and fieldwork, and attendance at one conference workshop or symposium during each year of the Fellowship, but excluding fieldwork and visits which form part of the work of a research group with which you may be associated. If you are associated with an STFC research grant you must ensure that any travel connected with the research project for which the grant was given is claimed from that source. You should estimate in your application all personal travel and subsistence funds required during the lifetime of the Fellowship. Travel and subsistence costs are expected to be around £2k per annum. If there are exceptional circumstances for applying for additional funding in excess of the guidance levels justification will need to be made in your Case for Support.
  • Other Costs: Applicants may request minor equipment and consumables up to a total of £5k for the duration of the fellowship under Directly Incurred other costs. At the end of the Fellowship, any resources purchased will belong to the Institution. If there are exceptional reasons for applying for more than the guideline level then justification of these costs should be included in your Case for Support.
  • Relocation and Visas: Applicants moving to the UK from overseas to take up an award may request relocation and visa costs. These costs should be applied for under the Directly Incurred “Other Costs” heading on the proforma. STFC will award a maximum of £1.2k if moving from within Europe or £3k if moving from outside of Europe.
  • Publication Costs: STFC will no longer provide funding in research grants for any publication costs associated with peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. Publication costs associated with research outputs other than journal articles and conference papers, such as books, monographs, critical editions, catalogs etc. may, however, continue to be included in grants as a Directly Incurred Other Cost. Any request for such costs will, of course, need to be fully justified in the case for support/justification of resources.
  • Directly Allocated Costs: Estates costs include building and premises costs, basic services and utilities and appear under the Directly Allocated Costs heading. Estates costs are calculated by the research organization and a single figure will appear on the application.
  • Indirect Costs: Indirect costs include the costs of administration, such as personnel, finance, library and some departmental services. Like estate costs, indirect costs will be calculated by the research organization and a single figure will be entered on the application.
Scholarship can be taken in the UK
Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for this fellowship:
  • 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 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 must have a Ph.D. and a minimum of five years’ research experience from the start of the postgraduate program leading to the award of a Ph.D. and 1 September 2017 with, normally, a minimum of two years’ postdoctoral experience.
  • 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.
  • Information for Non-European Economic Area Applicants – All successful applicants who require a visa to work in the UK will be eligible to be considered under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route.
  • In line with the highly prestigious nature of the award, this visa route is designed for people who are internationally recognized 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. RCUK is able to provide additional guidance regarding the appropriate evidence required to complete the visa application process under the Exceptional Talent visa.
  • Applications are welcome from candidates who intend to use the Fellowship as a means of re? establishing themselves in the United Kingdom following a period overseas.
Nationality: Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply for these fellowships.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a Ph.D. and a minimum of five years’ research experience from the start of the postgraduate program leading to the award of a Ph.D. and 1 September 2017 with, normally, a minimum of two years’ postdoctoral experience.
Test Requirement: No
English Language Requirement: The candidate should have a very good command over the English language.
How to Apply: Applications for Ernest Rutherford Fellowships are submitted through the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (Je?S) system. If you have not used the Je?S system to submit an application before, please ensure, well in advance of the closing date, that you have set up an account. Guidance for completion of the application is provided through the Je?S help text, available from the Je?S system front page, and context sensitive help throughout the system. You are advised to contact your host organization’s Research Administration as soon as possible as departments may have their own deadlines for candidate selection which may be several weeks before the closing date. They will advise you about costing your proposal and internal procedures relating to submitting a research proposal through Je?S. Your Fellowship application must be costed and submitted by the host organization. Applicants may submit only one application to one institution.
Application Deadline: Fellowship application deadline is 22 September 2016.
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