Applications for the Norman Lockyer and RAS Research Fellowships
The RAS funds several schemes for promising young scientists to be employed as Research Fellows at UK universities. This page holds details for the Norman Lockyer and RAS Research Fellowships, which are similar in many respects. There is also a separate RAS-Daphne Jackson Fellowship scheme.
Not every fellowship is available every year. If more than one fellowship is available at the same time, it is possible to apply for them separately or several simultaneously. A call for applications is issued each time a vacancy arises, including the deadline for receipt of applications (see e.g. the 2015 Call for RAS Research Fellowships ).
Applicants may be of any nationality, however, employment will be through the host institution. The applicant is therefore asked to indicate their UK residency status so it can be confirmed that they will be able to work at the institution concerned.
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 authorised 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 Norman Lockyer Fellowship is awarded to enable an outstanding researcher to devote the majority of their time to research on an astronomical topic, including solar system and planetary science. They are named after Sir Norman Lockyer (1836-1920), pioneering solar astronomer and discoverer of helium.
The fellowship is available every three years, with applications sought in the years 2013, 2016, 2019 etc. for fellowships starting in the following year.
The fellowship is open to those who hold a doctorate from a recognized institution of higher education at the time of taking up the award. Applicants must normally be 30 years of age or younger on 1 October of the year of appointment. Exceptions to the age limit may be made only in cases of e.g. maternity leave, career breaks, serious illness etc. Please enquire before applying.
The pay scale will be calculated from the Grade 7 range of the Single Pay Spine of the UK’s HE Framework Agreement, taking into account age and incorporating annual increments. The final salary level will be confirmed by consultation between the host institute and the RAS.
See the Norman Lockyer Fellowship terms and conditions. Applications should include a CV, list of publications, research proposal, and a completed Norman Lockyer Fellowship application form (including signature from the host institution) - details are given on the form.
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.
The RAS has funded at least one RAS Research Fellowship each year since 2010. Applications are generally due each autumn for positions starting in the following year.
Applicants must either:
Exceptions to these limits may be made only in cases of e.g. maternity leave, career breaks, serious illness etc. Please enquire before applying.
The pay scale will be calculated from the Grade 7 range (spine point 29 to spine point 37) of the Single Pay Spine of the UK’s HE Framework Agreement, taking into account age and incorporating annual increments. The final salary level will be confirmed by consultation between the host institute and the RAS.
See the RAS Research Fellowships 2016 Terms and Conditions. Applications should include a CV, list of publications, research proposal, and a completed RAS Research Fellowships 2016 Application Form (including signature from the host institution) - details are given on the form.
Current and Past Norman Lockyer Fellows