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Call for applications for RAS Research Fellowships 2013

Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 16:30
Published on Monday, 03 September 2012 15:46

RAS logo in blue and goldThe RAS will award two 'RAS Research Fellowships' in 2013.

Details of the fellowships are provided in the pdfterms and conditions, and instructions on how to apply are on the docapplication form. The deadline for applications is 9am, 19th October 2012.

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.

  • Applicants, of any nationality, must be 'ordinarily resident' in the UK and either:
    • Have a recognized PhD degree (or equivalent) obtained after October 2008, or
    • Have taken the 'viva' examination by the application deadline (9am, 19th October 2012) and expect to be awarded a PhD degree by the 1st October 2013.
  • Only one RAS Research Fellowship may be held in the same university (as listed by UCAS) at any one time (see below for details of current Fellows).
  • The Research Fellowships will be awarded for up to a period of three years beginning on 1st October 2013 (or within 6 months thereafter).
  • The award, in the form of a grant to the institution at which the fellow is based, will be calculated from the Grade 7 range (spine point 29 to 37) of the Single Pay Spine of the UK's HE Framework Agreement, taking into account age and incorporating annual increments. A further £2,000 per annum may be claimed for costs incurred in attending meetings and conferences or for other items related to the research. In addition, the RAS will meet the cost of Employers National Insurance contributions and make an additional payment, where appropriate, to a Fellow's personal pension plan.
  • The RAS will fund only directly incurred costs, and not overheads (including bench fees or 'Full Economic Costs'). Applications will need to be certified by an authorised person at the institution at which the fellowship will be held confirming acceptance of this condition.

Details of current RAS Research Fellowship awards

Name Institution Proposed research Start/end date
Dr Benjamin Davies University of Cambridge/Liverpool John Moores Mapping the Star-Forming History of Galaxies November 2010/October 2013
Dr Caitriona Jackman University College London Energy Release from Magnetospheres January 2013/December 2013 (1 Year Only)
Dr Baojiu Li University of Durham Cosmology, Dark Energy Theories (Theoretical, Phenomenolgical, Numerical & Statistical Studies) February 2012/ January 2015
Dr Aline de Almeida Vidotto University of St Andrews Interaction between Exoplanets and the Winds of their Host Stars (Numerical Modelling & Magnetic Shield) October 2011/September 2014
Dr Sarah Badman University of Leicester The Goldilocks hypothesis of planetary magnetospheres: discovering a balance between internally- and externally-driven dynamics at Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn March 2013/February 2016
Dr Nick Wright University of Hertfordshire The Dynamics of Young Star Clusters October 2012/September 2015