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Call for applications: RAS Research Fellowship & Norman Lockyer Fellowship 2017

Last Updated on Monday, 05 September 2016 12:54
Published on Friday, 02 September 2016 11:30

RAS logoThe RAS will award one RAS Research Fellowship and one Norman Lockyer Fellowship in 2017, to begin on 1 October 2017 or within 6 months thereafter. Each fellowship provides post-doctoral funding for up to three years.

The RAS Research Fellowship is offered to outstanding candidates to enable them 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 must have been awarded their PhD between 1 October 2012 and 1 October 2017. Only one RAS Research Fellowship may be held in the same university at any one time.

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 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 deadline for applications is 23:59 (BST), 21 October 2016. We expect to make offers for both positions by the first week of February 2017 - date to be confirmed.

Please see the applications for the Norman Lockyer and RAS Research Fellowships page for more details, terms & conditions, and the application form.