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Stephen Hawking Fellowships

Salary: £32,236 - £51,630

Starting Date: 1st October 2020 Tenure: 4 years

The Cavendish Laboratory is pleased to invite pre-applications from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Stephen Hawking Fellowship to be held at the Cavendish in an area that complements or enhances research being undertaken in the Department.

The Stephen Hawking fellowships will support and develop the next generation of visionary scientists in theoretical physics (including cosmology and theoretical astrophysics) at the beginning of their career. UKRI are providing funding for five annual calls delivered jointly by EPSRC and STFC.

This scheme aims to support excellent researchers who will make significant contributions to the field of theoretical physics and continue to spark public interest in the field. Applicants must demonstrate within their application how the Stephen Hawking Prize Fellowship will support and enable their research agenda, develop their skills in public engagement and science communication, and clearly demonstrate that their skills and experience at the time of application match those outlined in the person specification.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • To fund new high quality research and support the development and training of early career researchers in the field of theoretical physics.
  • To train a cohort of researchers with the skills to continue a legacy of public engagement in the field of theoretical physics.

For further details please see:

Before applying, applicants should review the Cavendish Laboratory's areas of research as well as the research interests of the Department's Academic Staff, to consider how their proposed research would complement research currently being undertaken at the Institute.

Once applicants have engaged with a member of the department's Academic Staff, they should alert the Department’s grants team (  of their intention to submit a pre-application.

The pre-application should be sent to with attachments as a single .pdf format file no later than Sunday 9th June 2019.  The pre-application will be comprised of:

  • CV
  • Publication list
  • Draft short summary of research proposal (maximum 4000 characters excluding spaces). Applicants are expected to set out a vision of what can be achieved during the project.
  • Name of the academic staff member who has agreed to support the application.

Applicants should also request that their endorsing Cavendish academic staff member send a statement in support of their application to the same e-mail address by the same deadline.

The department's selection committee will begin reviewing applications in the week commencing 10th June. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. All applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than Thursday 13th June.

Once approval has been given by the Department's selection committee, applicants will need to submit an "Intention to Submit" to UKRI via Smart Survey by Thursday 20th June 2019.

The deadline for full proposals is 4pm Wednesday 24th July 2019. All materials will need to be submitted via the JES system by 5pm Wednesday 17th July 2019 to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Office.

Application Deadline Date: 9 June 2019 --->


Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The 2021 recruitment is now open and the research fields for this call are Biophysics and Geophysics. The deadline date for applications is 31st December 2020.  Further information and instructions on the application process can be found here:-


Royal Society University Research Fellowships

The Royal Society University Research Fellowship scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists with an opportunity to build an independent research career. This is a very popular call and we are asking all interested candidates (candidates from outside the Department as well) to contact and as soon as possible but no later than 1st August 2021. This is important as the University's Research Operations office, who will submit all applications to the funder, require completed applications are submitted to them no more than 7 working days before the Royal Society deadline (including Head of Department statements and completed references).


EPSRC Fellowships

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

The Science and Technology Facilities Council offers 12 Fellowships in total each year to early-career researchers in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Accelerator Physics. A quota system applies for each university. Interested candidates should therefore contact a member of academic staff with a research similar to your own as soon as possible for information and guidance. 

Potential candidates are requested to email their full CVs with a short statement of research proposal to the Rutherford Hub Admin Team (  by  9th August 2019. --->

College RF/JRF Physics Related Posts

Details of calls for applications for College RF and JRF posts can be found on the University's Job Opportunities web-pages, listed under either Academic or Research.
They are also published on College websites and in the University's Reporter.

Applicants for College JRFs in the sciences are normally required to submit a statement from the Head of the Department in which they intend to hold their fellowship agreeing to accommodate the Research Fellow in that Department, if elected.  However, before such a letter can be generated, applicants need to obtain the agreement of a Faculty Member within the Department to host them. Once the Faculty Member has confirmed their willingness to host the applicant, a Head of Department support letter can be generated. The Head of Department's office normally requires two week's notice to generate such letters.

Winton Programme Studentships and Fellowships

Further details of opportunities within the Physics of Sustainability can be found here.