Lasting Fellowship

International Master’s Fellowships

Lasting Fellowship

  • materials and consumables We will pay for the materials and consumables you need to carry out your proposed research, including:
    • laboratory chemicals and materials (eg reagents, isotopes, peptides, enzymes, antibodies, gases, proteins, cell/tissue/bacterial culture, plasticware and glassware)
    • associated charges for shipping, delivery and freight.
  • The fellowship funds can cover the cost of buying animals if they’re essential to your project. We’ll also fund the charge-out rates for animal house facilities, but only if your organisation uses full economic costing methodology.

    These costs include:

    • running costs (including animal maintenance, any experimental procedures, licences and relevant staff training)
    • appropriate estates costs
    • cage and equipment depreciation costs, but not building depreciation costs.

    We may not pay the full charge-out rate for an animal house facility if we've provided significant funding towards the infrastructure and/or core support of the facility.

    If your organisation doesn’t use full economic costing methodology to establish charge-out rates for animal house facilities, funds may cover:

    • the cost of buying animals
    • running costs (including animal maintenance, any experimental procedures, licences and relevant staff training)
    • staff costs, eg contributions towards the salaries of animal house technicians.

    We don’t provide estates or depreciation costs.

  • Your chosen research environment(s) should have the necessary equipment for you to complete your work. The fellowship can be used to cover smaller items of equipment that are essential to your proposed research project. Costs may include purchase, delivery, installation, maintenance and training, where necessary.

    We will cover VAT and import duties if:

    • the usual UK exemptions on equipment used for medical research don’t apply
    • you’re applying from a non-UK organisation, and you can show these costs can’t be recovered.

    Equipment maintenance

    We will cover maintenance costs for equipment if:

    • you are requesting it in your application
    • it is existing equipment that is:
      • funded by us or another source
      • essential to the proposed research project
      • more than five years old
      • cost effective to keep maintaining it.

    We won’t cover maintenance costs for equipment if there is a mechanism in place to recoup these costs through access charges.

    Computer equipment

    We will cover the cost of one personal computer or laptop per person up to £1,500.

    We won't pay for:

    • more expensive items, unless you can justify them
    • installation or training costs.
  • You can use some of your grant to cover the cost of access to shared equipment or facilities if they’re essential to your research project.

    These may include materials and consumables, plus a proportion of:

    • maintenance and service contracts
    • staff time costs for dedicated technical staff employed to operate the equipment or facility.

    We don’t cover the costs of:

    • estates and utilities
    • depreciation or insurance
    • other staff eg contributions towards departmental technical, administrative and management staff time.

    If the facilities or equipment were paid for by a Wellcome grant, you can only use the funds for access charges if:

    • the grant has ended
    • any support for running costs and maintenance contracts has ended.
    • You should use the most suitable and economical form of travel.

      Conference attendance

      You can use up to £1,500 towards the costs of attending scientific and academic meetings and conferences, including registration fees.You can also use your funds to cover caring responsibilities if you attend a conference. This includes childcare and any other caring responsibility you have, provided:

      • Wellcome is paying your salary
      • the conference is directly related to your research
      • the caring costs are over and above what you'd normally pay for care
      • the conference organiser and your employing organisation are unable to cover the costs.

      You can use up to £1,000 per person for each conference.

      Collaborative travel

      Your funds can cover travel and subsistence costs for visits to collaborators, and for collaborators to visit your laboratory. You’ll need to justify each visit and its duration.

      Other travel

      You can also use your funds to pay for other essential visits, eg to facilities, for sample collection and for fieldwork. You can include subsistence costs.

      Subsistence costs

      If you’re away for up to one month you can use your funds for subsistence costs. These include accommodation, meals and incidentals (eg refreshments or newspapers).

      If your administering organisation has a subsistence policy, use their rates.

      If your administering organisation doesn’t have a subsistence policy, please use the HMRC rates.

      If you’re away for more than one month and up to 12 months, you can use the funds for reasonable rental costs only, including aparthotels. You should discuss appropriate rates with your administering and host organisations, or Wellcome, as appropriate. We expect you to choose the most economical options, booked in advance where possible.

      If you’re from a low- or middle- income country and will be working in a high-income country for more than one month and up to 12 months, you can also use up to £20 a day to cover extra costs, such as transport and incidentals.

      If you’re away for more than 12 months, we will cover the costs of your housing. You should discuss your needs with your administering and host organisations.

      The allowance we provide will be family and business need. We will set the maximum allowance we pay for each location. This will be current market data or, where data is unavailable, in consultation with your administering organisation, using equivalent market rates. Please contact us if you need help calculating the costs.

      We will cover the direct expenses you have to pay to find and rent a home. We will not cover the cost of utilities or any refurbishment.

  • We cover fieldwork costs if they’re essential. Costs can include:

    • survey and data collection, including communication and data collection services and any associated costs such as essential field materials, travel costs and language translation services
    • the purchase, hire and running costs of vehicles dedicated to your project
    • expenses for subjects and volunteers, including the recruitment of participants, their participatory fees and travel costs
    • statistical analysis.
  • Costs the fellowship funds may be used for:

    • specialist publications that are relevant to the research and not available in institutional libraries
    • expenses for subjects and volunteers – includes recruitment of participants, their participatory fees and travel, as well as interviewee expenses
    • reasonable research-associated costs related to the feedback of health-related findings but not any healthcare-associated costs
    • costs associated with developing an outputs management plan
    • questionnaires, recruitment material, newsletters etc for clinical, epidemiological and qualitative research studies
    • public engagement materials where dissemination (including printing and publishing) is a key activity of the project
    • purchase, hire and running costs of project-dedicated vehicles.

    Costs the funds won't cover:

    • estates costs – such as building and premises costs, basic services and utilities. This also includes phone, postage, photocopying and stationery, unless you can justify these within a clinical or epidemiological study.*
    • research, technical and administrative staff whose time is shared across several projects and isn’t supported by an audit record*
    • charge-out costs for major facilities* – departmental technical and administrative services, and use of existing equipment
    • cleaning, waste and other disposal costs*

    *We will fund these costs in the case of animal-related research.

    • indirect costs – this includes general administration costs such as personnel, finance, library, room hire and some departmental services
    • office furniture, such as chairs, desks, filing cabinets, etc.
    • clothing such as lab coats, shoes, gloves, protective clothing
    • non-research related activities, eg catering, room and venue hire for staff parties, team-building events and social activities
    • indemnity insurance (insurance cover against claims made by subjects or patients associated with a research programme)
    • ethics reviews, unless you are in a low- or middle-income country
    • radiation protection costs.

    Costs grantholders can claim on biomedical science research grants.

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Ernest Rutherford Fellowship – Science and Technology Facilities Council

Lasting Fellowship

The Ernest Rutherford Fellowships will enable early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. They will encourage talented researchers in UK universities to remain in the country and at the same time attract outstanding overseas researchers to the UK.

Applicants who have applied for the – UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships can also apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship but cannot hold two fellowships which fund their working time simultaneously.

An analysis of Fellows who have completed their Fellowship since 2009, disclosed all Fellows were employed and 92% held permanent jobs. Further details showing the key benefits of a Fellowship can be found in analysis of questionnaires.

STFC currently supports a number of Ernest Rutherford Fellows undertaking a range of research within STFC core science areas.

Statement of Expectations for Fellows

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has published its Statement of Expectations for Fellows, which sets out common principles for all Research Council-funded fellows.

Key facts

Each Fellowship will last for five years, with 11 being offered in the 2018/19 round. The aim is to support future scientific leaders to establish a strong, independent research programme.

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships are intended for early career researchers who do not have an academic position.

Applicants should read the competency framework to determine the skills, knowledge and experience needed to apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship.

The Ernest Rutherford Grant Funding scheme is no longer available for successful fellowship applicants.

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships years of Post-Doctoral experience – applicants

CallPost-Doctoral ExperienceAverage
1 to 3yrs4 to 6yrs7 to 9yrs10yrs +per call
ERF 201120644166
ERF 2012238347176
ERF 201397651146
ERF 2014168146237
ERF 2015157251217
ERF 2016118041216.5
ERF 2017167545276.5
ERF 201887755206.8

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships years of Post Doc experience – awarded

CallPost-Doctoral ExperienceAverage
1 to 3yrs4 to 6yrs7 to 9yrs10yrs +per call
ERF 201139316
ERF 201224626
ERF 201321727
ERF 201427126
ERF 201528205
ERF 201606527
ERF 201715516
ERF 201806506.2

How to apply

The next Call will open 1 July 2019 and close 19 September 2019.

The web page and 2019 Guidance notes will be updated in June 2019.

Departments have been informed of their fellowship application limits for the 2018 round.

You are advised to contact your proposed host department as early as possible and certainly well ahead of the deadline for submission of applications. Departments may have internal processes to select which candidates to support and the timetables for these vary.

Applications are encouraged from those seeking to resume a research career, following a period of absence from active research. Details can be found on our Returner Fellowships web page.

To apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship you are strongly advised to read the guidance notes (PDF, 231 KB). These contain the rules and regulations for the scheme and advise on completing the online application form in Je-S.

Important information

STFC will reject a proposal if it does not follow the application rules without the possibility of amendment. The only exception would be where a problem occurred because of issues in downloading the proposal into Research Council systems.

All documents must be submitted as pdf attachments and written as per STFC requirements. You must use the CV template of a maximum of two sides of A4. The format of the CV template should not be altered. An exception will be made for Applicants who complete the section on Career Breaks. Further information is available in the guidance notes (PDF, 240 KB).


Decisions on who to invite for interview will be made mid/late January 2019.

Interviews will be held 12 – 14 February 2019.

Fellowships and general enquiries

Tel: +(44) (0) 1793 413195

Fellowships team

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Lasting Fellowship

With dozens of scholars in residence each year, the Science History Institute is home to the largest private fellowship program in the history and social study of science in the United States. Researchers travel from all over the world to use our collections and take part in a vibrant scholarly community. Here are the fellowships we offer.

Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry

The Beckman Center offers fellowships on an annual cycle for scholars doing research in the history and social studies of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

Fellows are expected to participate in biweekly informal writing groups and give at least one lunchtime lecture. They also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of outreach activities while in residence at the Institute.

About 20 fellowships are given out annually, making the Beckman Center the largest private fellowship program in the history of science in the United States.

The Beckman Center offers a number of fellowship types:

Two-Year 80/20 Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Institute is pleased to announce its 80/20 postdoctoral fellowship, launched in the 2018–2019 academic year.

These new fellowships reflect the Beckman Center’s commitment to providing career-building fellowships for recent PhDs and its support for the career diversity initiatives of the American Historical Association and affiliated scholarly societies.

The 80/20 postdoctoral fellowship program will allow the Beckman Center’s postdoctoral fellows to build skills that enhance their opportunities outside the academy or their work within it.

Fellows will spend one day a week (20% of their time) working closely with an Institute staff member from the library, museum, publications, Center for Applied History, outreach, Center for Oral History, archives, or digital collections team on developing skills in one of two areas: collections and curation, or outreach and exhibitions.

The other four days each week (80% of their time), postdoctoral fellows will have access to the Institute’s considerable resources and ample time to develop and publish their own research. Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must have their PhD in hand before the July prior to the start of the fellowship and must have earned that degree within the last five years. Postdoctoral fellowship stipends are $45,000 per year, paid in monthly installments.

Nine-Month Dissertation Fellowships
Applicants for dissertation fellowships must be graduate students whose PhD dissertation proposals have been accepted by their respective university departments. Fellows are in residence at the Institute for the entire academic year (September–May). Dissertation fellowship stipends are $26,000, paid in monthly installments.

Short-Term Fellowships
Short-term fellowships are available to researchers whose work requires use of collections housed at the Institute. Stipends are $3,000 per month. Short-term fellowships can last from 1 to 4 months.


Library Travel Grants

The Othmer Library offers travel grants for periods of up to two weeks for research using the primary research materials. Applicants must currently reside more than 75 miles from Philadelphia in order to be eligible. Travel grants will be awarded on a rolling basis starting at the beginning of each fiscal year until all available funding has been distributed.

Travel grants are $750 per week and are intended to help defray the costs of travel and accommodation. Find out how to apply here.


Institute for Research

The Institute for Research periodically seeks postdoctoral fellows working in fields related to the history and social study of science for subject-specific or directed long-term (1–3 years) projects.

Fellows form research groups around particular topics of interest, pilot new areas of research, and connect research with the collections and outreach. Research topics draw upon the department’s strengths in oral history, public history, digital humanities, science studies, and history of science.

Research fellows collaborate to coordinate workshops, reading groups, and research reports that provide critical perspectives on emerging areas of study.

Contact: Britt Dahlberg,

Other Fellowships

Other departments periodically post listings for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and public-history fellows working in fields related to the history and social study of science. These fellowships will be listed below as they are announced.

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