22 Feb 2011







You can find brief synopsis of just some of the grants and fellowships accepted by RAL PPD below. Further details can be found at the main websites or by contacting  PPD.

STFC Grants

STFC application deadlines and further information

Additional Information on all fellowships supported by STFC is available.​

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

These fellowships aim is to support future scientific leaders to establish a strong, independent research programme. The fellowships cover salary & travel costs for 5 years. Successful candidates also have the opportunity to bid for additional Ernest Rutherford research funding of ~£50,000/year, that they can use to employ staff, buy equipment etc. Up to 12 awards are made each year.

Candidates must have a PhD in experimental particle physics, must have started their PhD course at least ~4 years prior to applying for the fellowship, and must not yet have a permanent job. They should ideally have experience both of detector construction/operation and of physics analysis. And be enthusiastic about explaining particle physics to the public. They must show leadership potential.

Applications must be made jointly by the candidate and PPD. There is a single round each year, typically in late September (though contact PPD at least one month before this).

For more details, see ERF page.

STFC Returner Fellowships

Returner Fellowships are additional fellowships on top of the normal Ernest Rutherford Fellowship awards that can be awarded to outstanding candidates returning from a career break or from working outside academic research.​ More details can be found here​.

STFC post-doctoral fellowships (no longer being run since 2010)

Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for researchers who do not have a permanent academic position but wish to pursue a long term research career. These Fellowships offer the opportunity to pursue new and diverse areas of research at a chosen UK institution. Applications are particularly welcome from those seeking to resume a research career following a period of absence from active research (maternity, family or caring responsibilities, moving from a non-academic employment sector).

These fellowships enable less experienced researchers (i.e. those with no more than seven years' research experience between the start of the postgraduate programme leading to the award of a PhD and the application deadline) to devote themselves to independent and original research for a period of up to three years. Applicants must have or expect to have a PhD. STFC expects to make twelve awards each year. Applicants may apply to only one scheme; only one application to one Institution will be accepted.​

STFC post-graduate studentships

Research studentships normally leading to the award of a PhD are for a minimum of three years and enable postgraduate students to undertake training in research, research techniques and employment related skills. Studentships may be held on a full or part time basis. Part time should be a minimum of 50%. Details can be found here​.

STFC Industrial CASE studentship

CASE gives students experience outside a purely academic environment. CASE awards are for a minimum of three and a half years and provide for training of a research student on a project which involves the joint supervision of the student by a member of staff at an academic Research Organisation and an employee of a UK industrial firm or an organisation in the public service (the "co-operating"). Institutes and Units of Research Councils can act as the co-operating body, and UK subsidiaries of foreign firms may be eligible to participate. Cases of doubt should be referred to STFC.

During the period of the award, the student is required to spend a period on the premises of the co-operating body. For a three year award, the minimum is three months per annum. Applications for a CASE or CASE-Plus studentship should be made using Je-S and submitted to STFC. In exceptional circumstances, and where adequate justification for the timing has been made, applications may be considered at any time of the year under urgency procedure. Details can be found here.

STFC Industrial CASE-plus studentships

CASE-Plus extends the CASE scheme to help students become more effective in promoting technology transfer, should their chosen career path take them into either academic research or industry. For the first three and a half years of the award, CASE-Plus operates in the same way as the CASE scheme (see above). The main difference is that the student spends a further year working full-time on the premises of the co-operating body as an employee. This is seen as continued 'hands-on' technological training for the student.

During this additional year, the student is employed by the sponsor company, at a salary equivalent to that of a new STFC postdoctoral fellow. STFC will contribute 50% of the salary costs incurred by the co-operating body (up to a maximum STFC contribution of £14,250). Entry into the fourth year is dependent on the student demonstrating a level of achievement agreed in advance between the sponsor, the University and the student. STFC will not commence funding for the fourth year until the PhD thesis has been submitted. Details can be found here.​

STFC Research in Industry

A new STFC Research in Industry funding mechanism has been introduced, aimed at engaging industry directly in STFC's programme of technology development and knowledge transfer activities. Funding, in specified programme areas, will be provided through Agreements between STFC and supplier companies. STFC Research in Industry funding aims to engage industry in STFC's programme technology development. Funding, in specified programme areas, is provided through agreements between STFC and supplier companies, following standard terms and conditions.

Companies may apply for Research in Industry funding on their own or as part of a collaboration involving one or more partner organisations, which may be either industrial or academic. Applications for Research in Industry funding are made by submitting to STFC a completed and signed proposal form accompanied by a document, known as a Case for Support, setting out the proposed programme of research. In most cases, prospective applicants will first be required to complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ). STFC will assess these and advise prospective applicants whether they meet the minimum qualifying criteria for Research in Industry funding. Before completing a PQQ or a full Research in Industry proposal, applicants should read the general guidance notes on Research in Industry, the guidance notes on completing the Research in Industry form and the guidance associated with the particular funding scheme or announcement of opportunity to which they are responding.

STFC PIPSS/knowledge exchange

PIPSS is a knowledge transfer scheme that supports the development of effective, long term collaborations between UK Universities, CERN, ESO (European Southern Observatory), ESA (European Space Agency), UK industry and research sector organisations, with the aim to:

  • Promote co-ordinated technology development within the Council programme and with other partners;
  • Encourage researchers to be aware of the possibilities for exploitation;
  • Raise awareness in industry and other research sectors of the technological strengths and opportunities afforded by the Council's science;
  • Encourage collaboration between UK companies and the research community.

This will ensure the maximum benefit to UK industry, through transfer of technologies and skills developed from the Council's research programme to broader market areas. It also encourages a two-way transfer of skills and knowledge between the Council's supported scientists and researchers in UK industry and research organisations representing other sectors. The overall objective of PIPSS is to facilitate the transfer of technology developed in pursuit of the Council's science programme. In other words, to transfer STFC-developed technologies to other academic disciplines and/or industrial applications.


Mini-PIPSS provides the facility to make an application for a small project, up to £150k over a period not exceeding 12 months, at any time and receive a decision within a short period of time. Mini-PIPSS applications can be submitted at any time but supporting letters are expected to be included at the time of application.

PPD Visiting Fellowships

PPD will provide support for visitors to the department and for PPD people to visit other institutes in order to:

  • Strengthen relationships with other groups;
  • Bring in additional expertise;
  • Enable PPD to transfer skills to collaborators, especially early-stage researchers​;
  • Provide extra effort for well-defined jobs.
Awards can be made at any time. They are made for between 1-12 weeks and cover housing and travel costs and include a per-diem.

To apply, pleas discuss with your contact in PPD. Together, you will need to prepare a short (half-page) proposal giving details, including how this visit will benefit PPD and the institute.

Other Fellowships

Marie Curie actions

Details of these EU initiatives can be found on the Marie Curie actions website (link opens in a new window). Applications for Research Training Networks (RTN), Early Stage Fellowships (ESF), Intra-European Fellowships (EIF), Incoming International Fellowships (IIF), European and International Reintegration Grants (ERG/IRG) and Excellence Grants (EXT) are just some of the schemes we can be partners with.

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Details of the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships can be found on the Royal Society website (link opens in a new window). The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme supports excellent scientists and engineers at an early stage of their career, and is designed to help them to progress to a permanent position. It is aimed specifically at researchers who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances including parental/caring responsibilities and health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.

Daphne Jackson Research Fellowships

Details of the Daphne Jackson Research Fellowships can be found on the here​. The Trust offers Fellowships as a means of enabling a return to the workplace. The Daphne Jackson Trust helps talented women scientists, engineers and technology specialists to return to work after a career break by offering sponsored fellowships.​​​​


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