Research Fellowships

Expected deadline: 15th October 2021.

Applications for this scheme will be sought every three years, in 2021, 2024 and 2027.
The purpose of these fellowships is to enable outstanding candidates to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS ie astronomy, solar system science, geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences.

NB - each institution can only hold one RAS fellowship at any one time so if you are interested in applying always contact the fellowship team to check whether we are able to put in a fellowship application this year.

If you wish to apply in 2021 please send us your CV, publications list and 1 page summary of your proposed research by 16th August (to fellowships[at] Please also tell us who will be your academic sponsor and ask them to confirm their support for your application by the same date. Finally please confirm who will be your second academic reader, to give feedback on your proposal prior to submission to the funder.

Norman Lockyer Fellowships

Deadline: The next expected call will be in 2022.

Applications for this scheme will be sought every three years, in 2022, 2025 and 2028.
The purpose of these fellowships is to enable an outstanding researcher to devote the majority of their time to research on an astronomical topic, including solar system and planetary science.

Applicants for both of the above fellowships must complete an application form and provide CV, a list of publications, and a research proposal. You will also be required to provide two independent referees who will be contacted directly by RAS to provide a reference.

Funding is for up to three years, and covers applicant's salary and limited research expenses/travel costs (£2k/annum).

Applicants must have been awarded their PhD less than 5 years before the start of the fellowship, and have completed their viva at the time of application (with an expectation of the PhD being awarded by the start of the fellowship). There are no eligibility restrictions by nationality but you must be eligible to work in the UK.

Further information and the link to the application form are available at the funder's website.

Guidance and useful info

Please let us know if you are interested in applying and we will be able to send you our internal guidance once this is available.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships

The Daphne Jackson Trust offers flexible, part-time, paid Fellowships, normally for two years, to assist talented scientists into a career following a break of at least two years. Candidates in astronomy and geophysics eligible for the Royal Astronomical Society Daphne Jackson Fellowship should see the Daphne Jackson Trust website for further details of the scheme and how to apply.