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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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ERC Starting Grant

Supporting researchers within 2-7 years of PhD completion.

We are proud to support the ERC Starting Grant programme, designed to assist researchers within 2-7 years of PhD completion. Are you a talented early-career scientist who has already produced excellent supervised work, ready to work independently, and shows potential to be a research leader? The ERC Starting Grant could be for you.

ERC Starting Grant

Status: Closes October-November, yearly

Application process: In preparation for the funder deadline, we invite expressions of interest from those wishing to apply for an ERC Starting Grant with our Physics and Astronomy Department.

Expression of interest

To ensure the submission of high-quality proposals, the department conducts an internal selection process for all major fellowship applications. It is essential to reach out early to discuss potential alignment with our funding schemes and departmental goals.

For schemes with a limited number of applicants per university, please submit a brief expression of interest (1-2 pages) for review by our academic leads. If you require guidance, our leads are available for advice. In some instances, a further sift will occur at the faculty or university-wide level.

Our internal selection process holistically assesses candidates, disregarding factors such as years since PhD, PhD institution, national origin, number of publications, or protected characteristics, unless mandated by funders.

We advise you to email your expression of interest to our fellowship support team as soon as possible and well in advance of the funder deadline.

Email us your interest

We support a range of fellowships

Our Physics Department supports postdoctoral, tenure-track, and established researchers in their fields, including the Ernest Rutherford fellowship.

Physics fellowships we support