Apply now for Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships for Postdoc Research in the UK

Apply now for Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships for Postdoc Research in the UK

Deadline: December 11, 2017

Apply now for Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships for Postdoc Research in the UK. The Fellowships are for highly skilled researchers from other Commonwealth countries to spend one or two years at an eligible UK university or higher education institution conducting postdoctoral research. The aim is to support world-class research and innovation, and to contribute to the UK’s research base by attracting high-calibre international candidates and encouraging links and collaboration.

These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Rutherford Fund, with the aim of attracting global talent and supporting the UK’s research base. Up to 50 fellowships are available. It is open to highly skilled and highly motivated PhD graduates whose proposed research topic is innovative, timely, and likely to lead to wider impact beyond the academic community and build research collaboration between the UK and other Commonwealth countries


To apply for these fellowships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by a Commonwealth country other than the United Kingdom, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in a Commonwealth country other than the UK, and not based in the UK at the time of application
  • Be available to start your fellowship in the UK before 31 March 2018
  • Have been awarded your PhD no more than ten years prior to 1 November 2017
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship awarded by the CSC

You may apply for support for postdoctoral research for one or two years.

Selection Criteria

Your application will be considered by the CSC’s selection committee in competition with other candidates and according to the following selection criteria:

  • Personal and academic background
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Impact potential

For further details, see the Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships 2017-2018 selection criteria


  • For full details, see the terms and conditions
  • In your application, you are expected to identify one institution that you think is the most appropriate to host your fellowship, and to explain your reasons. You must also provide evidence of agreement to host your fellowship from an academic at your chosen institution.
  • You must provide the following supporting documentation, which must be received by the CSC by 12.30 (GMT) on 13 December 2017 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
    • References from at least two individuals. One of these referees must be your PhD supervisor; without a reference from this person (except in exceptional circumstances) your application will be ineligible
    • PhD certificate
    • Supporting statement from your proposed supervisor in the UK
    • Copy of your passport showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship
    • You must ask three referees to submit a reference on headed paper by email to [email protected] as soon as possible.
  • You must also ask your proposed supervisor in the UK to submit a supporting statement on headed paper by email to [email protected] as soon as possible. This statement should confirm that they:
    • Are willing to host you in their department for a period of one or two years from a date no later than 31 March 2018
    • Have approval from their head of department and relevant university authorities to make an offer to host a postdoctoral researcher.

You must make your application directly to the CSC using the Electronic Application System (EAS). Information on how to use the EAS

For more information, visit Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships.