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UKRI has announced the Stephen Hawking Fellowships 2020. The fellowships will provide up to 4 years’ funding for postdoctoral fellows with a strong passion for curiosity driven science that seek to challenge current assumptions, advance scientific knowledge and inspire the public through their discoveries.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • To fund new high quality research and support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers in the field of theoretical physics.
  • To train a cohort of researchers with the skills to continue a legacy of public engagement in the field of theoretical physics.

Proposals are welcomed from all areas of theoretical physics, and areas of mathematics and computer sciences which underpin and contribute to the development of theoretical physics.

The scope of the fellowships extends beyond Stephen Hawking’s active areas of research such as cosmology, general relativity and quantum gravity and UKRI wishes to invite other aspects of theoretical physics such as classical gravity, string theory, statistical physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, particle astrophysics, theoretical astronomy, solar and planetary physics.

Proposals are also welcome from across the fundamental mathematical and computer sciences where the applicant can demonstrate that the research will underpin these approaches and can directly build capability in the area of theoretical physics, such as quantum computing.

 

University internal selection

Institutions can only submit a maximum of ten applications. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls procedure

To take part in the internal selection process please submit:

  • Attached internal selection form
  • CV (2 pages maximum) and publications list
  • Letter of support from the Head of the Department/Faculty that will hold the grant, confirming their support for the project and agreement to host the grant

to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by 7 October 2020.

If you have any queries please contact researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.

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