Centre for Theoretical Cosmology News

New Stephen Hawking Fellowships available

UK Research and Innovation are inviting applications for up to ten Stephen Hawking Fellowships in honour of Professor Hawking’s exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge and the popularisation of science. Proposals are welcomed from scientists at the beginning of their careers in all areas of theoretical physics, as well as those areas of mathematics and computer sciences that underpin and contribute to the development of theoretical physics.

Each fellowship will provide up to four years’ funding for high-quality research, as well as training in public engagement and communicating scientific ideas to wider audiences. It is envisaged that the calls for applications will take place every year until 2024. In future years, the scope of the fellowships may evolve to reflect emerging trends and funding in theoretical physics.

Applicants must first seek support from the proposed UK host organisation. The department's internal deadline for applications is 9am on 13 June 2019. The Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, together with the General Relativity group, strongly supports the new initiative and welcomes contacts from researchers interested in applying for the scheme. Interested applicants can find more information on our jobs page (www.ctc.cam.ac.uk/about/jobs.php). In summary, after obtaining support from a relevant DAMTP faculty member, the applicant will need to submit an Intent to Submit form to the DAMTP Head of Department, after which an internal selection process will take place by 17 June 2019. The Centre, which Professor Hawking founded in 2007, is a particularly fitting place to hold a fellowship bearing his name.

More information on the fellowships can be found on the UKRI website:



The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alison Richards, officially opens the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in 2007.