Rising Stars

‘Rising Star’ fellowships will be very prestigious and highly competitive positions, designed to attract the very best ‘rising stars’ of academic research.  ‘Rising star’ packages will be funded at approximately £200k per annum and can involve collaboration with relevant commercial or third sector organisations

Rising Star’ applications can be submitted at any time.

Projects must complete by 31st October 2022.

If you would like to apply, please follow the steps outlined below.  If you have any questions, please contact the management team through the SER CYMRUII MAILBOX

Eligibility Criteria

Rising Star Fellowships applicants should meet the eligibility criteria set out below:

  • Applicants should have over 7 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise.

  • Applicants should have an excellent research proposal.

  • Applicants can be of any nationality.

  • Applicants must submit a completed application form and associated documents (supervisor form, ethics form, and CV).

  • Applications must comply with the fundamental ethic principles as detailed in the ethics section.

  • Applicants must have the support of their chosen host institution.

Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria or do not adhere to the guidelines given here will be rejected by the management team.

Application Process

Applicants will need to propose a suitable project to be carried out in a Welsh host institution in the list.  Projects should be described in no more than 18 pages for Rising Star fellowships using the appropriate application form.

The research project will be created by the applicant but they must discuss this with their potential host institution before submission. 

All projects will be subject to ethical scrutiny and applicants will need to complete the ethical issues section within their application form.

Applicants should also include in their application form a copy of their most recent CV, no more than 3 pages in length.  This should include information about their education, previous employment and other relevant experience, information about any career breaks taken for maternity or caring responsibilities and so on, and a list of all their publications and grants awarded. 

Applicants should also provide in the covering email the names of 2 referees who know their work and the proposed area of research.

Host institutions should provide a breakdown of the costs for the fellow using the tables within the application form.

Application Forms

Your Application form should be completed and submitted via email to SER CYMRUII MAILBOX.  The names of 2 nominated referees should be included in the email.

Applications will be limited to 18 pages plus a 3 page CV’, font size 11 in Times New Roman or Arial with margin sizes of no less than 2cm (left, right and bottom) and 1 cm at the top.  References should be listed at the end of the document and will count towards the page limit. 

You will receive acknowledgment of your form within 5 working days.  If you do not receive this please contact the management team at the same email address.

The full process for review and selection of application is given on the Review of applications page.