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The Institute for Astronomy is a research and teaching group within the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh. It is one of the UK's major centres of astronomical research, with especial strengths in survey astronomy, cosmology, active galaxies and the formation of stars and planets.

The IfA runs introductory courses in astronomy for students of any discipline at first year level, Honours Degree courses in Astrophysics (both BSc and MPhys), and research degrees leading to the award of PhD in astronomy.


Royal Society and STFC Fellowships at Edinburgh

The Institute for Astronomy and the University of Edinburgh welcomes applicants for the STFC Ernest Rutherford and Royal Society University Research Fellowship schemes for 2014.

As STFC places a limit on the number of applicants that each UK institute can support for the Rutherford Fellowship, we are asking candidates who are interested in hosting either of these fellowships at the IfA to send their CV and a research statement (ideally a draft of their RS URF application) to James Dunlop (, copied to by Friday 22nd August at the latest.

A decision on which candidates will be supported in the IfA Rutherford quota will be made and communicated before Wednesday 27th August. This schedule is to allow time for candidates to prepare their full application, with our academic staff and finance team, for both the Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (STFC deadline 25th September) and the Royal Society University Research Fellowships (RS deadline 11th September).

There are no restrictions on the number of candidates who can apply for a Royal Society University Research Fellowship hosted at the IfA and we welcome all candidates interested in applying for this scheme. Applications should be prepared in discussion with our academic staff and finance team.