Contact the Trust
Mr Gary Hawes
Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust
Registry & Academic Services
UCL, London, WC1E 6BT
phone: +44 (0)20 7679 8592
fax: +44 (0)20 7679 8595
Eligibility Criteria for Ramsay Memorial Fellowships
1. The Ramsay Memorial Fellowships were instituted in 1920 as one part of the memorial to Sir William Ramsay (1852-1916), Professor of Inorganic and General Chemistry at University College London, the first to discover or isolate argon, helium, neon, krypton and xenon and Britain's first Nobel Prizewinner in any subject.
2. Fellowships are awarded only to advanced students of chemical research who have shown outstanding merit, and will usually be held at a place of academic research within the United Kingdom. However, for limited periods, the Trustees will consider an overseas research visit if this is relevant to the Fellow’s project.
3. During the tenure of their Fellowships, the Ramsay Fellows have the benefit, as occasion arises, of the advice of members of the Ramsay Advisory Council. The interest of the Trust in its Fellows continues after their Fellowships expire. Fellows have the opportunity annually of meeting each other at a dinner given in their honour by the Ramsay Trust. Thus the Ramsay Fellows remain members of a fellowship in the wider sense.
4. The title of Ramsay Fellow is one which Fellows should feel proud to hold, not only during the tenure of their Fellowship, but throughout their career.
5. Preference will be given to candidates who have been born within the Commonwealth and who have graduated with distinction in chemistry from a university within the Commonwealth. In exceptional cases, the Trustees may award a Fellowship to a candidate whose academic distinction has been gained outside the Commonwealth.
6. Candidates will be expected to have had training in research leading to the possession of a PhD, preferably of a British university or its equivalent, and to show evidence of their ability to initiate and pursue a programme of independent research. Candidates cannot be considered unless they have submitted their PhD thesis by the 31 December following the deadline for receipt of applications. Great emphasis is placed by the Advisory Council on both the quality and the originality of the research proposed. The Advisory Council also looks for evidence of mobility, either at pre- or post-doctoral level, or in the selection of the candidate’s proposed place of work.
7. An award of a Ramsay Fellowship will be based upon a proposal by a candidate to do specified work at a specified place, both to be approved by the Advisory Council. With the approval of the latter, the specified place may be varied from time to time. Generally, it will be a university or other place of academic research within the United Kingdom but, on the recommendation of the Advisory Council, exceptionally may be outside the United Kingdom. The Advisory Council will look particularly favourably on applicants proposing to undertake their studies within the top-rated Department of Chemistry at UCL. Preference will also be given to early-career candidates.
8. A Ramsay Fellowship will normally be tenable for a period of two years, from 1 October in the year of award. In special circumstances, and with the approval of the Advisory Council, the beginning of the tenure may be deferred. In exceptional cases, the Trustees may extend the Fellowship for up to but not more than a third year.
9. Although a Ramsay Fellowship may be fully funded by the Trust, the expectation is that it will normally be co-sponsored and jointly funded either by a university department, a company or another body approved by the Trustees. Where a Fellowship is co-sponsored, the Trust will contribute 50% of the Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £15,000 per annum, with the balance of all other costs to be paid by the co-sponsor. In addition, a limited grant, usually not exceeding £1,000 per annum, may be requested by the Fellow for (non-travel) expenses which can be shown to be essential to the research undertaken.
10. A Fellowship is intended to enable the holder to devote him- or herself full time to research. However, the Trustees wish to encourage holders of Ramsay Fellowships to undertake a small amount of teaching work, not exceeding on average three hours a week, of which not more than one hour should be occupied in actual lecturing.
11. Towards the end of each Session, a Fellow will be required to submit for the approval of the Advisory Council a report on the research carried out with the aid of the Fellowship. Fellows must give due acknowledgement to the Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust (and any co-sponsoring body) in any papers published giving the results of this work.
12. Ramsay Fellows will be encouraged during the tenure of their Fellowship to explore opportunities to give a lecture or seminar at a University within the City of Glasgow under the Chairmanship of a Professor of Chemistry at that University. Funding will be made available for this purpose.
13. No other Fellowship, Studentship, Scholarship or Lectureship may be held during the tenure of a Ramsay Memorial Fellowship, nor may any paid work be undertaken by a Fellow without the specific permission of the Trustees.
14. In no circumstances shall any candidate have any claim, otherwise than an award actually made, upon any Fund of the Foundation or upon the Trustees or Advisory Council, or upon any Trustee or any member of the Advisory Council.
15. Applications for a British Ramsay Memorial Fellowship should be made on the prescribed application form and returned to the Executive Secretary, Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust, Registry & Academic Services, University College London, 2 Taviton Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK (email: email@example.com), to arrive not later than 15 November of the year before the award.
16. Applications will be considered by the Ramsay Trustees and Advisory Council and candidates will be notified in due course of their decision.
17. Enquiries may be made to, and application forms obtained from, the Executive Secretary of the Trust (Mr Gary Hawes) at the address above, or by the following means:
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