The fellowships were funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Rutherford Fund, with the aim of attracting global talent and strengthening the UK's research base.
In 2018, UUKi hosted a welcome reception at the Shard for the international early career researchers (ECRs) currently completing Rutherford Fellowships at the 24 UK institutions in receipt of a UUKi Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grant.
The Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants call closed in January 2018. Eligible institutions were asked to set out how they would use a block grant of up to £150,000 to deliver a dynamic programme of research fellowships for early career researchers (ECRs). By funding individual ECR mobility within the framework of strategic partnerships, the aim was to catalyse longer term and interdisciplinary collaboration and achieve the following outcomes:
The following 24 institutions were awarded grants: