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Invited for an interview

Information for Rutherford Discovery Fellowship applicants invited for an interview

Updated on 31 August 2021.


If your proposal has been short-listed by the Interview Panel, you will be invited to an interview with the Panel.

Due to the August Covid-19 lock-down, we have had to make some changes to the assessment timeline. We now expect that all applicants have been notified about whether they have been invited to interview by mid-September.

The interviews will now take place on October 18 and 19. It is hoped that we will be able to interview in person under Covid-19 alert level 1 or 2. However, if this is not possible, the interviews are likely to be conducted on the same days via zoom. More information on the process and the interview locations will be provided after the interview short-listing.

The interview will last for approximately twenty minutes in duration and will have the following broad structure. The first ten minutes will be an opportunity for you to outline your proposal. A data show will be available and if desired you can present up to six PowerPoint slides.

It would be advisable to address the three criteria during this time:

  • calibre of yourself as a researcher
  • calibre of yourself as a research leader
  • the proposed research programme. 

If you wish to use PowerPoint, please prepare these slides in advance and email them to the Rutherford Discovery Fellowship Secretariat. Please note that your slides must be emailed to the Secretariat in advance of the interview. The last day for emailing us your presentation will be posted closer to the time.

Please note that you will be asked to change your slides if excessive use of overlaid data etc means that your presentation is effectively more than six slides long. For the remainder of the interview the panel will engage with you in a question and answer format. The interview will have an informal style.

We encourage you to refer to the purpose of the Fellowships and the Terms of Reference prior to the interview.

Unless we have to interview via zoom, the interviews will normally take place at two different locations. The Secretarial will organise your domestic flights if needed to attend the interview. If you are overseas, or otherwise prevented from attending the interview in person, you can ask to interview via Zoom.