Introduction

Ten international fellows have joined The Alan Turing Institute as part of the government’s Rutherford Fellowship scheme that brings highly skilled researchers to the UK.

The Rutherford Visiting Fellowships are supported by the Rutherford Fund which aims to help maintain the UK’s position as a world leader in science and research by attracting highly skilled researchers to the UK. Launched in July 2017, the Fund includes more than £100 million over the next four years to support the provision of fellowships for international research talent.

These fellowships have been awarded to early-career and senior researchers who have begun their research by April 2018 (running for a duration of six to 12 months). The fellowships bring talented new researchers to the UK from the following leading research nations: Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Pakistan, Turkey and the USA.

The fund is named after Ernest Rutherford, one of the UK’s most distinguished scientists, the father of nuclear physics, a Nobel Laureate, holder of chairs at the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge, and, crucially, an immigrant – who came to the UK at the age of 24 from New Zealand.