Future Leaders Fellowships
Future Leaders Fellowships will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure a vibrant environment for research and innovation in the UK. The scheme is open to researchers and innovators from across business, universities, and other organisations. We welcome applicants from around the world.
Investment of up to £1.2 million over four years, with the ability to extend to up to seven years, will enable the next generation to benefit from outstanding support to develop their careers, and to work on difficult and novel challenges.
We want to fund the best fellows no matter what their background. The Future Leaders Fellowships scheme has been developed with unprecedented levels of flexibility to support applicants from a wide range of experiences, disciplines and sectors.
How to apply
Applicants must apply to the scheme with the support of their host organisation. This page provides information for the applicants and their host on how to apply.
There will be six calls for these fellowships between 2018 and 2021, awarding around 100 fellowships per call.
Updates to Round 4
A number of changes to the scheme have been implemented for Round 4 and we would encourage all applicants to read the revised guidance for applicants.
Through these changes the Future Leaders Fellowships aim to provide increased flexibility, acknowledging the diversity of needs across different organisations and sectors.
To encourage business hosted applications additional flexibility and emphasis on flexibility are being trialed for rounds 4 and 5. This is in direct response to the feedback from business. The aim of the scheme remains developing a researcher or innovator and capability that is nationally or internationally leading edge, and goes beyond what other, smaller project grants could support.
Scheme flexibility includes:
The fellowship may be made up of a single programme of work, or through multiple consecutive or concurrent interlinked projects led by the fellow (a ‘Portfolio Fellowship’). Where multiple shorter projects are spread over the 4 or 4(+3) years, applicants should ensure the proposed research/innovation is of sufficient scale and ambition to maximise the potential and career prospects of the fellow.
Flexibility where the direction of the fellow’s project changes part way through the grant, or the fellow is no longer able to continue the grant.
For business hosted fellows only, recognising state aid restrictions, business hosted fellows may spend up to 40 percent of their time on unfunded activities which are essential to their career, but are not directly relevant to the fellowship (a ‘Reduced Hours Fellowship’).
While we expect that the level of capability being aimed for will usually need sustained development over four years we recognise that a change in business circumstances may mean an award is relinquished early.
Applications that address programmes of innovation, are business led, collaborate with business or that encourage the movement of researchers between academia and business, are particularly encouraged to apply to Round 4.
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