Applications for this scheme are now open and must be received by 4pm on Monday 10 April 2017.

Eligibility criteria

  • Fellowships must be held at a UK Higher Education Institute in a department that can show it is capable of fully supporting the research project and researcher.
  • The proposed research project must address one of the topics outlined on the website (also included at the end of this document).
  • These Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD no more than five years prior to the submission deadline.
  • PhD students are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn.
  • The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position (lecturers are not eligible).
  • UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellows are required to devote all their working time to the Fellowship and this must be their only source of employment.
  • There are no nationality restrictions. For applicants from outside of the EU the Host Institution will be responsible for securing the necessary work permits.
  • No security vetting is required as part of the Fellowship scheme but by applying to this scheme you are agreeing to be vetted if it becomes necessary during the course of the work. Candidates are asked to declare any reasons why they might not be eligible to work in this area and should be aware that there is currently a 5 year residency requirement for non-UK citizens.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to make contact with the Host Institution and gain the formal approval from the relevant Head of Department prior to submitting an application.
  • Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be rejected.

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Government Office for Science are committed to diversity and welcome applications from women and other groups who are currently underrepresented across science and engineering.