What are the aims of the fellowship?

What does the fellowship cover?

Which areas of research are eligible?

Are there any age/experience limits for the fellowship?

Are there nationality or other eligibility requirements?

What is the duration of the fellowship?

How many awards are available?

How many applications do you typically receive?

Where can I get copies of the application form and guidance notes?

What are the assessment criteria?

What is covered by the £2,500 support funds?

Can the fellowship be transferred?

Can the fellowship be extended?

Further information 


What are the aims of the fellowship?

The scheme allows academics to be relieved of their teaching and administrative responsibilities in order to concentrate full time on engineering research. The Fellowship covers the salary costs of a replacement academic who will take over the awardee’s teaching and administrative duties for up to one year.

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What does the fellowship cover?

The fellowship covers the salary costs (including pension, NI and any pay awards) of an early career academic who will take over non-research related activities of the awardee for the duration of the fellowship.

Up to £2,500 is also available to the awardee to cover miscellaneous research costs, such as conference attendance and public engagement activities.

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Which areas of research are eligible?

All engineering disciplines are eligible, including computer science and materials.

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Are there any age/experience limits for the Fellowship?

There are no age limits but the applicants should be able to demonstrate sufficient experience to evidence their status as that of a ‘Senior’ Research Fellow.

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Are there nationality or other eligibility requirements?

There are no nationality restrictions but the applicants must currently hold a permanent position at a UK institution.

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What is the duration of the fellowship?

Between one academic term and one year.

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How many awards are available?

Up to seven fellowships will be awarded in the current round.

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How many applications do you typically receive?

In the last round, we received 46 applications.

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Where can I get copies of the application form and guidance notes?

These can be downloaded from the How to apply page.

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What are the assessment criteria?

The following areas are addressed by the panel:

  • How strong is the case for relief from non-research related commitments, the ideal situation being 100% relief requested (ie more time dedicated towards research)? How significant are the likely benefits of the fellowship to the researcher?
  • Is the candidate suitable for a Senior Research Fellowship? Does the candidate demonstrate quality, experience, scientific insight/originality and independence in their research?
  • Quality of the applicant’s proposed research project (including novelty, timelines, ambition)
  • Host institution’s support letter and level of commitment
  • Who are the beneficiaries of this research and how will they benefit? Extent of industrial involvement in the project. Are there any societal or economic benefits arising from the research project?
  • How is the applicant expected to progress after the Fellowship? What are the related long-term benefits? How the applicant will build upon any existing or future collaborations?
  • Has the applicant thought through the proposed dissemination and technology transfer routes? What are the plans for public engagement?

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What is covered by the £2,500 support funds?

Any research-related expenses such as conference attendance, travel, equipment, public engagement activities etc. NB computers are not eligible.

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Can the fellowship be transferred?

No, the fellowship must be held at the institution where the applicant is currently employed and it cannot be transferred to another individual or institution.

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Can the fellowship be extended?

Extensions to the fellowship are not permitted.

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Further information

All questions should be sent to the Research team.