An existing contract will to take precedence over the following answers which are meant only as a guide:

What is the aim of the RAEng Research Fellowship scheme?

How many applications are typically received?

How do I apply?

In which areas must the proposed research lie?

Are there age/experience limits?

Are there nationality or other eligibility restrictions?

I am a member of a multidisciplinary research group - can I apply?

Will you help me find a host institution in the UK so that I can apply?

Can Research Fellowships be held at an industrial institution?

What is the duration of the Research Fellowship?

What does the Research Fellowship provide for?

How many Research Fellowships are available this round?

What is the application process?

What is the closing date for submitting a Stage One application?

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

How can I tell if the letters of support from my collaborators are relevant?

The company that is providing me with a letter of support cannot provide me with one until after the closing date. Can I submit this afterwards?

I've had a paper published since submitting my Stage one application, can I update it?

I am having problems completing the application form, who should I contact?

What is the estimated timescale?

What is the employment status of a RAEng Research Fellow?

When can the Research Fellowship commence?

Can a RAEng Research Fellow move during the course of the Fellowship?

Can the RAEng Research Fellowship be interrupted?

Can RAEng Research Fellows pursue other work during the course of their Research Fellowship?

Can a Research Fellowship be held part time?

Can I take maternity or paternity leave?

Will I be appointed a mentor?

How will the Academy monitor my progress?

Can the Research Fellowship be extended?

Further information

 

What is the aim of the RAEng Research Fellowship scheme?

It is aimed at enabling outstanding early-career researchers to establish an independent research career.

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How many applications are typically received?

We expect to receive approximately 85 applications this round.

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How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted via the online grant system.

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In which areas must the proposed research lie?

Research Fellowships can be held in any engineering discipline. If you are unsure whether your research is engineering then please contact the Research Programmes team.

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Are there age/experience limits?

These Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD no more than four years prior to the submission deadline (12 September 2016). PhD students must have been awarded their PhD prior to commencing a Research Fellowship.

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Are there nationality or other eligibility restrictions?

There are no nationality restrictions and where an applicant applies from outside the EU, the host institution will be responsible for securing the necessary work permits. Applications will be assessed on the assumption that you have obtained the necessary permit.

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I am a member of a multidisciplinary research group - can I apply?

Applications are encouraged from members of multidisciplinary research groups, provided that the research undertaken can be readily classified as engineering by an engineering institution (such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers) and the Research Fellowship is held in an engineering department, school or institute that carries out substantial engineering activity.

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Will you help me find a host institution in the UK so that I can apply?

It is the responsibility of the applicant to make contact with a host institution and gain approval to apply from the central grants office (or equivalent) prior to applying.

It is highly recommended that all potential applicants contact their intended host institution as soon as possible due to the application limit.

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Can Research Fellowships be held at an industrial institution?

Research Fellowships cannot be held at industrial institutions. However research may be carried out with an industrial collaborator, providing the research is relevant to the programme of the Research Fellowship.

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What is the duration of the Research Fellowship?

The duration of a Research Fellowship is 60 months full time (pro rata for part-time awards). Research Fellowships cannot be held for less than 60 months as they are intended for projects of significant scope only.

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What does the Research Fellowship provide for?

Research Fellowships are designed to support successful candidates for a five-year period (or pro rata for part-time equivalent) by providing 80% of the full economic costs of the research programme. The host institution is to provide the remaining 20%.

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How many Research Fellowships are available this round?

It is anticipated that eight - ten Research Fellowships will be awarded.

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What is the application process?

The application processes involves three stages. Stage One requires the submission of the Stage one application form containing a case for support, CV and letter of support from the head of department at the host institution. This documentation will be assessed by a sift panel who will rank-order the applications and select those applicants that will be invited to submit a Stage two application.

Stage two is by invitation only and requires the submission of a Stage two application form containing the full financial details and letters of support from collaborators. This documentation will be submitted to reviewers together with the Stage one application documents. All documentation including reviewers’ comments will then be forwarded to the Stage two sift panel who will rank-order the applications and select the candidates to be invited to interview. Stage three will be a 30-minute interview, held at the Academy.

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What is the closing date for submitting a Stage one application?

The closing date for the 2016/17 round is 4pm on Monday 12 September. Note: there is a limit of applications for all host institutions, please see the How to apply webpage for further information. All applicants will need to consult with the head of department at the intended host institution before applying as their endorsement is required to complete the application.

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

  • The guidance notes can be downloaded from the How to apply page.
  • The application form is only available via the online grant system
  • Applicants will need to liaise with the central grants office of their intended host institution for advice on the allowable costs that are required on the Stage Two application form, should they be invited to submit a Stage Two application.

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How can I tell if the letters of support from my collaborators are relevant?

If you have a collaborator who will be contributing financially or in kind to the Research Fellowship then a letter of support from the collaborator detailing their contribution will be required at Stage Two of the application process. Letters of support which do not clearly state the precise contribution to be made may be rejected or returned for amendment. Letters of support from researchers at the host university will not be accepted.

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The company that is providing me with a letter of support cannot provide me with one until after the closing date. Can I submit this afterwards?

No, letters of support need to be submitted by the closing date. You cannot add these to your application once it has been submitted. In cases where an application refers to a collaborator who is contributing to the grant but does not have a letter of support to corroborate the collaboration, the sift panel will be instructed to consider the collaboration as ‘sought after’ rather than agreed.

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I've had a paper published since submitting my Stage one application, can I update it?

Once submitted, an application is considered final and cannot be updated or amended. The Stage two application allows you to update us on any recent publications. Should you reach the interview stage you can raise any developments directly with the interviewers.

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I am having problems completing the application form, who should I contact?

First, contact the research office at the host institution as they should be able to help with most aspects of the application, particularly the financial details. If you are having problems with the online grant system, you can contact the Academy Research team.

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What are the key dates

  • 12 September 2016 - Deadline for submission of Stage one applications
  • 21 November 2016 - Deadline for submission of Stage two applications
  • 15 & 16 March 2017 - Interviews held

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What is the employment status of a RAEng Research Fellow?

The Research Fellow must be employed solely by the host institution for the duration of the fellowship. The host institution must accept all the normal responsibilities of an employer, and ensure that adequate facilities are made available for the research programme.

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When can the Research Fellowship commence?

All Research Fellowships that are awarded in 2016/17 must start between 1 September 2017 and 31 October 2017.

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Can a RAEng Research Fellow move during the course of the fellowship?

A degree of mobility during the Fellowship may be beneficial. This would include plans to engage in collaborative research at Centres of Excellence overseas, but in such cases the Research Fellow will still be employed by the UK host institution.

Any proposal to transfer the fellowship to a different host institution within the UK would need to be discussed with the existing and proposed host institutions. If the new host institution agrees to host the Research Fellowship, the Academy will normally be agreeable to a transfer should it be justifiable and beneficial for The Research Fellowship.

In such cases the original Research Fellowship would be closed and a new one issued for the balance of the funding period. Such a transfer would rarely be approved within the first or last years of a fellowship. Research Fellowships cannot be transferred to non-UK institutions.

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Can the RAEng Research Fellowship be interrupted?

Research Fellows may interrupt their fellowship once to spend time on activities unsupported by the fellowship but directly related to their research programme. Such periods of abeyance must not exceed 12 months. Prior agreement must be sought from the Academy.

Interruptions are not permitted in the first or last years of the fellowship. Where periods of abeyance are agreed, the Academy may also agree to extend the fellowship by a period of time up to the length of the interruption.

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Can RAEng Research Fellows pursue other work during the course of their Research Fellowship?

Research Fellows are expected to devote 100% of their working time to research related to their fellowship. Up to four hours a week may be spent on teaching and demonstrating, averaged over a year.

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Can a Research Fellowship be held part time?

In certain circumstances a Research Fellowship may be held part time. Requests for the fellowship to be held part time should be made at the time of application.

Alternatively, it can be converted to part-time or back to full-time during the course of the fellowship. The fellowship should be your only form of employment and requests to go part-time in order to pursue other employment opportunities will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

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Can I take maternity or paternity leave?

As employees of the host institution, Research Fellows are entitled to maternity or paternity leave following the host institution’s guidelines. The fellowship will be suspended for the duration of the leave period and extended by a period of time equal to the length of the leave.

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Will I be appointed a mentor?

A mentor will be appointed by the Academy to offer advice and facilitate industrial links as the research progresses. The mentor will be a Fellow of the Academy and will be available to provide formal and informal advice on matters relating to the research programme and career progression.

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How will The Academy monitor my progress?

The host institution will establish a steering group comprising the head of department, the Research Fellow, the Academy mentor and a representative from the Academy's research programmes team. The group will meet formally on an annual basis to review the progress made by the Research Fellow. Prior to this meeting the Research Fellow is required to submit an annual progress report that will be reviewed at the meeting.

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Can the Research Fellowship be extended?

Extensions beyond 60 months are not permitted (see above for exceptions) 

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Further information

All questions should be sent to the Research team.