Please read the How to apply page (and the guidance notes therein) before attempting to complete an application.

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. Applicants will need to be hosted by a UK higher education institute/university. 

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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. Please read the How to apply page before attempting to complete an application.

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In which areas must the proposed research lie?

Research Fellowships can be held in any engineering discipline.

To see the list of categories your research proposal must fit into, please see the Completing the application form section of the applicant guidance document, available on the How to apply page. 

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Are there age/experience limits?

These Research Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD Certificate no more than four years prior to the submission deadline (4 September 2017). PhD students must have been awarded their PhD prior to commencing a Research Fellowship.

If applicants have had maternity/paternity leave or other extenuating circumstances, this will be taken into consideration and negated if the relevant dates and detail are provided within the application. 

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Are there nationality or other eligibility restrictions?

There are no nationality restrictions, but 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.

To see the list of categories your research proposal must fit into, please see the Completing the application form section of the applicant guidance document, available on the How to apply page. 

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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 strongly recommended that all potential applicants contact their intended host institution as soon as possible due to the application limit that applies to all UK higher education institutes/universities.

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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 five years full time (pro rata for part-time awards). Research Fellowships cannot be held for less than five years 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 to ten Research Fellowships will be awarded.

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What is the application process?

The application process is split into three stages:

Stage One

Application deadline: Monday 4 September 2017 at 4pm.

Assuming applications meet the eligibility criteria, they will be assessed by three Fellows of the Academy, both expert and non-expert. This is followed by a Sift Panel to confirm which applications will go through to stage two. The decision is made based on the scores and comments provided by the reviewers.

Stage Two

Applicants informed of outcome of stage one: by Monday 13 November 2017.

Successful applications will be put forward to be assessed by three expert reviewers, again followed by a Sift Panel. The Sift Panel will moderate the reviewers scores and select applicants for interview.

Interviews

Applicants informed of outcome of stage two: by Monday 26 February 2018.

Interviews will take place at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London on 12-15 March 2018. The interviews will be judged by a panel of four and will 30 minutes long. This will include a five-minute presentation from the candidate.

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What is the closing date for submitting an application?

The closing date for the 2017/18 round is 4pm on Monday 4 September 2017.

Note: there is a limit of applications for all host institutions; please see the How to apply page 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 to fill in the requested resources section.

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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. 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 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 2017/18 must start between 1 August 2018 and 30 November 2018.

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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 it, 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 Research 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.

Research Fellowship holders are entitled to maternity, paternity and adoption leave under the host institution’s normal conditions of employment. The Academy will extend the duration of the Research Fellowship pro-rata, to take into account such periods of leave and any conversions to part time working.

Research Fellowship holders with caring responsibilities for children, elderly relatives or dependents should liaise directly with the host institution if they wish to apply for part-time or flexible working.

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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?

Research Fellowships can be held part-time, but the Research Fellowship must be the only form of employment. The request for a part-time Research Fellowship (at no less than 50% of full-time equivalent) must be made clear within the initial application. Alternatively the Research Fellowship can be converted from full-time to part-time, or from part-time to full-time, during the course of the Research Fellowship, assuming the host institution’s HR supports the request.

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Can I take maternity or paternity leave?

Research Fellowship holders are entitled to maternity, paternity and adoption leave under the host institution’s normal conditions of employment. The Academy will extend the duration of the Research Fellowship pro-rata, to take into account such periods of leave and any conversions to part time working.

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Will I be appointed a mentor?

The Programme Manager from the Academy will work with each awarded Research Fellow to identify a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow to be their Mentor. The Mentor’s role will be to support and provide expert advice throughout the Research Fellowship on career pathways and the project direction/outputs.

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How will the Academy monitor my progress?

Research Fellows have to provide a progress and financial summary report to the Academy each year. The Research Fellow, Academy representative and Mentor will meet annually to discuss the report and identify progress being made/future plans. A template is provided for the progress report. Research Fellows will also be asked to provide some key data in-line with each financial year end.

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Can the Research Fellowship be extended?

Extensions beyond five years are not permitted (see above for exceptions). 

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Further information

Please read the guidance document available on the How to apply page before attempting to complete an application. 

If you have any questions, after reading the guidance document in full, please email the  Research team.