The Royal Academy of Engineering welcomes Science Minister Ian Pearson’s announcement this week of the prestigious UK international research fellowship and alumni programme, to be run jointly by the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Research Councils UK.

The fellowship scheme will be an important tool in establishing the UK as a partner of choice for research collaboration, helping UK researchers to build international networks with the best partners abroad and attracting outstanding researchers to the UK.

The new scheme will allow scholars to carry out research in the UK for up to two years and will include a follow-up package of support for up to ten years. By 2009 it is hoped there will be 100 scholars. An alumni engagement programme will encourage the scholars to maintain their UK links after they have finished their research.

“This is an excellent opportunity to create new international collaborations and to stimulate UK research and I am delighted to be working with our sister Academies and Research Councils UK to make it happen,” says Philip Greenish, Chief Executive of The Royal Academy of Engineering. “Engineering is becoming central to society’s effort to address climate change and many of the other pressing issues that require international cooperation in research.”

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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