The Leaders in Innovation Fellowships Programme (LIF) brings together the emerging leaders in the global innovation community, providing them with access to high-quality skills training focused on commercialisation, a network of peers in their own country, the UK and around the world, and a rich and varied experience with immediate and long-term benefits for their innovations.

The programme welcomes individuals with an interest in entrepreneurship and have an engineering based innovation that has the potential to contribute to the social and economic development of their country.

The LIF programme is a year-long programme of bespoke support including:

  • Expert mentoring
  • On-going support at the home institution
  • Access to an international network of peer innovators and mentors
  • Access to resources, webinars and opportunities on the LIF online community
  • In-country and regional events

The training is highly tailored to each participant’s unique goals and challenges, as well as covering business fundamentals like business modelling, sales and marketing, leadership, value proposition and finance. Participants benefit from expert mentoring and support, as well as membership of a thriving LIF alumni community.

LIF partner countries

The Leaders in Innovation Fellowships programme is being delivered by the Academy as part of the UK Newton Fund which, through a variety of science and innovation activities, supports the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. This year we are working with 17 Newton Fund countries: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, The Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

For information about how to apply, please visit:

How to apply

To explore the innovations championed by LIF and get in touch with alumni, please visit our LIF Online Community

LIF Innovation Profiles

For more information, please contact the LIF Team.