Applications for 2019 are now closed.

Eligibility criteria

  • Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university in a department that can show it is capable of fully supporting the research project and researcher
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to make contact with the host institution and gain the formal approval from the relevant Head of Department prior to submitting an application
  • The proposed research project must address one of the topics outlined on the website (also included at the end of this document)
  • Research Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD no more than four years prior to the submission deadline, Monday 1 April 2019. If applicants have had maternity/paternity leave or other extenuating circumstance, this will be taken into consideration if the relevant dates and detail are provided within the application
  • PhD students are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD before they start the Research Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn
  • Research Fellowships must commence between 1 October 2019 and 1 December 2019
  • The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position, e.g. lecturers are not eligible
  • UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellows are required to devote all their working time to the Research Fellowship. The Research Fellowship must be the Research Fellow’s only source of employment
  • Applicants have no nationality restrictions. The host institution of the research fellowship will be responsible for securing all necessary work permits and related costs
  • Applicants who have applied to this scheme before and were unsuccessful are eligible to re-apply
  • No security vetting is required as part of the Research Fellowship scheme, but by applying to this scheme the applicant is agreeing to be vetted if it becomes necessary during the Research Fellowship. Applicants are asked to declare any reasons why they might not be eligible to work in this area (see Statement of Support and Declaration in the application form). For non-UK citizens, applicants should be aware that there is a 5-year continuous residency requirement prior to the commencement of the Research Fellowship
  • Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines will be rejected

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Government Office for Science are committed to diversity and welcome applications from women and other groups who are currently underrepresented across science and engineering.