Applications for the 2019/20 round are now closed.

The outline guidance notes for 2015/16 are available below for information, this will give some idea of what we may be looking for in future rounds. Please note criteria may change from year to year and this is for reference only. - See more at: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/leverhulme-research-fellowship/how-to-apply#sthash.lUdPnIMd.dpuf
The outline guidance notes for 2015/16 are available below for information, this will give some idea of what we may be looking for in future rounds. Please note criteria may change from year to year and this is for reference only. - See more at: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/leverhulme-research-fellowship/how-to-apply#sthash.lUdPnIMd.dpuf
The outline guidance notes for 2015/16 are available below for information, this will give some idea of what we may be looking for in future rounds. Please note criteria may change from year to year and this is for reference only. - See more at: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/leverhulme-research-fellowship/how-to-apply#sthash.lUdPnIMd.dpuf
Unless otherwise stated, all Research Fellowship information applies to the Engineering for Development Research Fellowships.
Application process

Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university in a department that can show it is capable of fully supporting an engineering-focused research project and researcher. In addition, the host institution must agree to provide the Research Fellow all the support normal for a permanent employee.

There is a limit on the number of applications each host institution can submit. Institutions/universities are likely to have an internal selection process that applicants must find out in advance.

There are no nationality and age restrictions for applicants. The host institution is responsible for securing all necessary work permits and related costs for the Research Fellows. 

Please read the Applicant Guidance Notes for Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships 2019/20 for full details of what RAEng Research Fellowships are and how to apply. 

Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships guidance notes (553.74 KB)

All applications must be submitted via the Royal Academy of Engineering’s online Grant Management System (GMS).

Grants management system

 

Selection process

The scheme has a three-stage selection process:

  • Stage one: general reviews

Each eligible application will be assessed by three non-expert reviewers (Academy Fellows or former Research Fellows). The selection of applications proceeding to next stage assessment is made by a sift panel (consisting of Academy Fellows).

  • Stage two: expert reviews

Each selected application will be assessed by three expert reviewers, whose have areas of expertise in the proposed research. This will be followed by a shortlist panel to select the most competitive applications to proceed to Stage three: interviews.

  • Stage three: interviews

Interviews will take place at the Academy in London. Each interview will be judged by a panel of four to five Academy Fellows and will be 30 minutes long. This includes a five-minute presentation from the candidate. Following the interviews, the panel will rank the applications and select the top ranked candidates for awards. 

The assessment criteria include the following subjects:

  • Candidate
  • Research quality and vision
  • Research environment
  • Resource and management
  • Beneficiaries and impact

Please read the Reviewer Guidance for Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships 2019/20 for full details of the RAEng Research Fellowships selection process. 

Reviewer Guidance for Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships 2019/20 (152.08 KB)

 

Post-award guidance

Research Fellowship contract will be signed between the host institution/university and the Academy. The research fellowship grant will be paid directly to the host institution/university as outlined in the contract.

Research Fellows will be employed by the host university/institution and 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.

The Academy’s will work with each awarded Research Fellow to identify an Academy Fellow to be their mentor. The mentor will support and provide advice on the Research Fellow’s research and career development during the research fellowship.

Research Fellows are required to submit a progress and financial summary report to the Academy each year. The Research Fellow, Academy representative and mentor will meet annually to discuss the progress being made and make plans.

Please read the Mentoring and Reporting Guidance for Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships for full details of the RAEng Research Fellowships mentoring and reporting requirements.

Mentoring and Reporting Guidance for Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships (758.62 KB)

 

If you have any questions or queries, please refer to the FAQ page. If your question is not covered there, then please contact the Research team.