University Enterprise Fellowships only:

  • Applicants must be working in research at a UK Higher Education Institute, in an engineering department (or engineering focussed research area) and must have a PhD or equivalent experience. PhD students are eligible to apply, but must receive their PhD before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn. Note, all levels of academic are eligible, from third-year PhD students all the way through to Professor. The scheme is not aimed exclusively at 'post-doctoral' researchers 
  • The Host Institution must be committed to transferring and exploiting the particular technology via a spin-out, in which the Enterprise Fellow will be playing a leading role (CEO/COO). If at the time of application, the Host Institution has not yet decided whether to exploit the technology by licensing to an industrial partner or to exploit via the spin-out route, the decision will need to be made to pursue the spin-out route before an applicant can be invited for interview


London Innovation Fellowships for Engineers only:

  • See University Enterprise Fellowships above 
  • The host institution must be a London-based university 


Graduate Enterprise Fellowships only:

  • Applicants must be based in the UK and be currently studying for, or have been awarded their very first degree, no earlier than 1 January 2012. Additionally, the degree must be in engineering, design, IT, or a related discipline. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply, but must receive their degree before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn 
  • The Fellowship is intended for applicants who lack the support structure provided by well-established employers. Awardees cannot be employed by a university or well-established company during the period of the award. You may apply while employed by such an established organisation, but must leave the organisation prior to commencing the award. You may be employed by the start-up business to which the application relates, although it must still be in the start-up phase. You may have been through an accelerator programme, but should not be on one during the award


Reece Foundation Graduate Enterprise Fellowships:

  • See Graduate Enterprise Fellowships above
  • The applicant must commit to base the startup company in the Northeast region of England. 


Global Talent Enterprise Fellowships only:

  • Applicants must be living and working outside of the UK and must not be a UK citizen at the time of the application
  • Applicants must be active researchers in a relevant field, within a university or academic research institute, and must have received their full PhD between 1 January 2013 and 1 January 2018. Applicants from industrial establishments are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants would be expected to leave their employment prior to commencing the award and relocating to the UK. They may be employed by the start-up business to which the application relates, although it must still be in the start-up phase. You must not be on an accelerator programme during the award.
  • Applicants must be able to provide evidence of English Language proficiency to the accepted standard (please see Annex A of the Global Talent Enterprise Fellowships guidance notes)


All applicants:

  • Applicants must show commitment to the objectives of the scheme and may only use the award to establish a business that develops an innovative product or service emerging from past research or projects
  • The proposed innovation must be an innovation or invention in engineering and/or technology. Engineering is defined in its broadest sense, encompassing a wide range of diverse fields
  • To make the most of the training and support provided by the Hub, the proposed innovation must be at Technology Readiness Level four or above (see further guidance below), and must expect to be able to produce a minimum viable product within the next two years
  • To maximise the potential benefit of the training and mentoring on offer, the innovation should still be in the early stages of development and not currently available to the market other than as a prototype/minimum viable product with limited
  • The applicant must have appropriate intellectual property rights to utilise the innovation as envisaged, be it through a patent, licence, trade secret etc.
  • Awardees are expected to spend the vast majority of their time pursuing the objectives of the award, as this is a full-time award
  • Applicants should have a viable proposition with a large market opportunity and ambition to grow significantly to ensure that the engineering innovation becomes available to the public where it can be of societal benefit
  • The awardee will be expected to play the leading role in the development of the business, as the CEO or COO for at least the duration of the Fellowship. Training is more beneficial and effective when there is a clear opportunity to put it into practice in the immediate future, which can only be achieved if you are in a leading role
  • The innovation should not need further fundamental research work to be undertaken, irrespective of how closely it aligns with the aims of the Fellowship. You may engage in limited product development; however your primary role will be to develop the business
  • Prior experience of commercialisation activities is not essential, the desire and capability to succeed is more important and we will equip you with the necessary skills through a programme of training and mentoring
  • Only one application is allowed per applicant
  • Only one application is allowed per start-up/innovation, please select an appropriate lead applicant
  • Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible
  • Applications must be for a project or company which has not previously been in receipt of a Hub Fellowship, i.e. other staff associated with the project must not be former recipients of a Hub Enterprise Fellowship
  • Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be rejected
  • Applicants must be able to attend the interview in person to be considered for award. The interviews will be held in central London six to eight weeks after the submission deadline. Applicants for the Global Talent Enterprise Fellowships must attend an interview via Skype.
  • As a charity we will accept applications for Social Enterprises, note however that this is not a requirement, or even a preference – both commercial and social enterprises are treated equally. Remember that a financially viable and self-sustaining social enterprise will have greater impact than one which fails for lack of funding
  • The project under the Award must start on 1 March 2018 and formally end 28 February 2019. Naturally, you will likely continue with the project after this. Applicants for the Global Talent Enterprise Fellowships must be able and willing to relocate to the UK to begin the Fellowship on 1 March 2018.
  • Assessment of an application will be at the Academy’s absolute discretion

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the Programme Manager to discuss.