In cases of uncertainty, and in the absence of an existing contract, the terms and conditions of the award are to take precedence over the following answers which are meant only as a guide.

What are the aims of the Industrial Fellowship scheme?

What does the award provide for?

Who may apply?

Which areas of engineering are eligible?

I have a degree in physics rather than engineering but I teach engineering modules in the school of engineering in a UK university. Am I eligible to apply?

Will you help me find a host institution so that I can apply?

What is the assessment process?

When can the Fellowship commence?

What is the duration of the Fellowship?

I wish to apply for a part-time Fellowship. Can I continue to teach for part of the week or do I have to stop teaching altogether?

Can I have a Fellowship for longer than six months on a full-time basis?

Is the host organisation expected to contribute to the Industrial Fellow’s costs?

Can I go to a non-industrial host organisation?

Can I go on an Industrial Fellowship to more than one host organisation?

I have just started my Fellowship and have discovered that the costs of accommodation at the location of my host company are much greater than I expected. Would it be possible for the Academy to cover these?

How will the Academy monitor my Industrial Fellowship?


What are the aims of the Industrial Fellowship Scheme?

Fellowships provide the opportunity to gain industrial experience by working on a collaborative research project with industry. Fellowships are expected to result in significant improvements to teaching activities.

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What does the award provide for?

The award contributes to the basic salary cost (excluding overheads) of the applicant (including National Insurance and superannuation) paid pro rata against the amount of time to be spent at the industry host.

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Who may apply?

Applicants should be early to mid-career academics (lecturer, reader or equivalent). Professorial candidates are not eligible for this scheme. Applicants should hold a permanent academic post at a UK university.

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Which areas of engineering are eligible?

All engineering disciplines are eligible.

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I have a degree in physics rather than engineering but I teach engineering modules in the school of engineering in a UK university. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, you are. As long as you teach engineering modules you are eligible to apply. The Academy takes a broad view of what engineering encompasses and this includes ICT.

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Will you help me find a host institution so that I can apply?

Applicants are expected to identify and approach their own industry host and the Academy will not assist in this process.

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What is the assessment process?

An assessment panel consisting of Fellows of the Academy will review the applications and select the successful applicants.

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When can the Fellowship commence?

All Fellowships awarded in the current round must start in September 2019. 

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What is the duration of the Industrial Fellowship?

Awards can be for three months to two years full-time or up to four years part-time. Fellowships can be held part time at a minimum of 25% full time equivalent.

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I wish to apply for a part-time Industrial Fellowship. Can I continue to teach for part of the week or do I have to stop teaching altogether?

Fellowships may be held at a minimum of 25% part time. As long as you give a full commitment to the aims and objectives of your secondment for the required time, you may continue to teach during the rest of the week. Your intention to hold the secondment part-time must be declared as part of the application.

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Can I have an Industrial Fellowship for longer than six months on a full-time basis?

Yes. However, please note that the Academy will only contribute up to a maximum of £50,000 per annum towards the salary costs (excluding overheads) of the applicant paid pro-rata against the amount of time to be spent at the industry host.

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Is the host organisation expected to contribute to the Industrial Fellow’s costs?

Contributions towards costs from the host organisation, while not a compulsory part of the scheme, are expected. Industry hosts should demonstrate a level of commitment via an auditable in-kind contribution and/or an appropriate cash contribution. It is expected that this industrial contribution would be made proportionate to the size of the company (for more information please refer to figures 1 and 2 of the guidance notes). Exceptions will be considered for smaller companies, where this would not necessarily be a requirement. These exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis at the full discretion of the Steering group (for both Route 1 and 2 applications [please refer to figures 1 and 2 of the guidance notes]). Applicants who are looking to collaborate with an SME are encouraged to apply.

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Can I go to a non-industrial host organisation?

Applications for Fellowships to non-industrial host organisations can be accepted providing that you can clearly demonstrate that the experience gained will be equivalent to working in industry and will impact directly on the courses the applicant teaches. For example, Fellowships have been approved to a hospital where mechanical engineering techniques were applied to the treatment of spinal injury patients, and to a local authority for work in the area of environmental engineering. Fellowships to universities are not accepted.

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Can I go on an Industrial Fellowship to more than one host organisation?

Yes, if it can be demonstrated that this will provide added value to the Fellowship.

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I have just started my Fellowship and have discovered that the costs of accommodation at the location of my host company are much greater than I expected. Would it be possible for the Academy to cover those?

Unfortunately, no. The Academy does not get involved in post-award negotiations related to the award values and any travel and other expenses should have been accurately assessed at the time of your application.

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How will the Academy monitor my Industrial Fellowship?

Awardees are responsible for ensuring that the knowledge and skills acquired through the Fellowship are appropriately disseminated and applied once the Fellowship has ended. A final report on the Fellowship is to be submitted to the Academy within one month of the completion of the award. A follow-up report must also be submitted to the Academy one year after the completion of the Fellowship to asses the longer term impact. The host organisation will also be required to contribute to reports. For Fellowships longer than 12 months, the awardee must submit an annual progress report to the Academy, which will be reviewed and evaluated 

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