Scheme 2018/19 is now open for applications. Submission deadline is 4pm, Monday 24 September 2018.


Eligibility criteria applies to both RAEng Research Fellowships:

  • Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university in an engineering department or in a department that can show it is capable of fully supporting an engineering focused 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 be in an engineering subject area. Engineering is defined in its broadest sense, encompassing a wide range of diverse fields.
  • Research Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers. Applicants must have a PhD and have been awarded their PhD Certificate no more than four years prior to the submission deadline, Monday 24 September 2018. If applicants have had maternity/paternity leave or other extenuating circumstances, this will be taken into consideration if the relevant dates and detail are provided within the application.
  • The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position, e.g. lecturers (including fixed-term-contract lecturers) are not eligible.
  • 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 will be responsible for securing all necessary work permits.
  • Applicants who have applied to this scheme before and were unsuccessful are eligible to re-apply.
  • Research Fellowships must commence between 1 August 2019 and 31 October 2019. The Academy may extend this period based on funding opportunities.
  • There is a limit on the number of applications each host institution can submit. Applications which do not come within this limit will be disregarded. Institutions/universities are likely to have an internal selection process that applicants must find out about.
  • Applications for the Engineering for Development Research Fellowships must meet the Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines. The country/countries, which will directly benefit from the proposed research, must be on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.
  • Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be rejected.