Applications for 2020 round are open on 20 January 2020 and closed at 4pm on Monday 06 April 2020.

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 contact the host institution and gain the formal approval from the relevant head of department or school before submitting an application.
  • The proposed research project must address one of the research topics outlined at the end of the applicant guidance notes.
  • UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are aimed at early-career researchers. Applicants must have a PhD, which was awarded no more than four years before the submission deadline: Monday 06 April 2020. This time period includes applicants’ work experience in academia or/and in industry. A margin of up to three months more than the four-year limit is acceptable. If applicants have had maternity/paternity leave or other extenuating circumstances, this will be taken into consideration if the relevant dates and details are provided in the application form.
  • PhD students are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD (or the PhD has been unconditionally approved) before they start the Research Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn.
  • The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position.
  • UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships must commence between 01 October 2020 and 01 December 2020. The duration of a Research Fellowship is two years full-time, calculated on a pro-rata basis for part-time awards. Requests for a shorter Research Fellowship are not accepted.
  • UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellows will be employed by the host 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.
  • 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 UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellows.
  • Applicants who have applied to this scheme before and were unsuccessful are eligible to reapply.
  • 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 or non-EU citizens, applicants should be aware that there is a 5-year continuous residency in the UK requirement prior to the commencement of the Research Fellowship.
  • Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidance 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.