The Royal Academy of Engineering offers Research Fellowships annually to outstanding early career researchers to support them to become future leaders in engineering research. The objectives of the project are:
- to support the best early career researchers in establishing their independence and international relevance
- provide long-term support to advance the pursuit of an ambitious program of engineering research and impact
- create ambassadors for the Academy and advocates for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines
The Royal Academy of Engineering welcomes applications from early career researchers worldwide who have received their Ph.D. the last four years.
The project provides funding for five years. Each application is limited to a maximum contribution from the Academy of £625,000 over five years, at 80% of the full financial cost. However, Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university or a UK research organization that is qualified to receive funding from the UK for Research and Innovation (UKRI).
The 2022/2023 round is accepting applications for the following research fellowship programs:
- Research grant
- Engineering Scholarship for Development Research
In addition to direct financial support, the benefits of Research Grants include:
- an opportunity to build a research track record and in turn be in a stronger position to apply for additional funding and develop your own research team
- mentoring support from an Academy Fellow to offer advice on research and career development
- reducing teaching and administrative duties to devote time to research
- training opportunities
- networking opportunities with other Academy researchers and collaborators
Eligibility for Research Grants
- Research Fellowships must be held by one of the following accredited institutions which can demonstrate that they are able to fully support an engineering-focused research project and researcher: a UK higher education institution/university or an eligible UK research organization for UKRI funding. (A list of qualified research organizations is included in the application guidance notes)
- Research fellowships cannot be jointly hosted by multiple institutions
- The host institution must agree to provide the Researcher with all normal support for a permanent employee.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the host institution to obtain their official approval before applying.
- The proposed research project must be in an engineering discipline. Engineering is defined in its broadest sense, encompassing a wide range of different fields.
- The research grants are aimed at early career researchers. Fellows must hold a PhD, which has been awarded (or the PhD has been unconditionally authorized) no later than four years before the application deadline: Tuesday 20 September 2022. This period includes the candidates’ work experience in academia or / and industry in the UK and/or worldwide. A margin of up to three months beyond the four-year limit is acceptable. If applicants have had maternity/paternity leave or other extenuating circumstances (eg extended sick leave, national service or caring responsibilities) this will be taken into account if the appropriate dates and details are provided on the application form.
- Researchers will be employed by the host institution and are required to devote all of their working time to the work of the Research Fellowship program. The Research Fellowship must be the Researcher’s sole source of employment. The Researcher should be based at the host institution for more than 50% of the Research Fellowship. If the Researcher needs to work more than 50% of the Research Fellowship outside the host institution, justification must be provided on the application form (Choice of Host Institution).
- There are no nationality and age restrictions for applicants. The host institution is responsible for securing all required work permits and related expenses for the Researchers.
- Applicants who have applied to this program in the past and were not successful may reapply. These applications will be considered as new applications.
- Research grants must start between August 1, 2023 and October 31, 2023. The duration of Research Fellowships is five full-time years, prorated for part-time awards. Applications for a smaller Research Fellowship will not be accepted.
- There is a limit to the number of applications that each host institution can submit (see Application Limit).
- Any applications that are incomplete or do not follow the guidelines will be rejected.
- Once applied, it cannot be edited or updated.
How to apply for research grants
Research fellowships must be held at one of the following accredited institutions that can demonstrate that it is capable of fully supporting a research project and an engineering-focused researcher:
- UK higher education institution/university or
- a UK research organization qualified to receive UKRI funding. (The list of eligible research organizations is included in the applicant guidance notes)
In addition, the host institution must agree to provide the Researcher with all normal support for a permanent employee. Research fellowships cannot be jointly hosted by multiple institutions.
There is a limit to the number of applications that each host institution can submit. Host institutions are likely to have an internal selection process which applicants should be informed about in advance.
There are no nationality and age restrictions for applicants. The host institution is responsible for securing all necessary work permits and related expenses for the Researchers.
For more details, please visit the website of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Application deadline: September 20, 2022
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