Expressions of Interest are now invited for the Round 5 of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships.

If you are interested in applying you will need to submit your internal application Head of Department support no later than 10 February 2020 to your Associate Dean Research, with a copy to

See our proforma template.

Key dates:

  • deadline for submission of internal application: 10 February 2020
  • internal applications informed of decision: 5 March 2020
  • deadline for submission to UKRI: June 2020 (tbc)

More information including full details of the internal selection process

RIS will be running an @Home with UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships on 15 January. There is also a Shut Up and Write on 6 January. More on RIS events.

Dr Patrick Bury, Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, says:

I went to a Shut Up and Write and found it a really useful kick-start for my UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship grant application. The on hand expertise and time and space to organise thoughts around the project were invaluable, as was the support of the Research and Innovation Services team as well. Luckily enough, I was awarded a fellowship worth over £775,000.

Scheme outline

The fifth round of UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships will open shortly, with a UKRI deadline expected in June 2020 (exact date yet to be confirmed).

Future Leaders Fellowships is a £900 million fund that is helping to establish the careers of world-class research and innovation leaders across UK business and academia.

This cross-UK Research and Innovation scheme supports early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories.

The support will enable each fellow to tackle ambitious and challenging research and innovation and develop their own careers.


  • a scheme that is committed to supporting excellent researchers and innovators regardless of their background
  • taking the Fellowships on a part-time basis for personal commitments and/or as part of a job share
  • networking across their cohort of some of the UK’s most talented researchers and innovators from different disciplines and sectors, putting them at the forefront of modern, interdisciplinary research
  • a career boost, including time and investment for training and professional development, providing a route to an open-ended contract for academically hosted fellows (in line with organisational policies and practices)


  • developing, retaining, attracting and sustaining research and innovation talent in the UK.
  • fostering new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors.
  • providing sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators.
  • providing long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.