The 6th round of UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships is expected to open shortly, with a UKRI deadline in January 2021 (exact date yet to be confirmed by UKRI).

Potential applicants should submit their internal application (proforma template) no later than 7 September 2020 to the Associate Dean Research (ADR) of the host faculty and

Due to the requirement for host contribution to fellows salary and offer of an open-ended post after the fellowship, all applications must be strongly supported by the Head of Department.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome soon after the University Panel Meeting, around 1 October 2020 (tbc); Unsuccessful candidates should seek feedback from the host Department (Director of Research or Head of Department) or the ADR.

Key criteria for this scheme:

  • quality and excellence is vital: applicants must demonstrate exceptional potential to be world-leading, and plan to address a multi-faceted Research or Innovation challenge

  • applicants need to be clear on what they will gain from the long-term, flexibility offered by the scheme: what is the added value of an FLF for the applicant and/or why are standard grants or RC Fellowships not optimal?

  • FLFs are for early career academics and offer a step-change (existing Fellows announced here)

  • enhanced host commitment and tailored support for the fellow is crucial (e.g. bespoke career development opportunities, mentoring, facilities access)

  • strong applicants can demonstrate that they have considered leadership and career development for themselves and the staff they plan to employ on the award

  • applicants may only have one fellowship under consideration by any part of UKRI at any one time, unless explicitly stated otherwise

Further information including full details of the internal selection process.

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