The fourth round of UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships will open shortly, with a UKRI deadline in October 2019 (exact date to be confirmed).

Potential applicants should submit their internal application (proforma template no later than 5 July 2019 to the Associate Dean for Research (ADR), with a copy to

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.


The key criteria for this scheme are:

  • quality and excellence - 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 researchers/academics and offer a step-change; not for already established academics or those who have benefited from significant fellowships - see round 1 funded applicants
  • enhanced host commitment and tailored support for the fellow is crucial, e.g. career development opportunities
  • strong applicants consider 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

Full details of the internal selection process.

RIS is running @Home with UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships on 14 June.