UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Scheme
Proposals are invited for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF). This multidisciplinary fellowship scheme aims to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK, by providing up to seven years of funding, for at least 550 early-career researchers and innovators, across all areas of the Research Councils’ and Innovate UK’s remit.
Fellowships can be held at any UK-based organisation currently registered as eligible to apply to the Research Councils (e.g. Higher Education Institutes, Research Council Institutes and eligible Independent Research Organisations), or Innovate UK. Companies or other privately owned research organisations are encouraged to host UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships if they can provide an Innovation and/or research environment of international standing.
There will be six calls for the FLFs, with two calls taking place each year over the next three years. Applications can be submitted in any area of research or innovation covered by the Research Councils and Innovate UK.
Is it for me?
We strongly encourage early career researchers in the arts and humanities to make the most of this opportunity, which is unprecedented in its size and scale.
Professor Roey Sweet, The AHRC’s Director of Partnerships and Engagement, said “The Future Leaders Fellowship scheme represents a transformational opportunity for early career researchers in the arts and humanities.
“The significance and the length of these prestigious awards are unprecedented in arts and humanities funding and they will give the opportunity for the brightest and best to realise their boundless potential.
“With the call open to researchers from all disciplines, we anticipate there will be stiff competition, but those who are successful will be able to cement their careers. Strong representation from our community will further reinforce the UK’s position as a world leader in arts and humanities research.”
Many of those who are eligible for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships will also be eligible for AHRC’s Leadership Fellows scheme, and vice versa. To help you to consider which Fellowship scheme might be the best fit for your project, we have outlined the differences between the two schemes.
|AHRC Leadership Fellows (ECR route)||UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship|
|Organisational eligibility||UK HEIs and recognised IROs||UK HEIs, UK-registered businesses, recognised IROs, and RC institutes and laboratories;
collaborating hosts can include charities, government departments, community groups, non-UK HEIs, companies and research organisations
|Subject area eligibility||AHRC remit||anything fundable by RCs and Innovate UK|
|Host organisation commitment||
|Length of award||1-2 years||4 + 3 years (with progress review)|
|Nature of contract||
|Amount of award||£50k - £250k||no maximum, but awards over £1.2m (at 80% FEC) should be discussed in advance with UKRI staff|
|Assessment format||Office sift, peer review, PI response, panel moderation||Office sift, peer review, PI response, panel moderation, panel interview|
Further details about the scheme, eligibility criteria, and how to apply may be found on the Future Leaders Fellowships call page at: www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/future-leaders-fellowships.