RCUK has received funding through the National Productivity Investment Fund to develop a fellowship programme targeted at early career researchers (ECRs). These fellowships will be a step change in the support provided by the Research Councils to the research leaders of the future, enabling some of the UK’s most talented researchers to undertake major new innovation orientated, intellectual endeavours.
Applications of up to £250k (fEC) are invited through a highlight notice in the Leadership Fellows Scheme. The RCUK/UKRI Innovation Fellowships will allow ECRs to explore interdisciplinary research challenges and partnerships to the economic benefit of the UK.
For this highlight notice some of the eligibility of the Leadership Fellows Scheme has been waived and so it is important to read the FAQ and call documents before applying.
There are three thematic strands under which applications can be made
- Creative and Digital Economy Innovation Leadership Fellows
- Inter-disciplinary Interface Innovation Leadership Fellows
- Rutherford Fund Fellows- specifically aimed at non UK applicants.
Applicants should apply under the strand which most strongly reflects their research focus and their own circumstances.
For the Rutherford Fellows the proposed research will need to fall within the scope of one of the other strands (a or b).
Closing Date: 31/05/2018
Applications to the highlight notice can be submitted from Wednesday 25th October 2017 and no later than 4pm on Thursday 31st May 2018. Applications will need to go through the appropriate institution submission process. Applications should be submitted using the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System (https://jes.rcuk.ac.uk/).
How to make an application:
To meet the aims of the UKRI Innovation Fellowship Scheme, there are some modifications to the standard AHRC Leadership Fellows (ECR route) scheme which applicants need to consider and these are outlined in the call document. All other requirements are as normal for early career AHRC Leadership Fellows, as specified in the AHRC Research Funding Guide.
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