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How to apply

Round 6 guidance

Updated guidance for Round 6 is now available in the ‘Documents’ section below.

Applicants must apply to the scheme with the support of their host organisation. This page provides information for the applicants and their host on how to apply.

There will be six calls for these fellowships between 2018 and 2021, awarding around 100 fellowships per call.

Contact the team

The Future Leaders Fellowships Team can be contacted at fellows@ukri.org to answer any queries not addressed by the guidance and documents below. However, UKRI cannot confirm eligibility prior to application and applicants must demonstrate how they meet the person specification as part of their submitted proposal.

Please note that we are experiencing a higher volume of emails than usual but will attempt to answer your email in a timely manner. We appreciate your patience and support in this matter.

Before applying

If you have further queries, see the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 157KB) (please note this document will be updated regularly).

Outline proposal

Outline proposals are mandatory for each applicant intending to submit to Round 6 of this scheme. The deadline for receiving these is 16:00 on 10 December 2020.

ALL applications to the R6 Outline call must be submitted through Je-S. This is a change from previous rounds (for business-based applicants) and applicants should note the timescales for Je-S registration. Guidance on registering Organisations and Individuals is available in the Documents section.   

  • Applicants in host organisations that are not registered with Je-S  (for example, businesses that have not previously applied for a UKRI grant) will need to register their organisation on Je-S, and create individual accounts for any named staff on the grant before creating the application. Applicants should ensure that they allow sufficient time to register on Je-S. Please see the ‘How do I register with Je-S?’ document for more information. Business host organisations do not need to complete the separate IRO registration process in addition in order to apply.
  • Applicants in host organisations that are already registered with Je-S (universities, research organisations and some businesses) will not need to register their organisation before submitting but must ensure that they allow sufficient time to register themselves on Je-S.  Applicants must also ensure that personal Je-S accounts have been created for any named staff on the grant. Please see the ‘How do I register with Je-S?’ document for more information.

The Outline proposal will need to cover basic details about the proposal, including any co-investigators and project partners, a summary of the proposed fellowship, research/innovation objectives, and other information as appropriate. Full information is in section two of the Guidance for Applicants.

If you do not submit an Outline proposal to Round 6 on or before this deadline, then you will not be able to submit a Full application to this round.

Full application

Full applications for Round 6 must be submitted by all organisations via Je-S by 16:00 on 19 January 2021.

Full details of how to complete the application form, and the information you will require in order to do this, are contained in the Guidance for Applicants. (PDF, 505KB) Links to other scheme documentation and templates are under Documents, below.

Planned timing / deadline   Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6
Je-S opens for mandatory outline proposals   2 April 2019 2 September 2019 26 March 2020 10 November 2020
Je-S opens for full applications   16 April 2019 12 September 2019 21 April 2020 3 December 2020
Mandatory outline proposal closes on Je-S   2 May 2019 8 October 2019 2 June 2020 10 December 2020
Je-S full application deadline   30 May 2019 7 November 2019 30 June 2020 19 January 2021
Latest possible PI response invite (Please note: 10 working days to respond)   25 October 2019 24 April 2020 27 November 2020 TBA
Shortlisting meetings   26-27 November 2019 w/c 1 Jun 2020 w/c/ 1 February 2021 TBA
Interview Panels   29-30 January 2020 w/c 27 July 2020 w/c 22 March 2021 TBA
Decisions communicated   w/c 2 March 2020 w/c 17 August 2020 w/c 19 April 2021 TBA
Mandatory latest start date for all awards   1 November 2020 1 February 2021 1 July 2021 1 February 2022**

**Applicants should note the mandatory latest start date and should ensure that this requirement has been discussed with their Research Support office and other related departments.


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