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How to apply


There is general guidance for the UKRI community about our work and how it is changing in response to the current situation. It is being updated regularly but if there are any major changes impacting the Future Leaders Fellowships scheme they will be published here.

Round Four 

The assessment of Round Four applications to the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships scheme continues. 

We are modifying some of the ways in which we are working. The Round 4 Future Leaders Fellowships sift and interview panels due to take place in June and July will no longer take place in person. We will run these on-line and will confirm the details over coming weeks. 

We have increased the PI response time from 5 to 10 working days. 

There may be some minor slippage (days) in the published timetable.

Round Five

The timetable and deadlines are still as published.

FLF seeks to boost the careers of excellent researchers and innovators, no matter what their background. We recognise that the current situation may present additional difficulties to some of those intending to apply. While we are generally maintaining the deadlines for Round 5 applications, if there are any clear examples about why the existing deadlines are problematic for you please email the team via fellows@ukri.org.

Please remember that the FLF outline stage is not assessed. An overview e.g. title and subject area are enough to allow us to plan resources. There is therefore flexibility to further develop full proposals as required following submission of an outline.

R5 guidance

Updated guidance for R5 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 expecting 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, 469KB) (please note this document will be updated regularly).

Outline proposal

Outline proposals are mandatory for each applicant intending to submit to Round 5 of this scheme. The deadline for receiving these is 16:00 on 30 April 2020.

  • Applicants in host organisations that are not registered with Je-S (for example, businesses that have not previously applied for a grant from a research council) can submit their outline proposal through an online form. You will still need to register with Je-S later if you wish to proceed and submit a full application.
  • Applicants in host organisations that are already registered with Je-S (universities, research organisations and some businesses) will need to submit their outline proposal through that grant management system. You should ensure sufficient time to create Je-S accounts for both the fellow and any co-investigators.

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 and other information as appropriate. Full information on what information you will need to include in your outline proposal is in section two of the Guidance for applicants.

If you do not submit an outline proposal for Round 5 before this deadline, then you will not be able to submit a full application to this round.

Full application

Full applications for Round 5 must be submitted by all organisations via Je-S by 16:00 on 2 June 2020.

If you submit an outline proposal via the web form, you will need to create an account on Je-S in order to submit a full application. You should allow sufficient time to do this.

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, 966KB) Links to other scheme documentation and templates are under Documents, below.

Planned timing / deadline


Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Je-S opens for mandatory outline proposals


1 September 2018

2 April 2019

2 September 2019

26 March 2020

Je-S opens for full applications


w/c 17 Sept 2018

16 April 2019

12 September 2019

21 April 2020

Mandatory outline proposal closes on Je-S


10 October 2018

2 May 2019

8 October 2019

30 April 2020

Je-S full application deadline


31 October 2018

30 May 2019

7 November 2019

2 June 2020

Latest possible PI response invite

(Please note: 5 working days to respond)


28 March 2019

25 October 2019

24 April 2020


Shortlisting meetings


w/c 13 May 2019

26-27 November 2019

w/c 1 Jun 2020


Interview Panels


w/c 17 June 2019

29-30 January 2020

w/c 13 July 2020


Decisions communicated


w/c 15 July 2019

w/c 2 March 2020*

w/c 10 August 2020


Mandatory latest start date for all awards


1 February 2020

1 November 2020

1 February 2021


*date amended from w/c 11 February 2020

Expected closing dates for future rounds

  • Round 6: Jan 2021 (tbc)


Call Documentation:


Assessment Information: