Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: UKRI policy fellowships 2023

Apply for funding to collaborate with a UK or devolved government host or What Works Network centre on research activity to address pressing national and global challenges.

You will:

  • co-design research with the host organisation to inform policy on a priority area
  • help improve the exchange of knowledge between policy and academic institutions

You must:

  • be based at an organisation eligible for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding
  • have a PhD or equivalent experience

For fellowships with a Whitehall or devolved administration host the full economic cost (FEC) is £170,000. For fellowships with a What Works Network host the FEC is £210,000.

UKRI will fund 80% FEC.

Please note applicants for What Works innovation fellowships should refer to the specific guidance under ‘How to apply: What Works innovation fellowships’. Applicants for all other fellowships should follow the guidance under ‘How to apply: UKRI policy fellowships, government host’.

UKRI held a webinar on 14 March 2023 for this funding opportunity. The webinar includes an insight from a current fellow, presentations from representative host departments, a how to apply section and question and answers. Slides and a frequently asked questions document are also available by emailing ukripolicyfellowships@ukri.org. Watch webinar recording on YouTube.

Who can apply

This funding opportunity is open to academics who hold a PhD or equivalent research experience. As well as relevant subject matter or methodological expertise, experience of working in a policy and knowledge exchange context is beneficial.

Policy fellowship funding opportunities with a UK or devolved government host are aimed at early to mid-career academics.

Fellowships with a What Works Network centre host are open to all career stages.

Please refer to fellowship funding opportunity specifications for detailed eligibility requirements.

Please see the full list of specific fellowship funding opportunities in ‘additional information’ section. These include:

  • an overview of the proposed research areas and policy challenges that the fellowship will focus on
  • the person specification for each fellowship
  • any relevant eligibility criteria, including any security clearance requirements

You must ensure that you are able to meet these requirements before submitting an application.

Person specification

You must:

  • depending on the funding opportunity, be either a researcher in the economic and social sciences, the arts and humanities or in the biotechnology and biological sciences. Or be able to demonstrate how you could generate interdisciplinary insights through combining these disciplines with other recognised academic disciplines. Please see the fellowship funding opportunity specification for more details on eligibility
  • be based at an eligible UKRI research organisation
  • hold a PhD or equivalent research experience
  • meet any additional eligibility and person specification criteria for each fellowship funding opportunity you are applying for (see ‘additional information’)
  • have subject matter and analytical expertise and skills relevant to the specific fellowship you are applying for (see ‘additional information’)
  • be able to work effectively at pace to deliver expected outcomes, including working as part of a team on shared goals
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to translate complex information into meaningful narrative that is accessible to a non-academic audience

In addition, we welcome applications from individuals who can demonstrate:

  • excellent stakeholder engagement and collaboration skills
  • insight into working in a governmental context
  • the ability to design and lead on knowledge exchange activity between research, policy and funder communities

Requirements

Fellows will be required to:

  • sign a fellowship agreement between UKRI (the funder), the government or What Works Network host (the partner) and the relevant research organisation (the employer)
  • meet the security checks and other clearance and declaration of interest processes required by the host (see specific opportunity descriptions)
  • observe the provisions of the civil service code (GOV.UK) and the Official Secrets Act 1989 when hosted by a government department or other public body
  • complete a ‘conflict of interest’ form before being appointed

Fellowship agreements

Please find exemplar fellowship agreements for UK and devolved government funding opportunities and What Works Network funding opportunities under the ‘additional information’ section.

We advise potential applicants and their research organisations to review the relevant template in advance of submitting an application to this funding opportunity. A final version will need to be signed before the fellowship can commence.

Please note there will be a final version of the fellowship agreement developed for each funding opportunity. These may incorporate minor changes from the exemplar including conditions and requirements specific to the host and the particular fellowship funding opportunity.

Attendance and location

Attendance and location requirements are set out in the specific descriptions of each funding opportunity in ‘additional information’.

Travel

In addition, fellows will be expected to undertake and travel for knowledge exchange activities and will be asked to attend events with the wider UKRI policy fellow cohort. Not all these activities can be planned in advance of starting the fellowship.

By applying to the fellowship, you are acknowledging and agreeing to this possibility of additional travel.

Mentorship support

The applicant’s research organisation must:

  • provide mentorship support for early career researchers, including but not limited to:
    • generic project development
    • engagement and dissemination support
    • project-specific thematic, methodological or data support (if necessary). See ‘what we’re looking for’

Experience

Please note that applicants are required to demonstrate that they hold a PhD or equivalent experience. This is to extend eligibility to individuals who have been in a research focused role for a substantial period but have not obtained a PhD.

Being enrolled in a PhD programme or close to finalising one is not sufficient on its own to demonstrate equivalence.

Applicants who wish to make a case for equivalency will need to demonstrate that they have achieved a postdoctoral level of research expertise and experience while working in a professional research role. This is whether or not they are also engaged in a PhD programme. They should demonstrate this through their case for support.

Definitions of early and mid-career researchers

Please note that for the purposes of this funding opportunity we will be using the following definitions of early and mid-career researchers.

Early career research (ECR)

ECR status is not exclusively based on time and is inclusive of people with different career paths and trajectories. You should articulate in your case for support why you believe ECR status applies to you.

UKRI uses the guideline that an ECR is someone who has yet to make the transition to be an independent researcher. Where an independent researcher has submitted their own proposal and taken on the role of principal investigator.

Mid-career research

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, mid-career academics are considered to be researchers who have:

  • already published works of intellectual distinction
  • established a significant track record as an excellent communicator and ‘champion’ in their field

Equality and diversity

UKRI welcomes applications from all sections of the community, in accordance with the Equality Act.

We are committed to supporting the research community in the diverse ways a career can be built with our investments including:

  • career breaks
  • support for people with caring responsibilities
  • flexible working
  • alternative working patterns

We encourage applicants to read our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy.

Applicant webinar

UKRI held a webinar on 14 March 2023 for this funding opportunity. The webinar includes:

  • an insight from a current fellow
  • presentations from representative host departments
  • a how to apply section
  • question and answers

Slides and a frequently asked questions document are also available by emailing ukripolicyfellowships@ukri.org

Watch webinar recording on YouTube.

What we're looking for

Apply for funding for 18 months as an UKRI policy fellow to:

  • be embedded in a UK or devolved government host organisation or What Works Network member
  • collaborate on research activity to address pressing national and global challenges

Scope

Addressing the challenges and opportunities facing citizens, society and the economy requires an integrated, thriving and inclusive research-policy system that can act as a catalyst for innovation, social and institutional change. Central to this is enabling researchers and policymakers to collaborate and build relationships that are rich, deep and can be sustained.

Opportunities that help people move between research and policy communities to share and develop their knowledge and capabilities are a key mechanism to help develop this collaborative, connected system.

ESRC, in partnership with ADR UK, AHRC, BBSRC and UKRI and a range of government hosts and What Works Network members, wishes to fund a cohort of policy fellows. Fellows will provide research and expert advice on the host’s policy priority areas, and support wider knowledge exchange between government and academia.

This high-profile initiative provides a route for you to bring your expertise to bear on critical policy challenges at the heart of government across the UK. As well as to generate new insights into how to best support effective collaboration and knowledge exchange that will shape your career as well as support wider change.

These fellowships are demanding and intellectually stimulating roles, providing an exciting opportunity to combine your specialist knowledge and research expertise with the opportunity to inform decision-makers at the heart of policymaking.

In total this funding opportunity offers 49 fellowship funding opportunities across a wide range of government partners and the devolved administrations, including:

Government hosts

Including:

  • Cabinet Office
  • Competition and Markets Authority
  • Department for Business and Trade
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
  • Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)
  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
  • HM Treasury
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Infrastructure Commission
  • No10 Data Science Team
  • Ofsted
  • Scottish Government
  • Welsh Government
  • Northern Ireland Executive

What Works Network hosts

Including:

  • Centre for Homelessness Impact
  • College of Policing
  • Education Endowment Foundation
  • Wales Centre for Public Policy
  • Youth Futures Foundation

Role of fellows

Fellows will be uniquely positioned to:

  • provide research and expert advice on the host’s policy priority areas, including co-designing and delivering research projects and activities
  • engage in knowledge exchange activities across government and academia
  • join a cohort of fellows to build longer-term networks across research and policy
  • build lasting connections between the policymaking and research communities
  • generate and share new knowledge and insights on effective policy collaboration with the wider research community and with funders of this funding opportunity

For full details about each fellowship available, see the documents in ‘additional information’.

UKRI strategic themes

The fellowship cohort will be organised around the UKRI strategic themes and data and evaluation.

Please find more detail on UKRI themes under objective 5: world-class impacts in the UKRI strategy 2022 to 2027.

Data and evaluation: this is an addition to the UKRI themes. It reflects ESRC, AHRC, ADR UK and BBSRC’s interest in supporting exceptional data-driven and evaluation research, ensuring that decision makers have access to robust social science data and cutting edge evaluation.

Objectives and expectations of fellows

Fellows will:

  • scope and lead research-related activity with the host
  • work closely with hosts to ensure alignment of priorities and that analysis is as robust and useful as possible in driving decisions
  • provide advice and peer review to other aspects of the host’s work
  • support capability building within host in your area of expertise
  • strengthen engagement between government and academia through activities such as:
    • connecting with related UKRI research portfolios, acting as a pipeline for knowledge exchange between them and hosts
    • publishing outputs from analysis produced, subject to clearance processes
    • knowledge exchange activities with academic institutions and other analytical and policy teams within government and intermediaries
  • supporting hosts and funders of this funding opportunity in the evaluation of the fellowship programme and improvement of future schemes

Benefits for fellows

The UKRI policy fellowship scheme offers an exciting opportunity to develop your career and enhance your understanding of applying research in government contexts.

As a successful fellow, your benefits will include:

  • opportunity to undertake cutting edge research, enhance knowledge and potentially access new and novel data
  • opportunity to inform decision-making on the most pressing policy problems of our time
  • a better understanding of government analysis, operations, policymaking, data usage, and priority areas for research
  • ability to build your network of policy and analytical professionals within government and across the What Works Network
  • opportunity to join a cohort of academic researchers across government working to address complex policy questions across and with government
  • potential to influence future policy-academia collaborations
  • opportunity for publication across policy and academia, subject to clearance processes

During your placement you will have line management and support from the host organisation, and throughout your fellowship you will also regularly engage with and receive support from UKRI.

In addition, if you are an early career researcher you will benefit from funded mentorship support from a more senior researcher in your organisation.

Funding available

For policy fellowships with a government host the FEC is £170,000. This is inclusive of funding of up to £15,000 to support:

  • additional placement-specific travel and subsistence costs
  • placement-specific mentorship
  • specific training requirements that are identified during the fellowship (including the inception phase)

For policy fellowships with What Works Network members, the FEC is £210,000 (inclusive of additional £40,000 budget for research and collaboration costs).

What Works innovation fellowships have been allocated a maximum budget of £40,000 per fellowship to cover additional research and collaboration costs in acknowledgement of additional co-production, collaboration and research needs within the fellowship.

These fellowships are available on either a full-time or part-time basis. Please see funding opportunity descriptions in the ‘additional information’ section for full details.

UKRI will fund 80% FEC.

Fellowship duration and phases

Your fellowship award will last 18 months and cover:

  • inception phase for project set up, up to 3 months
  • main placement with host, 12 months
  • knowledge exchange phase, up to 3 months

What you’ll be doing

Fellows will co-design projects and activities with their host and produce analysis to inform government decision-making across a range of policy priorities.

If successful, during the inception stage of the fellowship, you will work with your host to refine the focus and priorities for your placement. Alongside these specific activities, during your placement you will also engage across the host organisation, building effective working relationships and supporting wider knowledge exchange with researchers.

You will also be supported to network and collaborate with fellows in other host departments and What Works Network members, and to connect with relevant research communities. You will have dedicated time within the placement with the host reserved for activities that strengthen engagement between policy and academia, and for engagement with the UKRI’s policy fellow cohort.

Fellows will also be supported for an additional period after the main placement of 3 months to complete agreed knowledge exchange, publication and impact activity.

For full details about each fellowship available, see the documents in ‘additional information’.

Inception phase

The inception phase is expected to commence between October and December 2023 and be used:

  • to co-produce your final fellowship scope, project and planned activities with your host
  • for other preliminary activity required to support this such as data access
  • for induction into the policy fellows’ cohort and training programme
  • completing any necessary onboarding and induction process with your host department and finalising security clearance

Your expected time commitment during this period is up to 0.4 full-time equivalent (FTE). During this period, you will remain based at your home institution but will join in-person or virtual inception meetings with your host and UKRI.

Please note there is more linked administrative data securely accessible for research than ever before. Where relevant we would encourage applicants and hosts to consider whether the use of these new research resources could add value to the project. Please find more details in ADR UK’s brochure (PDF, 1.1MB), an accessible document to understand what data is currently available and the potential of this data.

Placement with hosts

All fellows are expected to start the main placement with their host after the 3-month inception phase and once the project scope has been agreed. You can undertake this placement full or part time (0.6 FTE minimum) for 12 months. See ‘additional information’ for FTE expectations in relation to specific funding opportunities.

During the main placement phase your activities might include:

  • scoping and leading research-related activity with the host
  • providing advice and peer review to other aspects of the host’s work
  • supporting capability building within host department in your area of expertise
  • strengthening engagement between government and academia

Line management and support will be provided by the host and each host will have their specific requirements with regard to place of work (see fellowship funding opportunity descriptions).

During this period, you will also be expected to take up opportunities for connection with UKRI and the wider cohort of fellows.

Knowledge exchange phase

After the placement completes you will return to your home institution and will be supported for up to 3 months to:

  • maximise knowledge exchange and impact through agreed wider engagement and publication activity
  • share learnings about engaging and influencing policymakers with the wider academic community

Your expected time commitment during this period is up to 0.4 FTE. Your plan for activities for this period will be further defined and agreed with your host and UKRI.

During this period, you will continue to be expected to take up opportunities for connection with UKRI and the wider cohort of fellows. After your fellowship award completes, you will join an alumni network to support ongoing opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange.

Outputs and reporting

You will be expected to produce outputs for academic and non-academic audiences based on your work as agreed during the inception phase.

Please note that in some cases published outputs will be subject to clearance by your host, but that all hosts are committed to supporting opportunities for fellows to publish as part of this fellowship.

In addition to standard UKRI reporting requirements, you may also be asked to submit additional information to support wider UKRI strategic objectives and scheme evaluation.

What current policy fellows say

The current cohort are well embedded within their government functions and are having real impact on important policy areas.

Rowena Hill, ESRC policy fellow on climate change to DLUHC says:

The policy fellowship has been revolutionary to inform my understanding of how research and evidence can inform policy. The project work I have been involved in across the department has been highly beneficial to demonstrate to me how my work can make a difference at different points of policy development.

Alongside my project work I have been fortunate to share in discussions when significant areas of policy were built. To see how this is achieved, has been pivotal in how I plan my future career aspirations, and has already made clear difference to the knowledge transfer or demonstration and pull through phases of projects I have designed outside of the policy fellowship.

It’s been a highly significant phase of my career to date and I have already seen demonstrable benefits halfway through the scheduled lifetime of the fellowship.

Daniel Haines, AHRC-FCDO fellowship says:

My fellowship has embedded me with one of FCDO’s geographical research groups, working inside the fast-paced policy process.

The role has given me the rare opportunity to explore contemporary foreign policy issues well outside my academic specialism, while using my expertise on South Asian history to brief policymakers on the lessons that history yields for present-day decision-making.

The work is an enjoyable challenge and FCDO has been a wonderfully supportive environment.

How to apply

Proposals are invited via the Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system attracting the standard 80% FEC funding model.

This guidance is specific to this scheme and should be used in conjunction with the following information:

Je-S help text is available in every page of your Je-S form, simply select the question mark against any section (or on the word ‘Help’ in the top right-hand corner of each page).

Important: where information and guidance issued on this web page differs from the general guidance offered in these sources, you should adhere to the guidance on this web page.

Je-S

All proposals under this funding opportunity must be completed and submitted through the Je-S system. To be able to do this the organisation must be registered for Je-S, and the applicants must hold Je-S accounts.

UK higher education institutions and some other independent UK research organisations (including public sector research establishments) are already recognised institutions on Je-S. A list of these organisations is available on: check if you are eligible for research and innovation funding.

Je-S accounts for applicants

All fellows must have created a ‘fellowship’ Je-S account.

If you already have a Je-S account, you can contact the Je-S Helpdesk to ask them to upgrade it to a fellowship account.

If you do not already have a Je-S account, please create a ‘fellowship’ account.

Please refer to the Je-S help text if setting up a new account.

Please note that the deadline for research organisation submission of proposals is 20 April 2023 at 4:00pm UK time. You should allow sufficient time for completion of the research organisation submission process checks and authorisation.

Organisation internal submission structure

It is recommended that applicants forward their proposal to the organisation submitter pool in good time before the funding deadline to allow a sufficient period for the approval and final submission process.

The proposal must be ‘submitted’ through the Je-S system to UKRI by the institution’s nominated contacts. Once the applicant completes and submits the proposal, notification is then sent to their organisation’s ‘submitter’ to action. The ‘submitter’ is the person in that organisation authorised to approve the proposal and do the final stage of submission.

The applicant will receive an email confirming that the proposal has been submitted to the submitter pool. This means the proposal is still with the organisation but is not yet submitted to the research council.

The final submission process is the responsibility of the host institution, and we cannot accept responsibility for any delay which may occur at this stage. We strongly advise applicants to check that they receive an email confirmation from the Je-S system confirming that the proposal has been submitted to UKRI.

Use of your personal information

UKRI capture and process personal information in line with current data protection legislation; General Data Protection Regulation and any amendments by the UK Data Protection Bill or relevant acts of parliament.

Creating your proposal

To create your proposal:

  • log in to Je-S
  • from the home screen, select ‘Documents’, then select ‘New Document’
  • on the ‘Add new document’ screen, select ‘Call search’ (highlighted at top of screen)
  • when prompted type in the funding opportunity title: UKRI Policy Fellowships 2023 and select from the list created
  • the remaining 3 selection fields will be automatically populated
  • select the ‘Create Document’ button

When applying select:

  • council: ESRC (please select ESRC regardless of the council leading on the funding opportunity applied for)
  • document type: Fellowship
  • scheme: Research Fellowship
  • call/type/mode: UKRI Policy Fellowships 2023

Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the proposal document is created and submitted against the correct funding opportunity (and consequently correct scheme).

We will not accept proposals for processing that are not submitted using the correct funding opportunity route.

How to apply: UKRI policy fellowships, government host

Project details

Select organisation and department from drop-down lists (for example, the research organisation where the fellowship will be held).

‘Your Reference’ should be supplied by your research organisation (consult your research office). If your administration office does not have a system for referencing grant proposals, a suitable reference of your own choice will be acceptable.

Use ‘Your reference’ to help distinguish easily between proposals in users’ current documents lists.

The reference is intended to be a unique identifier for the proposal and is unrelated to the reference that the organisation would be asked to provide if a grant were awarded.

Enter project title (maximum limit of 150 characters). Your project title must be ‘[Opportunity Title] UKRI Policy Fellowship’. For example, MoJ Data and Evaluation UKRI Policy Fellowship. Please note that each funding opportunity has a fellowship title indicated at the top of the funding opportunity description. Please use this at the beginning of your project title.

For ‘Proposal Call’, select UKRI Policy Fellowships 2023. Please note that the option will only be available once the funding opportunity is live (this may have already been pre-populated into the form).

Your start date should not be before 1 October 2023. Your grant should be a proposed duration of no more than 18 months. Please make sure the start date and duration is in line with the required start of the inception phase and duration of the core placement for the opportunity you are applying for, as detailed in the funding opportunity description.

Submission route: it is recommended that once this initial section is completed and saved, check the submission path (via ‘Document Actions’ tab), the proposal has to be signed off by submitters and approvers. Please make sure they will be available to process the document on the day you intend to submit it to council and before the funding opportunity closes on 20 April 2023.

Applicant

There should be a single fellowship applicant for each proposal, to whom correspondence will be addressed. Enter the name of the fellow and details of the fellow’s research organisation and department.

On submission of the proposal the fellow does not necessarily have to be located at the organisation that will administer the grant. However the administering organisation will be required to submit the fellowship proposal.

The fellow will take intellectual leadership of the project and manage the fellowship; this individual will be the contact person for UKRI correspondence.

The named fellow is responsible for ensuring that successful proposals are undertaken and completed in the manner specified.

Eligibility

This opportunity will be open to applicants with a PhD or equivalent research experience.

Policy fellowship funding opportunities with a UK or devolved government host are aimed at early to mid-career academics.

Please check ‘who can apply’ section and the fellowship funding opportunity descriptions for more details on eligibility requirements.

Summary

Please copy the following standard text into the summary section of your proposal. Do not enter any additional text.

Each fellowship will last up to 18 months to cover:

  • a 3-month inception phase for set up activity
  • a 12-month placement with the host organisation
  • an impact phase lasting up to 3 months

Fellows will co-design projects and activities with their host and produce analysis to inform government decision-making across a range of policy priorities. Fellows will also engage across the host organisation, building effective working relationships and supporting wider knowledge exchange with researchers.

This will be supported through their embedded role within the host organisation, including line management support.

Staff duties

Summarise the duties of the fellow (2,000-character limit).

Applicants should clearly stipulate their time commitment for each phase throughout the fellowship, which will last up to a total of 18 months. Applicants are invited to outline their time commitment and expectations of the role in response to requirements set out in the funding opportunity.

The role of any additional staff members involved in the project should also be summarised in this section.

Inception phase for project set up (first 3 months)

Up to 0.4 full-time equivalent (FTE) maximum.

Main placement with hosts

Please refer to fellowship funding opportunity descriptions for more details.

Knowledge exchange and impact

Up to 0.4 FTE maximum.

Additional staff members

The role of any additional staff members involved in the project should also be summarised in this section. Due to the format of this fellowship, additional research staff (for example, research assistants) should not be included, however the following may be included:

  • mentorship support is required for applicants who are early career researchers (ECR). If applicable, the mentor should be identified here
  • any administrative support requirements should also be summarised in this section

Staff

Please ask your research office to assist you with completing this section.

In addition to the applicant themselves, only the following justified staff costs are eligible:

  • a small amount of justified administrative support for the fellow
  • mentorship support is required for ECR applying to the funding opportunity. Justified costs can be requested to support the mentor’s contribution to the fellowship and should be detailed in your justification of resources attachment

If including any such additional support, staff details should be entered here under the appropriate fund heading:

  • ‘Other Directly Allocated’ are those who will be working directly on the project, but whose involvement on the grant can only be based on an estimate of the time the work will take (for example, mentorship for early career applicants)
  • ‘Directly Incurred staff’ are those whose time on the project is actual, auditable and verifiable (for example, the fellowship applicant, administrative support)

Please note that associated project studentships are not permitted for this funding opportunity.

Resources

Your research office will be able to support with this section.

All resources requested must be justified in the justification of resources attachment.

The UKRI policy fellowships with government hosts will provide up to 18 months of justified funding with an overall limit of £170,000 (100% FEC) per grant. If successful, UKRI will meet 80% FEC on proposals submitted and the host institution is expected to support the remaining 20%.

Travel and subsistence

Add each item of justified travel and subsistence required, including:

Inception phase for project set up (first 3 months)

During the inception phase, please budget for at least 1 visit to your host department and 1 UKRI cohort event (likely to be held in Swindon or London).

Placement with hosts (12 months)

If the funding opportunity you apply for does not state explicit requirements of travel to an office, please budget for at least 1 visit per month to the office of your host or to attend cohort engagement activities with UKRI.

Knowledge exchange and impact phase (final stage, up to 3 months)

Please budget for attendance at 1 cohort event.

You should indicate the calculations upon which these figures are based in the ‘Destination and Purpose’ box.

Other directly incurred costs

Eligible costs under this heading include any additional costs associated with the requirements of the inception, placement and impact phases of the fellowship. This may include but is not limited to costs associated with caring responsibilities. Further costs associated with accessibility may also be permissible.

Please budget £15,000 other directly incurred costs for additional flexible fellowship-related placement and impact funds. Please use the following justification wording in justification of resources:

  • research-related costs, including but not limited to participant recruitment, transcription, software
  • training and development requirements including but not limited to specialist software, methodological and data skills, professional development, policy awareness
  • impact enhancement funds including but not limited to networking, organising and attending events such as conferences and workshops
  • additional travel and subsistence

Other directly allocated costs: including support staff salaries, a share of the costs of departmental support staff and the costs of access to major research facilities.

Early career applicants should enter relevant mentorship costs under this heading.

Estates and indirect costs

Estate and indirect costs are specific to each research organisation, and do not require justification in your case for support.

Research organisations that have implemented the Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) methodology and have passed the quality assurance process should apply their own estate and indirect costs.

Non-research organisations that are not required to implement TRAC must have a robust costing methodology in place that has been validated in order to apply their own estates and indirect cost rates. The standard default rates should be used where research organisations have not yet developed their own rates.

Your research office will be able to assist with this section.

Data collection

It is not expected that new data is collected for the UKRI policy fellowships 2023 funding opportunity. This section should be completed by answering ‘No’ to the mandatory question.

Attachments

It is important that applicants only submit the supporting attachments specified on this web page. We reserve the right to reject applications that do not include the required attachments or include attachments not specified in this guidance.

Attachments must be uploaded in PDF (rather than Word) format, to reduce document corruption issues and must be in font size 11 with 2 cm margins and in a permitted font (for example, Arial or Calibri).

The following are mandatory Je-S attachments for this funding opportunity and must be included:

  • case for support
  • justification of resources
  • CV, including 1-page publication summary list, including mentors CV (for ECR)
  • head of department statement

List of publications are optional and must only be included to provide a list of publications that are cited in the proposal.

No other attachments should be included, therefore please do not add proposal cover letters, data management plans or any other attachments.

Mandatory attachments

Case for support (maximum of 4 sides of A4, plus 1 additional side of A4 for those seeking ECR or equivalent research status only)

This is the body of the fellowship application in which applicants must outline how they meet the fellowship criteria. It must not exceed 4 sides A4 in 11-point font. The only exception is for ECR applicants or those making a case for equivalent research experience, who can include up to a total of 1 additional page A4 in 11-point font to cover this information only.

All applicants must use the following headings in their main case for support:

  • opportunity applied for: in this section please state clearly the name of the fellowship you are applying for. If you would be willing for your application to be considered for alternative fellowship opportunities in this funding opportunity if the panel considers this appropriate, please copy the following statement after the title of the fellowship you are applying for: “I consent to the assessment panel allocating my application to a different fellowship opportunity of this funding opportunity based on their assessment of my skills and experience as outlined in my application.” Please specify the relevant fellowship funding opportunities of interest to you
  • motivation in applying for this funding opportunity: in this section please outline why you are interested in becoming a UKRI policy fellow, what you would hope to gain from the opportunity and how you see it fitting into your long-term research career
  • expertise relevant to the specific funding opportunity: in this section please outline your particular expertise in and experience relevant to what is listed as required for the specific funding opportunity you are applying for
  • communicating complex information and analysis: in this section please outline your experience or insights on translating complex information and analysis into meaningful narrative for a non-academic audience, verbally and in writing. For example, public policy engagement within or outside government and politics; provision of expertise to non-academic users; writing reports or giving presentations for the third sector. The examples given are purely for illustrative purposes and are non-exhaustive
  • using expertise in a non-academic context: in this section please outline your experience or insights on using your expertise in a non-academic setting, including the challenges and opportunities of co-production and collaboration between research and non-academic partners. For example, public policy, third sector and business. Applicants are additionally invited to share their understanding of the analytical needs of the specific funding opportunity host and how research expertise may be relevant to these
  • designing and leading knowledge exchange activity: in this section please briefly outline:
    • your experience or insights into the challenges of effective knowledge exchange between research, policy and funder communities
    • your initial ideas for how to address the fellowship’s objectives through knowledge exchange activity during the placement and impact phases
    • your initial thinking on how you would approach refining and prioritising knowledge exchange opportunities during the first half of your placement

ECR applicants or those making a case for equivalent research experiences may include 1 additional page A4 in 11-point font to cover this information only. Relevant applicants must use the following headings on this page:

  • ECR status and mentorship (if applicable): you should articulate in your case for support why you believe ECR status to apply to you. Please find more detail on ECR guidelines in the ‘who can apply’ section. It is a requirement that early career applicants are provided with appropriate mentorship by a more senior academic with relevant experience from within their institutions. If applicable, in this section the mentor should be identified and mentorship arrangements summarised, including support towards generic fellowship development, engagement and dissemination activity. A CV should also be attached for any mentor included on the proposal. Applicants are asked to note that mentors are not subject to government security clearance and will not be able to access all resources and documents available to the fellow.
  • equivalent experience (if applicable): please note that applicants are required to demonstrate that they hold a PhD or equivalent experience. They should demonstrate this through their CV and must explicitly address this in this section of their case for support

Any bibliography for references cited in the proposal should be attached under the ‘list of publications’ attachment; this should not include publications not cited in the proposal. A list of the applicant’s most relevant and recent publications should be included in the applicant CV.

Please pay close attention to the assessment criteria set out in the funding opportunity. Use the case for support to ensure that all elements are addressed in full taking account of information provided elsewhere in the application.

The case for support should be a self-contained description with relevant background and references and should not depend on additional information such as the inclusion of external links. Assessors are advised to base their assessment on the information contained within the application and are under no obligation to access such links (so they should not be used to provide critical information).

Justification of resources (maximum of 2 sides of A4)

A 2-side A4 statement justifying the resources required to undertake the fellowship.

Please refer to the Je-S help text for further guidance.

CV, including 1-page summary publications list (maximum of 3 sides of A4 per applicant)

A 2-page CV for the applicant must be included. This should include:

  • contact details
  • qualifications (including class and subject)
  • academic and professional posts held since graduation
  • a record of research funded by UKRI and other bodies

A 1-page summary list of publications should also be included in this attachment. The total number of pages for this attachment, including both the CV and publication list, should not exceed 3 A4 sides.

Head of department statement (maximum of 1 side of A4)

The head of department at the host research organisation must complete a statement in support of the proposal. This statement must be on headed paper, signed and dated within the period that the funding opportunity is open. The statement should:

  • if the applicant is not currently hosted at the research organisation, confirm that the applicant would be accepted into the department for the purpose of undertaking the fellowship
  • explain how the proposed fellowship would fit in with the department’s wider research programme and confirm their commitment to support the applicant to effectively manage workload to successfully undertake the fellowship
  • confirm commitment to provide (if applicable) appropriate mentorship support for ECR applicants, including but not limited to generic project development, engagement and dissemination support

Please upload this as an ’Other Attachment’ type.

Mentor CV, if applicable (maximum of 3 sides of A4)

If the applicant is an ECR, mentorship support is required.

A CV should be attached for any mentor included on the proposal.

A 1-page summary list of publications should also be included in this attachment. The total number of pages for this attachment, including both the CV and publication list, should not exceed 3 A4 sides.

Optional attachment: list of publications

You must include a list of publications if you have cited publications in your case for support.

Please upload as ‘Other Attachment’ type. Please note publications not cited in the proposal should not be added here.

A list of the most relevant and recent publications should be included in the applicant CV.

Proposal classifications

Please populate the research area, qualifiers, and keyword sections to provide a comprehensive description of your area of expertise.

The proposal classification area replaces the ESRC-specific discipline section and is a harmonised (and expanded) structure agreed across UKRI. Therefore, if your area of expertise crosses the remits of more than 1 council you will now only need to provide the information once.

How to apply: What Works innovation fellowships

Project details

Select organisation and department from drop-down lists (for example, the research organisation where the fellowship will be held).

‘Your Reference’ should be supplied by your research organisation (consult your research office). If your administration office does not have a system for referencing grant proposals, a suitable reference of your own choice will be acceptable.

Use ‘Your reference’ to help distinguish easily between proposals in users’ current documents lists. The reference is intended to be a unique identifier for the proposal and is unrelated to the reference that the organisation would be asked to provide if a grant were awarded.

Enter project title (maximum limit of 150 characters). Your project title must be ‘[Opportunity Title] UKRI Policy Fellowship’. For example, Wales Centre Public Policy Lived Experience UKRI Policy Fellowship. Please note that each funding opportunity has a fellowship title indicated at the top of the funding opportunity description. Please use this at the beginning of your project title.

For ‘Proposal Call’, select UKRI Policy Fellowships 2023. Please note that the option will only be available once the funding opportunity is live (this may have already been pre-populated into the form).

Your start date should not be before 1 October 2023. Your grant should be a proposed duration of no more than 18 months. Please make sure the start date and duration is in line with the required start of the inception phase and duration of the core placement for the funding opportunity you are applying for, as detailed in the funding opportunity description.

Submission route: it is recommended that once this initial section is completed and saved, check the submission path (via ‘Document Actions’ tab), the proposal has to be signed off by submitters and approvers. Please make sure they will be available to process the document on the day you intend to submit it to council and before the funding opportunity closes on 20 April 2023.

Applicant

There should be a single fellowship applicant for each proposal, to whom correspondence will be addressed. Enter the name of the fellow and details of the fellow’s research organisation and department.

On submission of the proposal the fellow does not necessarily have to be located at the organisation that will administer the grant, however the administering organisation will be required to submit the fellowship proposal.

The fellow will take intellectual leadership of the project and manage the fellowship; this individual will be the contact person for UKRI correspondence. The named fellow is responsible for ensuring that successful proposals are undertaken and completed in the manner specified.

Eligibility

This funding opportunity will be open to applicants with a PhD or equivalent research experience.

Policy fellowships with a What Works innovation host are open to all career stages. Please check the ‘who can apply’ section and the fellowship funding opportunity descriptions for eligibility requirements.

Summary

Please copy the following standard text into the summary section of your proposal. Do not enter any additional text.

Each fellowship will last up to 18 months to cover:

  • a 3-month inception phase for set up activity
  • a 12-month placement with the host organisation
  • an impact phase lasting up to 3 months

Fellows will co-design projects and activities with their host and produce analysis to inform government decision-making across a range of policy priorities. Fellows will also engage across the host organisation, building effective working relationships and supporting wider knowledge exchange with researchers.

This will be supported through their embedded role within the host organisation, including line management support.

Staff duties

Summarise the duties of the fellow (2,000-character limit).

Applicants should clearly stipulate their time commitment for each phase throughout the fellowship, which will last up to a total of 18 months. Applicants are invited to outline their time commitment and expectations of the role in response to requirements set out in the funding opportunity.

The role of any additional staff members involved in the project should also be summarised in this section.

Inception phase for project set up (first 3 months)

Up to 0.4 FTE maximum.

Placement with hosts

Please refer to fellowship funding opportunity descriptions for more details.

Knowledge exchange and impact

Up to 0.4 FTE maximum.

Additional staff members

The role of any additional staff members involved in the project should also be summarised in this section.

Mentorship support is required for applicants who are ECR. If applicable, the mentor should be identified here.

Any administrative support requirements should also be summarised in this section.

Staff

Please ask your research office to assist you with completing this section.

In addition to the applicant themselves, only the following justified staff costs are eligible:

  • a small amount of justified administrative support for the fellow
  • research assistance
  • mentorship support is required for ECR applying to the funding opportunity. Justified costs can be requested to support the mentor’s contribution to the fellowship and should be detailed in your justification of resources attachment

If including any such additional support, staff details should be entered here under the appropriate fund heading. ‘Other Directly Allocated’ are those who will be working directly on the project, but whose involvement on the grant can only be based on an estimate of the time the work will take (for example, mentorship for early career applicants).

‘Directly Incurred staff’ are those whose time on the project is actual, auditable and verifiable (for example the fellowship applicant, administrative support, research assistance).

Please note that associated project studentships are not permitted for this funding opportunity.

Resources

Your research office will be able to support with this section. All resources requested must be justified in the justification of resources attachment.

The UKRI policy fellowships with What Works innovation hosts will provide up to 18 months of justified funding with an overall limit of £210,000 (100% FEC) per grant. If successful, UKRI will meet 80% FEC on proposals submitted and the host institution is expected to support the remaining 20%.

Travel and subsistence

Add each item of justified travel and subsistence required, including:

Inception phase for project set up (first 3 months)

During the inception phase, please budget for at least 1 visit to your host department and 1 UKRI cohort event (likely to be held in Swindon or London).

Placement with hosts (12 months)

If the funding opportunity you apply for does not state explicit requirements of travel to an office, please budget for at least 1 visit per month to the office of your host or to attend cohort engagement activities with UKRI.

Knowledge exchange and impact phase (final stage, up to 3 months)

Please budget for attendance at 1 cohort event.

You should indicate the calculations upon which these figures are based in the ‘Destination and Purpose’ box.

Other directly incurred costs

Eligible costs under this heading include any additional costs associated with the requirements of the inception, placement and impact phases of the fellowship. This may include but is not limited to costs associated with caring responsibilities. Further costs associated with accessibility may also be permissible.

In addition to the research and collaboration budget mentioned on this page, please budget £15,000 other directly incurred costs for additional flexible fellowship placement and impact funds. Please use the following justification wording in justification of resources:

  • research-related costs, including but not limited to participant recruitment, transcription, software
  • training and development requirements including but not limited to specialist software, methodological and data skills, professional development, policy awareness
  • impact enhancement funds including but not limited to networking, organising and attending events such as conferences and workshops
  • additional travel and subsistence

What Works innovation fellowships research and collaboration budget

In addition to the £15,000 mentioned on this page, please budget up to £40,000 directly incurred costs for flexible research and collaboration costs.

What Works innovation fellowships have been allocated a maximum budget of £40,000 per fellowship. ESRC will fund 80% FEC to cover additional research and collaboration costs in acknowledgement of additional co-production, collaboration and research needs within the fellowship.

Costings under this funding will be identified by the fellow in consultation with their host institution during the inception phase. The fellow will request the use of this fund, to be agreed with ESRC, by the end of the inception phase in December 2023.

Please note this funding is separate to the fellowship placement and impact budget available to all UKRI policy fellows and it will be available to What Works innovation fellows only.

This funding will be subject to ESRC grants policy and be administered by the fellow’s research organisation (employer).

Full details on how these additional costs will be requested and approved will be shared with successful applicants. Only indicative estimates on the main eligible costs are required at the time of application.

Please budget up to £25,000 for directly incurred staff costs.
Description: research assistant salary for time committed.

Please budget up to £15,000 for other directly incurred costs.
Description: flexible research and collaboration budget, including but not limited to collaborator participation in steering boards and participation in research activity.

Please do add individual activity detail and costs if known, such as:

  • travel and subsistence costs for steering board members attendance at steering board meetings
  • travel and subsistence costs for research participants to engage in research
  • participation fee for participants recruited for research activity

Other directly allocated costs

Including support staff salaries, a share of the costs of departmental support staff and the costs of access to major research facilities.

Early career applicants should enter relevant mentorship costs under this heading.

Estates and indirect costs

Estate and indirect costs are specific to each research organisation, and do not require justification in your case for support.

Research organisations that have implemented the TRAC costing methodology and have passed the quality assurance process should apply their own estate and indirect costs.

Non-research organisations that are not required to implement TRAC must have a robust costing methodology in place that has been validated in order to apply their own estates and indirect cost rates.

The standard default rates should be used where research organisations have not yet developed their own rates.

Your research office will be able to assist with this section.

Data collection

It is not expected that new data is collected for the UKRI policy fellowships 2023 funding opportunity. This section should be completed by answering ‘No’ to the mandatory question.

Attachments

It is important that applicants only submit the supporting attachments specified on this web page. We reserve the right to reject applications that do not include the required attachments or include attachments not specified in this guidance.

Attachments must be uploaded in PDF (rather than Word) format, to reduce document corruption issues and must be in font size 11 with 2 cm margins and in a permitted font (for example, Arial or Calibri).

The following are mandatory Je-S attachments for this funding opportunity and must be included:

  • case for support
  • justification of resources
  • CV, including 1-page publication summary list, including mentors CV (for ECR)
  • head of department statement

List of publications are optional and must only be included to provide a list of publications that are cited in the proposal.

No other attachments should be included, therefore please do not add proposal cover letters, data management plans or any other attachments.

Mandatory attachments

Case for support (maximum of 4 sides of A4, plus 1 additional side of A4 for those seeking ECR or equivalent research status only)

This is the body of the fellowship application in which applicants must outline how they meet the fellowship criteria. It must not exceed 4 sides A4 in 11-point font. The only exception is for ECR applicants or those making a case for equivalent research experience, who can include up to a total of 1 additional page A4 in 11-point font to cover this information only.

All applicants must use the following headings in their main case for support:

  • opportunity applied for: in this section please state clearly the name of the fellowship you are applying for. If you would be willing for your application to be considered for alternative fellowship opportunities of this funding opportunity if the panel considers this appropriate, please copy the following statement after the title of the fellowship you are applying for: “I consent to the assessment panel allocating my application to a different fellowship opportunity of this funding opportunity based on their assessment of my skills and experience as outlined in my application.” Please specify the relevant fellowship opportunities of interest to you
  • motivation in applying for this funding opportunity: in this section please outline why you are interested in becoming a UKRI policy fellow, what you would hope to gain from the opportunity and how you see it fitting into your long-term research career
  • expertise relevant to the specific funding opportunity: in this section please outline your particular expertise in and experience relevant to what is listed as required for the specific funding opportunity you are applying for
  • communicating complex information and analysis: in this section please outline your experience or insights on translating complex information and analysis into meaningful narrative for a non-academic audience, verbally and in writing. For example, public policy engagement within or outside government and politics; provision of expertise to non-academic users; writing reports or giving presentations for the third sector. The examples given are purely for illustrative purposes and are non-exhaustive
  • using expertise in a non-academic context: in this section please outline your experience or insights on using your expertise in a non-academic setting, including the challenges and opportunities of co-production and collaboration between research and non-academic partners. For example, public policy, third sector and business. Applicants are additionally invited to share their understanding of the analytical needs of the specific opportunity host and how research expertise may be relevant to these
  • designing and leading knowledge exchange activity: in this section please briefly outline:
    • your experience or insights into the challenges of effective knowledge exchange between research, policy and funder communities
    • your initial ideas for how to address the fellowship’s objectives through knowledge exchange activity during the placement and impact phases
    • your initial thinking on how you would approach refining and prioritising knowledge exchange opportunities during the first half of your placement

ECR applicants or those making a case for equivalent research experiences may include 1 additional page A4 in 11-point font to cover this information only. Relevant applicants must use the following headings on this page:

  • ECR status and mentorship (if applicable): you should articulate in your case for support why you believe ECR status to apply to you. Please find more detail on ECR guidelines in the ‘who can apply’ section. It is a requirement that early career applicants are provided with appropriate mentorship by a more senior academic with relevant experience from within their institutions. If applicable, in this section the mentor should be identified and mentorship arrangements summarised, including support towards generic fellowship development, engagement and dissemination activity. A CV should also be attached for any mentor included on the proposal. Applicants are asked to note that mentors are not subject to government security clearance and will not be able to access all resources and documents available to the fellow
  • equivalent experience (if applicable): please note that applicants are required to demonstrate that they hold a PhD or equivalent experience. They should demonstrate this through their CV and must explicitly address this in this section of their case for support

Any bibliography for references cited in the proposal should be attached under the ‘list of publications’ attachment; this should not include publications not cited in the proposal. A list of the applicant’s most relevant and recent publications should be included in the applicant CV.

Please pay close attention to the assessment criteria set out in the funding opportunity. Use the case for support to ensure that all elements are addressed in full taking account of information provided elsewhere in the application.

The case for support should be a self-contained description with relevant background and references and should not depend on additional information such as the inclusion of external links. Assessors are advised to base their assessment on the information contained within the application and are under no obligation to access such links (so they should not be used to provide critical information).

Justification of resources (maximum of 2 sides of A4)

A 2-side A4 statement justifying the resources required to undertake the fellowship.

Please refer to the Je-S help text for further guidance.

CV, including 1-page summary publications list (maximum of 3 sides of A4 per applicant)

A 2-page CV for the applicant must be included. This should include:

  • contact details
  • qualifications (including class and subject)
  • academic and professional posts held since graduation
  • a record of research funded by UKRI and other bodies

A 1-page summary list of publications should also be included in this attachment. The total number of pages for this attachment, including both the CV and publication list, should not exceed 3 A4 sides.

Head of department statement (maximum of 1 side of A4)

The head of department at the host research organisation must complete a statement in support of the proposal. This statement must be on headed paper, signed and dated within the period that the funding opportunity is open. The statement should:

  • if the applicant is not currently hosted at the research organisation, confirm that the applicant would be accepted into the department for the purpose of undertaking the fellowship
  • explain how the proposed fellowship would fit in with the department’s wider research programme and confirm their commitment to support the applicant to effectively manage workload to successfully undertake the fellowship
  • confirm commitment to provide (if applicable) appropriate mentorship support for ECR applicants, including but not limited to generic project development, engagement and dissemination support

Please upload this as ’Other Attachment’ type.

Mentor CV, if applicable (maximum of 3 sides of A4)

If the applicant is an ECR, mentorship support is required.

A CV should be attached for any mentor included on the proposal.

A 1-page summary list of publications should also be included in this attachment. The total number of pages for this attachment, including both the CV and publication list, should not exceed 3 A4 sides.

Optional attachment: list of publications

You must include a list of publications if you have cited publications in your case for support.

Please upload this as ’Other Attachment’ type. Please note publications not cited in the proposal should not be added here.

A list of the most relevant and recent publications should be included in the applicant CV.

Proposal classifications

Please populate the research area, qualifiers, and keyword sections to provide a comprehensive description of your area of expertise.

The proposal classification area replaces the ESRC-specific discipline section and is a harmonised (and expanded) structure agreed across UKRI. Therefore, if your area of expertise crosses the remits of more than 1 council you will now only need to provide the information once.

How we will assess your application

Applications will be assessed and shortlisted by a panel of academic and non-academic experts. A shortlist of applicants will be invited to attend an interview with representatives of the host department.

Interviews are expected to take place in July 2023 and will be managed by the host departments or What Works Network centres. After the funding opportunity closes applicants will be informed of shortlisting outcomes and, where applicable, interview dates in due course. Applicants are asked to note that interviews will be run by hosts. Therefore, UKRI will need to pass on shortlisted applications (including applicants’ personal details) to host departments in advance of the interview stage.

We expect the funding decision will be communicated by September 2023.

The panel will assess the quality of your written application and your interview performance against the following criteria:

  • fulfilment of essential and, where relevant, desirable criteria outlined in fellowship funding opportunity descriptions
  • understanding of the analytical needs of the host and an ability to grasp and respond to these effectively at pace
  • subject matter or methodological expertise relevant to the requirements of the specific fellowship
  • the ability to translate complex information and analysis into meaningful narrative for a non-academic audience, verbally and in writing
  • an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of co-production and collaboration including with non-academics
  • the ability to design and lead activity that supports effective knowledge exchange between research, policy and funder communities
  • value for money across all budget areas requested, including where relevant for wider institutional mentorship and support

Please note: in the event of an exceptionally high volume of applications to this funding opportunity it may be necessary to implement an additional pre-panel sift stage.

Contact details

Get help with developing your proposal

For help and advice on costings and writing your proposal please contact your research office in the first instance, allowing sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process.

Ask about this funding opportunity

This funding opportunity is managed by UKRI. Please do not contact the fellowship hosts directly.

Email: ukripolicyfellowships@ukri.org

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Fellowship funding opportunity description documents

Please note, for fellowships listed under the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), these are continuing as usual. But applicants should be aware that following the government’s announcement on the changes to some civil service departments, the roles will ultimately be located in one of the new departments.

For the ESRC fellowship with Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), this will be embedded into the new Department for Science Innovation and Technology (DSIT). However, for the interim period, the process will be run through the DCMS Chief Scientific Adviser’s office.

We will provide more information if you are successful in reaching interview stage.

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DCMS

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Opportunity to use data science, natural science or agronomy to improve understanding of the impacts of the environmental land management schemes.

DHSC

DHSC Securing better health through prevention, Biological Sciences Fellowship (PDF, 244KB)

Opportunity to use biological science knowledge and research skills to improve health policy and NHS and social care service delivery.

FCDO

FCDO Building a secure and resilient world, arms control and non proliferation Fellowship (PDF, 288KB)

Opportunity to use life sciences expertise and skills to support maintenance of prohibitions against the use of chemical and biological weapons.

FCDO Tackling Infections Epidemiology Fellowship (PDF, 287KB)

Opportunity to use skills and expertise in epidemiology to improve FCDO’s preparedness for disease outbreaks and to inform decision making during outbreak responses.

NI Executive

Department of Health Ageing and Wellbeing Bioscience Fellowship (PDF, 242KB)

Opportunity to inform the development of health policy for the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases and the treatment of acute illnesses through community pharmacy based clinical services.

Scottish Government

Scottish Government Tackling Infections Bioscience Fellowship (PDF, 242KB)

Opportunity to create a unique central database of infectious organisms or pathogens isolated and biobanked from multiple species: humans, animals and plants, across Scotland to inform future policy and research.

What Works Innovation Fellowships

Centre for Homelessness Impact

Centre for Homelessness Impact How Policing Can Add Value to Street Outreach Activities Fellowship (PDF, 83KB)

Opportunity to enhance the understanding and evaluation of approaches that enable local authorities, police and other enforcement agencies to work effectively together to address rough sleeping.

College of Policing

College of Policing Sexism and Misogyny in Policing Behavioural Change Fellowship (PDF, 103KB)

Developing and implementing behaviour change interventions aimed at tackling internal sexism and misogyny within UK policing (between colleagues).

College of Policing Measuring Harm for Violence Against Women and Girls Social Research Fellowship (PDF, 88KB)

Opportunity to improve the measurement of harm using police data to better evaluate interventions to reduce domestic and other violence against women and girls.

Education Endowment Foundation

Education Endowment Foundation Fellowship on Recruitment and Retention in Social Services Research (PDF, 85KB)

Opportunity to explore, test and optimise recruitment and retention strategies in social services research.

Wales Centre for Public Policy

Wales Centre for Public Policy Lived Experience Policy Fellowship (PDF, 88KB)

Opportunity to enhance the understanding, capabilities and skills of evidence-generators, policy-researchers, policymakers and practitioners related to including lived experience evidence and involving people with lived experience in their work.

Youth Futures Foundation (YFF)

YFF: Understanding What Makes for Quality Work Fellowship (PDF, 116KB)

Using a mixed methods approach to understand what makes for high quality jobs for young people, understanding the dispersion of quality work around the UK, and working to support firms and policymakers to increase the quality of work.

Fellowship agreements

Please find 2 exemplar fellowship agreements, 1 for UK and devolved government funding opportunities and 1 for What Works Network centres funding opportunities.

These exemplars have been developed in consultation with UKRI legal, central government departments and functions, and the university sector.

We advise potential applicants and their research organisations to review the relevant exemplar in advance of submitting an application to this funding opportunity. A final version will need to be signed by all parties before the fellowship can commence.

Please note there will be a final version of the fellowship agreement developed for each funding opportunity. These may incorporate minor changes from the exemplar including conditions and requirements specific to the host and the particular fellowship funding opportunity.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified of any changes to the final agreement relevant to their application.

UKRI policy fellowship exemplar fellowship agreement (PDF, 479KB)

What Works innovation fellowship exemplar fellowship agreement (PDF, 393KB)

Supporting documents

Equality impact assessment (PDF, 195KB)

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