What are Future Leaders Fellowships

Future Leaders Fellowships support talented people in universities, businesses, and other research and innovation environments. They also allow universities and businesses to develop their most talented early career researchers and innovators or to attract new people to their organisations, including from overseas.

You could apply for funding over four years both to tackle ambitious and challenging research and innovation and to develop your career.

Funding can be extended for up to a further three years to support long-term focus on a particular area of research or innovation and continued career development.

The aim of the scheme is to develop the next wave of world-class research and innovation leaders in academia and business. It is also open to international applicants looking to take up a role at a UK-based organisation. You can receive funding for work in all research and innovation areas supported by UKRI.

Fellowships are a partnership with a host organisation, typically a university or business. Hosts should commit to providing an open-ended UK-based independent research and/or innovation position either during or on completion of the fellowship.

Support for diverse career paths

Future Leaders Fellowships support people on diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. They support excellent researchers and innovators whatever their background.

Fellows and host organisations benefit from:

  • a flexible scheme that allows part-time working and job share
  • the opportunity to network and collaborate with talented researchers and innovators from different disciplines and sectors
  • time and investment in training and professional development.

We support fellowships across the whole remit of UKRI, including those carrying out interdisciplinary and cross-sector research.

Fellowships awarded

We expect to offer over 500 fellowships under this scheme between 2018 and 2021. Many have already begun work on fellowships across a wide range of research and innovation areas.

View our database of fellows to find out who has an award, their range of disciplines and how to get in touch with them.

Round 5 results

Supporting business careers

The Future Leaders Fellowships support both fellowships based at businesses and fellowships working collaboratively with businesses. We have the flexibility to accommodate business needs and changes in business circumstances.

How to apply

See the latest open opportunity: Future Leaders Fellowship round 6, for information on applying.

Contact us for more information.

Email: fellows@ukri.org

Last updated: 11 February 2022

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