The Royal Academy of Engineering offers Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early-career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering. The scheme's objectives are to:
- support the best early-career researchers in establishing their independence and international reputation
- provide long-term support enabling the pursuit of an ambitious programme of engineering research and impact
- develop ambassadors for the Academy and advocates for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines
The Academy welcomes applications from early-career researchers worldwide who have been awarded their PhD in the last four years. The scheme is funded by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) and provides funding for five years. Each application is capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £625,000 over the five-year period, at 80% of full economic costs. Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university or at a UK research organisation eligible to receive UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding.
The 2023/24 round accepts applications for the following research fellowship schemes:
- Research Fellowship
- Engineering for Development Research Fellowship
In addition to the direct financial support, the scheme benefits include:
- An opportunity to establish a research track record and in turn be in a stronger position to apply for additional funding and grow own research team
- Mentoring support from an Academy Fellow to offer advice on research and career development
- Reduction of teaching and administrative duties to dedicate time to research
- Training opportunities
- Networking opportunities with other Research Fellows and Academy Fellows
Please refer to the guidance notes on the How to apply page for full details.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Royal Academy of Engineering is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all underrepresented groups across engineering. It is the Academy's policy to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged or receives less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
For all queries, please contact the Academy's research programmes team at email@example.com