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Future Leaders Fellowships In UK For International Researchers 2019


The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class.


The support offered will be long-term and flexible and will provide comprehensive package of support, including the fellow’s salary and justified research, staff and training costs.



The future leaders fellowships will entail seven years of support available on a 4+3 model, with a review in year four. The case for support should make clear the long-term aims of the programme, and why they matter – while providing more specific plans and costings for the first four years.

For business applicants, those in the user community or other applicants, four years’ support may be sufficient and there is no need to apply for a further three years of funding if this is not required. Successful applicants will have the intellectual and financial freedom to develop and change direction over this period.


The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships aim to award 50 fellowships.


The future leaders fellowships is awarded yearly. Application for this fellowship is called twice per year. You are strongly advised to visit this website regularly for more fellowship opportunities.


Scholarships can be taken in the United Kingdom (UK).


This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils’ institutes and laboratories.

The FLF scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants and individuals should use the person specification to assess and justify their suitability for the scheme. The support of the institution will be a critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research/innovation independence in any area supported by UKRI.

The objectives of the scheme are:

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles.


There will be six calls for these fellowships; two calls per year between 2018-19 and 2020-21 (financial years), typically awarding at least 100 fellowships per call across UKRI’s remit.

This is a single scheme across the entire UKRI remit, with no ringfenced budgets for specific areas and no barriers to interdisciplinary or cross-sector research.

Timing of first and second rounds

Applications to the first round of the call are now closed.

Outline Proposals (Expressions of Interest) are mandatory for each applicant intending to submit to the second round of this call. Host Organisation support for the submission of the Outline Proposal must be sought and agreed before the Outline Proposal is submitted.

The Outline Proposal will be available to complete from 1st September 2018. All Outline Proposals must be submitted by 16:00 on 10th October 2018.

Creating the Je-S outline proposal form:

  1. From the applicant’s Je-S account home page, select ‘Documents’ from the left-hand menu list, then select ‘New Document’ from the functions section near the top of the page
  2. Select Council: MRC (MRC are hosting the FLF proposals on behalf of UKRI)
  3. Select Document Type: Outline Proposal
  4. Select Scheme: UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Outline
  5. Select Call: UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Outline Oct 2018
  6. Select ‘Create Document’

Host organisations will receive confirmation of receipt of the Outline Proposals, either via Je-S or via Smart Survey.


Full applications must be submitted via Je-S by 16:00 on 31st October 2018 for the second round of this call. Full details are available in the ‘Overview of the scheme’ and ‘Completing the application form’ documents below.

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