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UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Round 9 at the University of Edinburgh

Angela Sturniolo, Research Support Officer, highlights the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Round 9 and shares what applicants need to know about the University of Edinburgh internal demand management process for this call.

About the Future Leaders Fellowships

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Round 9 is now open.

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme is for early career researchers and innovators who are transitioning to or establishing independence, or may be developing their own plan within a commercial setting.

The Fellowship offers funding for four years at first, with an option to renew for a further three years. One of the most compelling aspects of this scheme, however, is that successful applicants are expected to be supported with a permanent position after the funded period of the fellowship.

Applications are welcomed from the entirety of the UKRI remit but applications from Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged.

Applicants do not necessarily need to hold a PhD and there are no eligibility rules based on the number of years since your PhD was awarded. However, if you don’t hold a PhD you have to demonstrate equivalent research or innovation experience or training.  The fellowship also offers flexibility to support outstanding individuals:

  • From diverse backgrounds
  • Returning from a career break
  • Wishing to work part-time or in job share
  • Coming to UK from abroad

For more information and guidance on the funder application process, please visit the UKRI website.


University of Edinburgh internal demand management process

The University of Edinburgh is allowed to submit 10 applications and therefore have established an internal demand management process to select the candidates we will put forward.  For candidates that would like to apply to the scheme hosted at the University of Edinburgh, please visit our Edinburgh Research Office website for more details and how to contact your School or Institute.


Attend our online information event

The University of Edinburgh will host an online information session for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Round 9 on 27 March at 11am with the aim of helping applicants to make the most of the University’s application process.  If you would like to attend, please register.


If you would like to know more about being a Future Leader Fellow you can watch this short video produced by UKRI.



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