Research Software Engineer Fellowships 2020

The contribution of Research Software Engineers (RSEs) to research outcomes is increasingly recognised within the UK research landscape. Research Software Engineers are key members of computational research teams who provide the critical skills required to develop, support and evolve software to tackle the research challenges they face.

The RSE Fellowship scheme aims to recognise the contribution of RSEs who are driving the development of high-quality research software and demonstrating leadership in embedding the vital role of software in disciplinary and institutional research cultures. An RSE Fellowship is a personal award, designed to provide the recipient with the necessary support to contribute to these aims. Fellows are provided with significant resources in order to pursue their vision and establish or develop RSE activities within their institution.

The role of the RSE Fellow is expected to be fully integrated and supported by their Host Institution. As such, an application to this call will require significant effort and co-ordination with your Host Institution to supply the required documentation and endorsements.

This Research Software Engineer (RSE) Fellowships call will provide support for a further cohort of RSE Fellows for a period of up to five years.

Candidates are invited to submit an outline proposal in the first instance. To manage demand, applications from each host organisation will be capped at two. Outlines will be considered by an expert panel. Successful applications will be invited to submit full proposals which will be considered by an expert panel, resulting in an invite to interview.

Up to £4.5 million of funding is available from EPSRC to support approximately four to eight RSE Fellows in the EPSRC remit for a duration of up to five years and up to £0.6 million of funding is available from STFC to support one RSE Fellow in the STFC remit for a duration of up to five years.

The deadline for submission of outlines is 16:00 on 18 August 2020.



Outline Call Open

30 June 2020

Deadline for Outlines

18 August 2020

Call Opens for Invited Full Proposals

22 September 2020

Deadline for Full Proposals

17 November 2020


February 2021

Funding decision

March 2021

Grant start date

1 April 2021

If you have any questions about the call, please contact: