Fellowship Scheme updates:
EPSRC Fellowships are changing. Key characteristics of the new funding opportunity will include:
- Increased opportunities at early career stage onwards;
- Opportunity for applicants to focus on discovery science, innovation, instrumentation/technique development or software engineering or to include non-technical elements to create positive change in the research community
- Allows a high degree of freedom, flexibility and support for talented and ambitious researchers.
The new guidance document “EPSRC Post-doctoral and Open Fellowships Guidance” contains details of the assessment criteria and applications process so that applicants can work on their proposals in advance of the scheme formally opening for applications.
- Applications that are already under development can continue to be submitted under the existing scheme until 14 December 2020, should candidates wish to do so.
- Applications under the new scheme will also be accepted from 30 November 2020 onwards.
- Researchers that currently hold an EPSRC Fellowship will be not be affected.
The EPSRC Fellowship aims to provide greater support to aspiring and current world-leading individuals who are delivering the highest quality research to meet UK and global priorities. Through links to our strategic priorities and focusing on areas where growth is required, EPSRC Fellowships develop the next generation of researchers with the greatest potential across the postdoctoral, early and established career stages. The EPSRC Fellowship is a personal award which enables applicants to design a flexible package to facilitate delivery of a novel and outstanding piece of world-leading research. Fellowships also support training for the duration of the award to enable them to develop research leadership skills, raise the profile of STEM and EPSRC and gain the experience required to enable them to advance their career.
EPSRC's Capability and Challenge themes regularly review and prioritise the areas in which Fellowships will be offered. This is an ongoing process and will be updated on a regular basis throughout the Delivery Plan period.
Across all themes, Digital Economy Fellowship Priority Areas, Energy Fellowship Priority Areas, Engineering Fellowship Priority Areas, Healthcare Technologies Fellowship Priority Areas …
It is expected that eligible Research Organisations (see the UK Research and Innovation page on eligible Organisations) who wish to submit fellowship proposals to EPSRC will identify a number of suitable candidates as specified by the guidelines and within the defined research area and career stage. Research Organisations should only put forward the most able applicants.
The EPSRC Fellowship offers a high degree of support for flexible working and for the individual’s own career goals.
This section gives details of how to manage your time during your Fellowship, including your responsibilities and those of your host organisation. The pages also link to information on transferring or moving your Fellowship, applying for other EPSRC funding, and extending or pausing your Fellowship.
EPSRC occasionally offers Fellowships in partnership with external organisations, or with partner Research Councils across UKRI. Please note that these Fellowships may have different application and review requirements and processes. EPSRC Fellowship calls can be found on the EPSRC Calls Page. UKRI Fellowship calls can be found on the UKRI Calls Page.
EPSRC recognises the need for inspirational scientists and engineers to lead excellent research and therefore we invest in people with leadership potential at all career stages. The fellows gallery exhibits the profiles of some of our current fellows, information on their research and how the Fellowship has influenced their career.
For general and theme-specific fellowship queries, please see our list of contacts. Alternatively, you can contact the People & Fellowships Team directly at: ResearchCareers@epsrc.ukri.org.