Additional submission information

Fellowship applications led by the Engineering theme go through the standard fellowship peer review process; postal peer review, prioritisation panel and then (if successful at this first meeting) to interview two months later. This means that the whole process from application to interview outcome can take about six months. (See Application and Peer Review Process for more detail.)

A rough timetable for submitting fellowship applications to all Engineering Theme areas can be found in the fellowship application guide (PDF).

Engineering person-specification information

In addition to the core fellowship person specification, in particular Engineering is looking for applicants who:

  • Are able to show a high level of creativity and ambition in their engineering research ideas, are able to think long-term, and through high quality, truly innovative engineering research are able to develop new and emerging research programmes or to take more established fields in new and innovative directions
  • Have the desire to reach out across traditional interfaces to other research groups with appropriate basic scientific expertise, and develop potentially transformative research that adds to engineering knowledge
  • Will work to enhance national and international networking, and establish and maintain strong links with industry and users of research
  • Will be able to provide excellent advocacy, and inspirational leadership which extends beyond their immediate research environment into the wider UK research community

To this end we would like to encourage applicants to think beyond their immediate research problem; carefully consider the following questions and the resources they would need to demonstrate the qualities detailed above:

  • Do you have the ambition of building a team around you to deliver your research vision? Do you have a clear plan about how this might be achieved over the duration of the fellowship? What resources do you need to do this?
  • Are you able to demonstrate a high level of flexibility, and can you identify how the award could be used flexibly and differently to deliver a step change in your career trajectory? Might this involve adopting or maintaining a more active role in the operation of your department with continued teaching and administrative duties?
  • Would it be advantageous to have dialogue with the public concerning research issues and decision-making on the scope of projects? Would it be beneficial to have consultations on emerging research results and issues? How might you, through demonstration and explanation, make your research results and project outcomes available to a non-technical audience?