Information and Communication Technologies
The ICT theme prioritises fellowship applications based on their alignment with the stated EPSRC cross-ICT priorities, rather than restricting applicants to specific research areas. Applications are invited from all ICT research areas at the Early Career and Established Career stages. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the individual research area narratives when making their application to support their application (see the Information and communication technologies theme page). The ICT theme do not offer fellowships at the postdoctoral career stage, however this does not prevent senior postdoctoral applicants from considering their fit with the Early Career Fellowship person specification.
The following section describes the current ICT fellowship priorities, which were launched on 14 February 2017.
Current ICT Fellowship Priorities
At the Early Career stage, as a minimum requirement, fellowship applicants must articulate how their chosen research addresses the People at the Heart of ICT EPSRC cross-ICT priority. Applicants may further support their applications by considering how their research addresses the other EPSRC cross-ICT priorities, although this is not mandatory.
At the Established Career stage, as a minimum requirement, fellowship applicants must articulate how their chosen research addresses both the People at the Heart of ICT EPSRC cross-ICT priority and the Cross-Disciplinarity and Co-Creation EPSRC cross-ICT priority. This additional requirement is placed upon Established Career Fellowship applicants because there is a greater expectation of applicant’s ability to address these priorities at the Established Career stage. Applicants may further support their applications by considering how their research addresses the other EPSRC cross-ICT priorities, although this is not mandatory.
For reference, the complete list of current EPSRC cross-ICT priorities is provided here:
- Data-Enabled Decision Making
- Future Intelligent Technologies
- Safe and Secure ICT
- Cross-Disciplinarity and Co-Creation†
- People at the Heart of ICT*†
- New and Emerging Areas
*Mandatory for Early Career Fellowship applicants
†Mandatory for Established Career Fellowship applicants
All fellowships are key investments, and recipients should demonstrate a commitment to these priorities which is beyond that expected from holders of other types of award. Any application that is not considered to fully meet both the requirements and the spirit of the mandatory EPSRC cross-ICT priorities may be rejected prior to postal peer review.
Other EPSRC fellowship opportunities of relevance to ICT researchers
In addition to the ICT fellowships described above, please note other opportunities for fellowships in related areas.
Cybersecurity (Early Career and Established Career fellowships only)
Fellowship applicants interested in research relating to cybersecurity are advised to apply through the ICT theme, addressing the Safe and Secure ICT EPSRC cross-ICT priority, or through the Digital Economy Theme, addressing the Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security priority. Applicants to the ICT theme must still address the current mandatory priorities as described above.