UKRI has recently announced that Round 7 of its Future Leaders Fellowship programme has opened.
Future Leaders Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers and innovators who are either:
There is no minimum or maximum award value. The project can last up to four years, with the option to apply to renew for a further three years.
These Fellowships are assessed against four criteria:
UKRI's FLF website provides a number of guidance documents to help applicants prepare their application, including:
There is an institutional limit of 4 applications from York. This means that the Fellowships Coordination Committee will be running an internal selection process, to identify which candidates they wish to put forward. Details of this process will follow in due course.
What are the deadlines for Round 7?
Do you have any examples of successful applications?
Benjamin and Luke have shared their applications with us, and if you are applying an application, you should be able to access these here:
Please note that the guidance has changed a little since these were written, and so there may be some changes to what you are required to submit. Please always check and work from the current guidance.
We are grateful to Benjamin and Luke for sharing their applications, and ask that you don't share these applications further without asking.
If you don't have access, but would like to view them, please either 'request access', or send an email to email@example.com.
Does an applicant need to contact UKRI if they are requesting over £1.5m?
The scheme guidance for Round 7 states that, if the applicant is requesting over £1.5m, they must include a cover letter justifying these costs.
If you are seriously considering applying for an FLF, please contact your Department's Research Support Office, who can provide support and advice on the logistics of a Fellowship.
You can also contact the University Fellowship Coordinator, Taryn Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following information relates to funder and University processes and is intended to assist members of Research Support teams (rather than applicants).
For the Outline stage:
RGO notes on the FLF can be found here (version from March 2021):
If you have any queries, please get in touch with your RGO contact.