"Future Leaders Fellowships will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure a vibrant environment for research and innovation in the UK. The scheme is open to researchers and innovators from across business, universities, and other organisations. We welcome applicants from around the world.
Investment of up to £1.5 million over four years, with the ability to extend to up to seven years, will enable the next generation to benefit from outstanding support to develop their careers, and to work on difficult and novel challenges.
We want to fund the best fellows no matter what their background. The Future Leaders Fellowships scheme has been developed with unprecedented levels of flexibility to support applicants from a wide range of experiences, disciplines and sectors."
Please note: York undertook its internal selection process for FLF Round 7 in August and early September 2022. This has now finished, and we are no longer accepting new Expressions of Interest. However, Round 8 is likely to open in early 2023, so Departments/Schools may wish to begin working with prospective applicants to think about future applications to the scheme.
If you feel FLF is the scheme for you, we expect Round 8 to open in early 2023, so you may wish to begin developing an idea of the programme of work you'd like to carry out in preparation for this. More details will follow when UKRI officially announces Round 8.
The University will likely make announcements on the schedule for Round 6 in late summer/early Autumn 2020
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:
Please note: the process below relates to Round 7. The process for Round 8 may be different - if it changes, this page will be updated by the end of 2022 and details will be circulated via YRAF and CDRCs.
In Round 7, 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.
Nominated Departmental candidates will be required to complete this Google Form ahead of University level internal assessment. This Google Form mirrors the current UKRI EoI and will facilitate smooth information transfer from the candidate to UKRI systems once the selection process is complete. In addition, a full up-to-date academic CV with complete publication list must also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12th February 2020;
Successful Departmental candidates complete the Expression of Interest (EoI) form and prepare a 4-page CV.
Candidates send the form and CV to the Chair of their Departmental Research Committee to complete the statement of support and sign the form off.
DRC Chair submits the completed forms and CVs to Taryn Bell (email@example.com) by 5pm, Monday 8 August 2022.
EoIs reviewed and decisions made by the Institutional Peer Review Panel (including the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Associate Deans (Research), and additional disciplinary co-opted members as required)
All exceptional candidates will be given the required institutional approval to progress their applications. EoIs must be submitted by the candidate to UKRI in April (final dates to be announced). Applicants will be responsible for submitting their individual full applications using JeS in May 2020 (final dates to be announced);
In addition, for rounds 5 and 6, the applicants are expected to fill in a short form (reusing much of their EOI information) but which should also include financial information. This form (attached) will be considered by the Fellowship Co-ordination Committee, in parallel with the FLF internal selection panel, for central University of York financial support of any successful FLF application. This form should be submitted alongside the Google form by 12th February 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notification of UoY process and dissemination to Departments
w/c 13th January 2020
Candidate nomination by Departments. DRC Chair email to Catherine Hardman; Google Form and CVs to be submitted by applicant, also to Catherine Hardman.
12th February 2020
Review by Management Group
w/c 24th February 2020
Notification of candidates
w/c 2nd March 2020
External UKRI EoI deadline
to be announced (we assume April)
External full application deadline
to be announced (we assume May)
What are the deadlines for Round 7?
As always, remember that York's internal deadlines are always at least a week earlier than the funder's deadline.
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.