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We are currently supporting candidates during the preparation of applications to Round 6 of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships scheme, and this page now includes information to support this.

If you're not currently preparing an application and are looking for more information on the FLF scheme, we are currently unsure of whether there will be future rounds of this scheme, or whether there will be a replacement for this scheme. If you'd like to explore other alternative Fellowship opportunities that are available, we have a list of currently available fellowship opportunities (sorted by Faculty area) that may help your initial searches.

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

Lichman -- application

Mackinder -- application

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 let me know

Fellows at University of York

The University currently has three Future Leader Fellows:

Dr Fay Alberti - Department of History (Round 1)

Fay's project, About Face, traces the emotional and cultural histories of facial disfigurement, reconstruction and transplantation between the 1950s and the present. Building on Fay’s research on the history of cosmetic surgery (and advisory work for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics), and her work on heart transplantation and bodily identity, this project brings an interdisciplinary lens to the recent emergence of face transplants as a viable form of surgical innovation. About Face connects to Fay’s wider interests in identity, gender, technology and ‘looks', especially in the digital age, and the links between appearance matters, emotional health and wellbeing.

Dr Benjamin Lichman - Department of Biology (Round 1)

Benjamin's project investigates how a small tree, native to East Asia, could help in the creation of new medicines. The Daphniphyllum macropodum shrub produces an array of complex nitrogen-containing chemicals that are unlike any other known chemicals from plants, animals or microbes and have been shown to have anti-cancer and anti-HIV properties.

Dr Luke Mackinder - Department of Biology (Round 3)

Luke's project investigates how algae converts carbon dioxide into organic molecules during photosynthesis. The results of the research will be used to guide improvements in photosynthesis to help combat climate change and enhance crop yields. Luke and his team will explore how proteins (the building blocks of cells) are spatially organised in diverse algae and how these "protein-networks" change as the cells absorb or “fix” CO2 during photosynthesis.

Who to contact with questions about applying

Your Department's Research Support Office:

University Fellowship Coordinator: Annabel Jenkins (

Information for Research Support Administrators

The following information relates to funder and University processes and is intended to assist members of Research Support teams (rather than applicants). If you have any queries, please get in touch with your RGO contact.

For the Outline stage:

  • Worktribe records will need to be completed and approved in the normal way for the Outline application (see below for more information).
  • You'll need to request that these be moved back to the Bid Submission stage to allow you to make further changes before the full stage.
  • The costings in WT should be as accurate as possible at the Outline stage.
  • Standard University deadlines apply for submission at the Outline stage.

Additional notes:

These are UKRI awards, but all are administered by MRC, so MRC should be selected as the funder (for the benefit of newer people, 'Outline Bid' should be selected in the tags, Fellows are always DI costs on UKRI grants and any proposals with a Price to Funder above £1m should have a completed PVC-R approval form attached).

MRC do not require any costings until Full Proposal stage, but we do need a Worktribe completing for Outline stage (as we would for any Outline as WT captures more than just budgets) and the Outline covering letter in JeS needs to state whether the total is >£1.5m or if the equipment totals over £138k.

FLF proposals follow standard research council costing rules except for the salary for Years 3 and 4 of the fellow.

UKRI expect fellows to commit 100% of their time for the duration of the fellowship (so overheads should be generated on 100% FTE) but the salary requested should taper to 75% in years 3 and 4.

We've found the best way to do this in Worktribe is to keep all entries as standard, but create two entries for the Fellow:

Entry 1 = Yrs 1-2 entered as standard
Entry 2 = Yrs 3-4 change "Price to Funder" to a "Custom % of Cost to Funder" of 60%  (i.e. 80% of 75%)
This should give you the correct figures for internal use at Outline stage

JeS forms for Full Proposals require some adjusting, as MRC want the "RC contribution" to still show as 80% on the JeS form, but the excel form available on the MRC site will do these calculations.

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