Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships 2018 for early career post-doctoral researchers

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Application Deadline: 4pm, Monday 24 September 2018.

The RAEng Research Fellowships are designed to promote research excellence in engineering. They provide support for early career post-doctoral researchers and encourage them to become future research leaders in engineering.

Applications are welcomed from outstanding researchers who have been awarded their PhD in the last four years. The scheme provides funding for five years to encourage the best researchers in engineering to become research leaders in their specialised areas. Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university.

Each application for Research Fellowships is capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £500,000 over the 5-year period, at 80% of full economic costs.

An additional £25,000 per annum is available for Engineering for Development Research Fellowship to develop international collaborations in order to deliver the research outputs and build pathways to positively impact or contribute to the sustainable economic or social development of a country or countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.

In addition to the direct financial support, the scheme offers:

  • Freedom to concentrate on basic research in any field of engineering
  • Time to establish a track record in the field
  • The services of a mentor (a Fellow of the Academy) to offer advice and to facilitate the formation of industrial links
  • Restrictions of your teaching and administrative duties, enabling you to dedicate your time to research

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university in an engineering department or in a department that can show it is capable of fully supporting an engineering focused research project and researcher.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to make contact with the host institution and gain the formal approval from the relevant Head of Department prior to submitting an application.
  • The proposed research project must be in an engineering subject area. Engineering is defined in its broadest sense, encompassing a wide range of diverse fields.
  • Research Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers. Applicants must have a PhD and have been awarded their PhD Certificate no more than four years prior to the submission deadline, Monday 24 September 2018. If applicants have had maternity/paternity leave or other extenuating circumstances, this will be taken into consideration if the relevant dates and detail are provided within the application.
  • The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position, e.g. lecturers (including fixed-term-contract lecturers) are not eligible.
  • Research Fellows are required to devote all their working time to the Research Fellowship. The Research Fellowship must be the Research Fellow’s only source of employment.
  • Applicants have no nationality restrictions. The host institution will be responsible for securing all necessary work permits.
  • Applicants who have applied to this scheme before and were unsuccessful are eligible to re-apply.
  • Research Fellowships must commence between 1 August 2019 and 31 October 2019. The Academy may extend this period based on funding opportunities.
  • There is a limit on the number of applications each host institution can submit. Applications which do not come within this limit will be disregarded. Institutions/universities are likely to have an internal selection process that applicants must find out about.
  • Applications for the Engineering for Development Research Fellowships must meet the Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines. The country/countries, which will directly benefit from the proposed research, must be on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.
  • Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be rejected.

How to Apply:

  • Please read the Applicant Guidance for ‘Research Fellowships’ and ‘Engineering for Development Research Fellowships’ 2018/19 for full details and information on what RAEng Research Fellowships are and how to apply.

Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships guidance notes (498.63 KB)

The Applicant Guidance document provides everything you need to know in order to compile your application in full. You can submit your application when the on-line system opens from Monday 2 July 2018.

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Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply, if they are still eligible. The competition to be offered a Research Fellowship remains high, therefore applicants are advised to consider how their previous proposal could be improved, if they choose not to submit a new proposal.

If you have any questions or queries, please refer to the FAQ page page. If your question is not covered there, then please contact the Research team.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the RAEng Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships

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