UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship


The FLF scheme aims to help the next generation of researchers, tech entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovators get the support they need to develop their careers. The scheme is open to the best researchers and innovators from around the world, ensuring the UK continues to attract the most exceptional talent wherever they may come from.

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. The support offered will be long-term and flexible, with seven years of support available on a 4+3 model, with a review in year 4. The case for support should make clear the long-term aims of the programme, and why they matter – while providing more specific plans and costings for the first four years.

Further information is available on the UKRI webpages.

Deadlines and Timescales (2020/21)

The Physics Department has now selected its candidates for Round 5 (close June 2020).

For new applicants, the next closing date for outline applications (Round 6) is expected in January 2021, with full applications due around 4 weeks later. However, there will be an internal selection process, with an anticipated deadline in September 2020.
Please let us know if you are interested in applying for this scheme and we will provide further guidance once it is available. Could you please also get in touch with your host academic and the Head of your host Sub-Department to discuss you proposal well ahead of the internal deadline.

Guidance and useful info

The principal aim of this scheme is to provide funding at a crucial career stage for early career researchers and academics where a significant step-change is proposed/expected. Progress will be reviewed during year 4 of the award to determine whether a further three years of funding is offered. Fellows securing the second period of funding would be expected to progress into an open-ended post at the end of the Fellowship.
A letter of support is required, signed by both the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and the Physics Head of Department, confirming their commitment to supporting the tapered salary and a commitment to providing an open-ended academic appointment.
Due to the nature of the scheme and recent experience, we do not expect to support more than two candidates per round.