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Royal Academy of Engineering 2019 Research Fellowships & Engineering for Development Research Fellowships

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RAENG Research Fellowships 2019 (Research & Engineering)… The Royal Academy of Engineering offers Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early-career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering.

RAENG Research Fellowships 2019 Objectives

The RAENG Research Fellowships 2019 (Research & Engineering) scheme’s objectives are to:

  • support the best early-career researchers in establishing their independence and international reputation
  • provide long-term support enabling the pursuit of an ambitious programme of engineering research and impact
  • develop ambassadors for the Academy and advocates for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.
Applications for 2019/20 round is now open and will close on 23 September 2019.
Unless otherwise stated, all Research Fellowship information applies to the Engineering for Development Research Fellowships.Please refer to the guidance notes on the How to apply below for full details.

The Royal Academy of Engineering offers Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early-career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering. The scheme’s objectives are to:

  • support the best early-career researchers in establishing their independence and international reputation
  • provide long-term support enabling the pursuit of an ambitious programme of engineering research and impact
  • develop ambassadors for the Academy and advocates for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

The Academy welcomes applications from early-career researchers worldwide who have been awarded their PhD in the last four years. The scheme provides funding for five years. Each application is capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £500,000 over the five-year period, at 80% of full economic costs. In addition, Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university.

RAENG Research Fellowships 2019 Benefits

In addition to the direct financial support, the scheme benefits include:

  • opportunity to establish a research track record in a specialised area
  • a stronger position to apply for additional funding and develop own research team
  • mentoring support from an Academy Fellow to offer advice on research and career development
  • reduction of teaching and administrative duties to dedicate time to research
  • training opportunities
  • networking with other Research Fellows and Academy Fellows.

Engineering for Development Research Fellowships

Engineering for Development Research Fellowships (EDRF) support research that meets the UK government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. The scheme offers the same benefits as the Research Fellowships and the application and review process is the same. If you would like your application to be considered for an EDRF, you must complete relevant sections in the application form to explain how the research project meets the ODA guidelines.

Unlike in previous rounds, applications for EDRFs 2019/20 should not, at the application stage, provide a cost table of additional funding above the £500,000 standard limit to support international collaboration. For successful 2019/20 EDRF applications, the Academy will request a short proposal for additional funding, subject to confirmation of future funding allocations within the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). However, since the possibility of additional funding is not expected to be confirmed until mid-2020, the applicant should be clear what work programme will be deliverable within the £500,000 limit and any other resources that the applicant is confident of obtaining.

Eligibility criteria applies to both RAEng Research Fellowships 2019:

  1. Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university in a department that can show it is capable of fully supporting an engineering-focused research project and researcher. In addition, the host institution must agree to provide the Research Fellow all the support normal for a permanent employee.
  2. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the host institution and gain the formal approval from the relevant head of department or school before submitting an application.
  3. 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 (see Subject Category section in the application form).
  4. Research Fellowships are aimed at early-career researchers. Applicants must have a PhD, which was awarded (or the PhD has been unconditionally approved) no more than four years before the submission deadline: Monday 23 September 2019. This time period includes applicants’ work experience in academia or/and in industry. A margin of up to three months more than the four-year limit is acceptable. If applicants have had maternity/paternity leave or other extenuating circumstances, this will be taken into consideration if the relevant dates and details are provided in the application form.
  5. The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position.
  6. Research Fellows will be employed by the host institution and are required to devote all their working time to the Research Fellowship. The Research Fellowship must be the Research Fellows only source of employment.
  7. There are no nationality and age restrictions for applicants. The host institution is responsible for securing all necessary work permits and related costs for the Research Fellows.
  8. Applicants who have applied to this scheme before and were unsuccessful are eligible to reapply.
  9. Research Fellowships must begin between 1 August 2020 and 31 October 2020. The Academy may extend this period based on funding opportunities. The duration of a Research Fellowship is five years full-time, calculated on a pro-rata basis for part-time awards. Requests for a shorter Research Fellowship are not accepted.
  10. There is a limit on the number of applications each host institution can submit. Applications that do not come within this limit will be disregarded (see Application limit). Institutions/universities are likely to have an internal selection process that applicants must find out in advance.
  11. Applications for EDRFs must meet the ODA guidelines. The country/countries that will directly benefit from the proposed research must be on the DAC list.
  12. Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidance will be rejected.

How to apply RAENG Research Fellowships 2019

Please read the Applicant Guidance Notes for Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships 2019/20 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 (553.74 KB)
  • The Applicant Guidance document provides everything you need to know in order to compile your application in full.
  • All applications must be submitted via the Royal Academy of Engineering’s online Grant Management System (GMS). Grants management system
  • There is a limit on the number of applications each host institution can submit. Applications that do not come within this limit will be disregarded (see Application limit in the applicant guidance notes). Institutions/universities are likely to have an internal selection process that applicants must find out in advance.
  • There are no nationality and age restrictions for applicants. The host institution is responsible for securing all necessary work permits and related costs for the Research Fellows. Applicants who have applied to this scheme before and were unsuccessful are eligible to reapply.
  • If you have any questions or queries, please refer to the FAQ page. If your question is not covered there, then please contact the Research team.

Diversity & Inclusion

The Royal Academy of Engineering is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all underrepresented groups across engineering. It is the Academy’s policy to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged or receives less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

For further details, please contact [email protected]

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