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Future Leaders Fellowship Call

2 January 2019

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We are keen to consider eligible applications from outstanding UK and international early career researchers and innovators to be hosted at the University of Westminster.

The University of Westminster has a proud tradition of global collaboration. We are ranked in the top 30 in the world for ‘International Outlook’ (Times Higher Education Young University Ranking, 2017 and 2018), and are committed to engaging with world-class, internationally recognised scholars.

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) welcomes applications from UK and international applicants who can demonstrate an outstanding track record and potential to develop their careers. At Westminster we are keen to work to support those wishing to apply for a FLF hosted at the University. As a first stage we are now considering expressions of interest from individuals who are considering an application to round three.

The support of the institution will be a critical component of all fellowships and will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research/innovation independence. The expression of interest (EOI) stage is intended to identify applicants who have the universities' support to apply to the scheme and following the EOI stage the University will work with application to develop the proposal.

Further details of the schema and the person specifications that potential applications should use to assess and justify their suitability for the scheme are below.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK 
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes

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. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles.

To apply, eligible applicants for this scheme must first submit an Expression of Interest to the University, available below, describing their fellowship proposal and why they have selected the University of Westminster as their host institution. Successful candidates will be supported by Westminster through the UKRI application process.

Applications will be considered on the basis of research excellence: previous exemplary post-doctoral positions; scholarly importance and impacts of the project; and the match with our own research goals and strategy.

Successful candidates will need to demonstrate in their CV a clear research leadership trajectory in their field.

All applicants will need to identify a University of Westminster supporter prior to submitting their application. You should discuss your application with your supporter and gain a statement of commitment from them. We will not be able to consider an application submitted without a supporter.

Before writing an application, we recommend that you check UKRI FLF Overview and FAQ, which you can download below. Further guidance on how UKRI reviews and evaluates applications is available on the FLF webpage.

Download the application form (Word Doc)

Download the Guidance notes (PDF)

Download the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

  • Applicants must complete the proforma and submit it by email to [email protected] along with a CV of no more than four pages, by 11:59pm on Sunday 20 January 2019. Please put "UKRI FLF Proposal" in the subject line
  • Successful applicants will receive feedback by Friday 8 February 2019

Successful applicants will be invited to submit an application to the scheme, supported by their University’s Research Office.


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


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