UKRI Future Leader Fellowships at Essex

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Colchester, ENGLAND
Deadline: 24 Feb 2020

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships at Essex

The University of Essex invites applications from interested applicants for Round 5 of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (UKRI FLF). Essex will support a number of UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships applications from applicants whose research interests align with those of the University . Applications for these fellowship competitions require a commitment from the host institution, and Essex will hold an internal competition to decide which applications it will support in each round.

The University of Essex is a research-intensive university with one of the most internationally diverse campuses in the UK. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked Essex in the top 20 universities in the UK for the quality of its research and in the top five for social science. We share an equal commitment to excellence in education and excellence in research and we are on a quest to appoint people who will help us achieve our goals.

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships scheme is aiming to support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential who are transitioning to establishing independence. Applicants are expected to hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience or training. UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships are tenable on a 4+3 year basis and are subject to specific eligibility criteria. Please ensure that you meet all of the UKRI FLF criteria before seeking support from the University.

The University of Essex will consider supporting applications in any area of its research portfolio but particularly invites expressions of interest from researchers working in one or more of the following key areas of research interest:

- Biosocial Research
- Data Science and Analytics
- Artificial Intelligence
- Genomics and Epigenetics
- Digital and Creative
- Mental Health


Candidates should e-mail the following documents to by 5:00 p.m. on Monday 24 February 2020:

- A one-page CV including education, publications, any awards, thesis title and examiners.
- A two-page draft statement of research to be carried out during the fellowship, using similar headings to those described for the Case for Support in the UKRI FLF application form guidance document .
- A 150 word abstract summarising the research for a general audience.
- A covering letter outlining the applicant’s fit with the Person Specification for the scheme.


Selection will be made on the basis of application materials. All complete applications will be considered by a panel of senior academic staff that will select which candidates will be put forward to UKRI. In assessing applications, the panel will be guided by the quality of the proposed research project, its relevance to Essex’s research portfolio and the potential of the candidate to become a future research and innovation leader.

Candidates will be informed whether their applications will be supported by the University no later than 17 March 2020. For those candidates successful in obtaining support from the University, we will provide extensive assistance in refining their full applications to UKRI. The completed full application must be submitted to UKRI in June 2020 (exact date TBC).


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