How does the Fellowship work?
The company and the candidate identify an area of research that might lead to a new process, product or generate IP, and identify a university research partner, where the PhD will be undertaken. Projects in any science or engineering discipline will be considered.
Who can apply?
Recent graduates (within the last 5 years) in science, medicine or engineering who are looking to pursue a PhD whilst continuing to work in industry. The Fellowships offer graduates the opportunity to develop their subject matter expertise while gaining valuable experience in a commercial research and development environment.
What does the Fellowship fund?
The Commission covers 50% of the Fellow's salary (up to £25,000), all university fees and provides a generous travel allowance of £3,500. Subject to receipt of an acceptable explanation of the use to which the money will be put, an honorarium of £10,000 will be paid to the University research department on completion.
How long is the Fellowship?
The duration of the Fellowship is three years
Can I apply if I have started my PhD?
Normally, the Fellow begins their PhD at the same time as starting their Fellowship. However, if you are no more than one year into your PhD, you may still apply.
When do applications open? When is the deadline?
Applications are open. Completed applications should be submitted by Noon (GMT) 14 February 2023.
What is the application process?
Applicants will be informed if they have been selected for interview on 16 March 2023 with interviews scheduled for 29 March 2023.
When do the Fellowships begin?
Fellowships will commence in October 2023.
Is this an annual call?
Yes, the Industrial Fellowships have been running annually since 1990.
Can I reapply?
Yes, applicants are free to apply in subsequent years.
Does the company need to be based in the UK?
The collaboration must be with a UK based company/office.
Can I apply with an offer of employment from a suitable company or do I need to be employed already?
Yes, you may apply with an offer of employment from a suitable industry partner.
Applications should be made by the proposed Industrial Fellow. Industrial Fellowship applications are to be submitted via the Commission’s application portal system, Flexigrant. Applicants will need to create a Flexigrant account in the first instance.
After logging into the Flexigrant system, applicants should select the 1851 Industrial Fellowships 2023 application form. The application form has eight parts:
Lay Description of Research
Outline of Proposed Research
Letter of Endorsement