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UPDATED 03/07/2020: Please note that for the 2020/2021 round of the RAEng Fellowships, a new scheme has been added – the RAEng/Orthopaedic Research UK Research Fellowship. Candidates eligible for this scheme do not need to go through the internal selection process, however must inform their department and the MPLS divisional office of their intent to submit an application.

Scheme overview

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has launched their annual call for applications to their Fellowship scheme. Oxford can submit up to three candidates (either Research Fellowships or Engineering for Development Research Fellowships), plus an additional candidate considered to belong to a group that is persistently underrepresented within the engineering profession in the UK (this can be gender, ethnicity or disability).

For the 2020/21 round a new fellowship scheme has been added, the RAEng/Orthopaedic Research UK Research Fellowship. Jointly funded with Orthopaedic Research UK, candidates under this scheme are exempt from the above institutional cap.

Aim and scope of scheme

The RAEng Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering. They provide support for high-quality early career engineers to encourage them to develop successful academic research careers.

The scheme provides funding for five years to encourage the best researchers to remain in the academic engineering sector. In addition to the direct financial support, the scheme offers:

  • Freedom to concentrate on basic research in any field of engineering.
  • Time to establish a track record in the field.
  • The services of a mentor (a Fellow of the Academy) to offer advice and to facilitate the formation of industrial links.
  • Restrictions of teaching and administrative duties.

Candidates may apply under three schemes which each receive the same level of support:

  1. RAEng Research Fellowship
  2. Engineering for Development Research Fellowship (EDRF) with a focus on the sustainable economic or social development and/or welfare of Lower Middle Income countries.
  3. RAEng/Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK) Research Fellowship to support research within the musculoskeletal field.

Candidates for the Research Fellowship and EDRF are within the institutional cap, the ORUK Research Fellowship is exempt from the cap.

Full scheme details can be found on the RAEng website.

Support available

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. Mentoring support is also available from an Academy Fellow to offer advice on research and career development, and opportunities for networking with other Research Fellows and Academy Fellows.

Research Fellowships can be held part-time, but must be the only form of employment. The request for a part-time Research Fellowship (at no less than 50% of full-time equivalent) must be made clear within the application.


  • The proposed research project must be in an engineering subject area (civil, construction & environmental; materials & mining; chemical & process; aerospace; transport & mechanical; manufacturing & design; electrical & electronic; energy & power; medical & bioengineering; computing & communications).
  • Early career researchers whose PhD/DPhil has been awarded (or the PhD/DPhil has been unconditionally approved) no more than four years before the submission deadline: 21 September 2020.
  • The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position.
  • The Research Fellowship must be the Research Fellow’s only source of employment
  • Applicants who have applied to the scheme before and were unsuccessful are eligible to reapply.
  • Fellowships must begin between 1 August 2021 and 31 October 2021.

Internal coordinated bids process (deadline: 12 noon, 3 August 2020)

Departments are not capped on the number of submissions to the internal prioritisation, however candidates must be ranked by their department

Candidates should upload the following as a single PDF on IRAMS by 12 noon, 3 August 2020:

  • Case for support template* (found on IRAMS)
  • CV (maximum 3 sides of A4)
  • Letter of support from your supervisor (maximum one side of A4)

*If needed, up to one page of figures can be included with the internal case for support template.

Candidates eligible to apply for the ORUK Research Fellowship scheme do not need to go through the internal selection process, but must inform their department and the MPLS divisional office of their intent to submit an application as soon as possible.

For queries on the internal coordinated process, contact Kathleen Dolan


Internal coordinated bids process (Research Fellowship and EDRF only) 12 noon, 3 August 2020
Outcomes of internal panel communicated No later than 7 September 2020
RAEng application deadline 21 September 2020