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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).

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:

  • 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 opportunities with other Research Fellows and Academy Fellows.

Candidates may apply under two 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.

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 2021*.
  • 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 2022 and 31 October 2022.

* 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 (e.g. extended sick leave, national service, or caring responsibilities), this will be taken into consideration and should be noted on their internal application.

Internal coordinated bids process (deadline: 12 noon, 9 August 2021)

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

Candidates should upload the following as a single PDF on IRAMS by 12 noon, 9 August 2021:

  • 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 and one page of references can be included with the internal case for support template. An X5 costing is not needed for the internal application.

For queries on the internal coordinated process, contact Kathleen Dolan


Internal coordinated bids process (Research Fellowship and EDRF only) 12 noon, 9 August 2021
Outcomes of internal panel communicated No later than 7 September 2021
RAEng application deadline 21 September 2021