UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched a call for applications for Round 9 of the Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme.

The Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme is a scheme that supports early career researchers in any subject area, with outstanding potential, to tackle challenging research questions and develop their own careers.  Funding is available for up to seven years allowing long term flexible funding to support adventurous and ambitious programmes. There are no eligibility rules based on years since PhD or whether the applicant currently holds an open-ended academic position. The Fellowship will provide salary support, allowing successful applicants protected time to concentrate fully on their research (up to six hours per week may be spent on other commitments or related activities, provided they enhance career development).

The UKRI’s Scheme Guidance for Future Leaders Fellowships can be found here. Further information can be found on the UKRI's website.

Worcester can submit two applications to this call. We are therefore inviting Expressions of Interest from eligible researchers and will run an internal process to select the two applications to put forward.

We invite Expressions of Interest in any subject area where we have research expertise but are particularly interested in the following areas:


We welcome Expressions of Interest from current employees or from researchers outside of the University. Researchers from outside of the University who are not current employees of the University will only receive an offer of employment from the University if researcher’s application to UKRI’s Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme is successful.

If you are interested in submitting an Expression of Interest (EoI), please get in touch to explore further by contacting Charlotte Wasilewski in the Research Office prior to making a submission.

We will be running information sessions for potential applicants. Sessions will be held on:

  • 20 March 2024 - 12.00pm–1.00pm (online)
  • 22 March 2024 - 10.00am–11.00am in EE1120

Current employees can sign up for these sessions via the Staff Development Workshop pages. Researchers outside of the University should contact Charlotte Wasilewski to register for a session.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted to before 4.00pm on Monday 1 May 2024.


Please read about our recent success in securing funding for a Future Leader’s Fellowship