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RAEng Engineering for Development Research Fellowships in UK, 2018-2019

The Royal Academy of Engineering is offering ‘Research Fellowships’ & ‘Engineering for Development Research Fellowships’ for the academic year 2018-2019. Fellowships are available for international researchers.

These highly prestigious five-year Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering by providing support for high-quality candidates to become future research leaders.

Engineering matters. It underpins our daily lives, drives economic growth, plays a critical role in addressing major societal challenges and helps ensure our readiness for the future, from providing a sustainable supply of food, water and clean energy, to advancing healthcare, and keeping us safe and secure.

As the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology, the Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most talented and successful engineers – our Fellows – to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Applications Deadline: September 24, 2018
  • Course Level: The Royal Academy of Engineering (the Academy) offers Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early career engineering researchers, who are hosted by a UK higher education institution/university.
  • Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded in the field of Engineering.
  • Scholarship Award: Research Fellowships:
  1. Applications are capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £500,000 over the 5-year period, at 80% of full economic costs.

Engineering for Development Research Fellowships:

  1. Applications are capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £500,000 over the 5-year period, at 80% of full economic costs.
  2. An additional £25,000 per annum is available and does not have to be claimed at 80% of full economic costs or be match funded by the host institution. This additional funding is ring-fenced to develop international collaborations in order to deliver the research outputs and build pathways to positively impact or contribute to the sustainable economic or social development of a country or countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.
  • Nationality: Fellowships are available for international researchers.
  • Number of Scholarships: Two fellowship schemes are being offered:
  1. Research Fellowships
  2. Engineering for Development Research Fellowships
  • Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: Fellowships are available for international researchers.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university in an engineering department or in a department that can show it is capable of fully supporting an engineering-focused research project and researcher.

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to make contact with the host institution and gain the formal approval from the relevant Head of Department prior to submitting an application.
  • The proposed research project must be in an engineering subject area. Engineering is defined in its broadest sense, encompassing a wide range of diverse fields (see the Subject Categories section).
  • Research Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers. Applicants must have a PhD and have been awarded their PhD Certificate no more than four years prior to the submission deadline, Monday 24 September 2018. If applicants have had maternity/paternity leave or other extenuating circumstances, this will be taken into consideration if the relevant dates and detail are provided within the application.
  • The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position, e.g. lecturers (including fixed-term-contract lecturers) are not eligible.
  • Research Fellows are required to devote all their working time to the Research Fellowship. The Research Fellowship must be the Research Fellow’s only source of employment.
  • Applicants have no nationality restrictions. The host institution will be responsible for securing all necessary work permits.
  • Applicants who have applied to this scheme before and were unsuccessful are eligible to re-apply.
  • Research Fellowships must commence between 1st August 2019 and 31st October 2019. The Academy may extend this period based on funding opportunities.
  • There is a limit on the number of applications each host institution can submit. Applications which do not come within this limit will be disregarded (see the Application limit section). Institutions/universities are likely to have an internal selection process that applicants must find out about.
  • Applications for the Engineering for Development Research Fellowships must meet the Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines. The country/countries, which will directly benefit from the proposed research, must be on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.
  • Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be rejected.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: All applications must be submitted via the Royal Academy of Engineering’s online Grant Management System (GMS), available on our website here.

All applicants must first register with GMS and provide some basic log-in details to create a profile. The application form has six sections and should take approximately two hours to complete, assuming you have answered the questions offline and merely need to enter the information, rather than compose it. To compose the application in its entirety will take significantly longer.

A summary of the guidance notes is embedded within GMS. However, the guidance given below is more detailed. We recommend applicants develop their applications by using this guidance.

Many of the questions have prescribed word limits which are designed to keep answers focused, and to give applicants an indication of the level of detail we require. In such cases the number of words applicants have used will be displayed beneath the question and updated in real time. Applicants will have the option to download a pdf of their applications after submission, which we recommend applicants do for reference.

There is only one application stage. The applications meeting the eligibility criteria will enter the assessment stages.

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