The Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowships scheme enables mid-career academics and industrialists to undertake a collaborative research project in either an industrial or academic environment, where one party would host the other. The scheme aims to strengthen the strategic relationship between industry and academia by providing an opportunity to establish or enhance collaborative research between the two parties.
- The scheme is open to engineers from all disciplines
- An industry to academia fellowship option is now available
- Awards can be held from six months to two years, full-time or part-time
- The Academy will contribute up to a maximum of £50,000 (per-annum) towards the basic salary costs (excluding overheads) of the applicant, paid pro-rata against the amount of time to be spent at the host organisation. The total award is capped at £100,000 for awards that exceed one year in duration
Eligibility and Criteria
- Applicants can be of any nationality. Applicants with both new and existing partnerships are eligible to apply. SME and medium-sized industrial organisations are welcome to particularly apply.
- Industrial Fellows can be hosted by an academic institution or an industrial organisation, and should be partnered with an industrial or academic partner accordingly. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make these arrangements.
- The application must clearly state the mutual benefit of the fellowship and the collaborative project to both organisations.
- Applications are welcome from any engineering discipline. If you are unsure whether your proposal falls within the Academy’s engineering remit, please email Jorge Ospina.
Specific Criteria to Academia-Industry Fellowships
- Applicants should hold a permanent academic teaching or research contract at a UK university
- Applicants should be mid-career academics (lecturer – reader or equivalent). Professorial candidates are not eligible for this scheme
- Applicants should currently be teaching engineering at undergraduate or postgraduate level at a UK University
- Applicants must have a minimum of two years teaching experience, as a permanent academic
- The industrial host should have a significant presence in the UK
- International fellowships are acceptable (where a UK based applicant will take a secondment overseas at an industrial organisation that has a significant presence in the UK, meaning that they have more than just a marketing office in the UK). Applicants must effectively demonstrate in their proposal the benefits to the recipient and to the UK University. These applications will be considered on a case by case basis and awards will be entirely up to the discretion of the scheme’s Steering group.
- The industry host can be of any size as long as the organisation can demonstrate that it will provide the awardee with an appropriate working environment
Specific criteria to Industry-academia Fellowships
- Applicants must hold a permanent post in the UK in an industrial organisation
- Applicants should be degree qualified or have a professional qualification, such as being a chartered engineer
- Typically it is expected that applicants will have at least 5 years of relevant accumulated experience of working in engineering industry
- The academic host must be based in the UK. International (industry to academia) fellowships are currently not allowed
- Proposals must be written by the individual applicants. Awards will be made to the host university, but funding may be transferred by the university to the industrial organisation to cover salary as appropriate
Awards and Benefits
- The scheme aims to strengthen the strategic relationship between the university and the industry host by providing an opportunity to establish or enhance collaborative research between the two parties.
- Companies can improve business performance through developing new techniques or technologies, de-risk investment in research, and extend the capabilities and expertise available to the business
- It is expected that the fellowship will allow industrialists to establish and strengthen corporate and personal links and enhance knowledge transfer in engineering with academia
- For academics, these benefits can include the opportunity to address challenging research questions with real-world applications, see their research have tangible impacts and gain access to new skills, data or equipment. It also enables the academic to improve the quality and industrial relevance of their teaching
- In this round, the Academy’s contribution will be capped at a maximum of £50k per annum (excluding overheads). Awards which exceed 1 year in duration will be capped at £100k.
- Individuals with fellowships lasting longer than 1 year will be provided with a mentor (a Fellow of the Academy) to provide independent expert advice and guidance on research related matters throughout the duration of the award.
- Networking opportunities with and through the Academy’s Fellowship and events programme.
How To Apply
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