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UKRI Future Leader Fellowships

We welcome expressions of interest from applicants who wish to apply for a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) with Cardiff University as their host organisation.

The UKRI FLF scheme, which invites applications from both UK and international candidates, provides a comprehensive, yet flexible, package of support in any area supported by UKRI, including the Fellow's salary and all justified research, staff, and training costs. Investment of up to £1.5 million (80% fEC) over four years, with the ability to extend to up to seven years, will enable the next generation of researchers and innovators to benefit from outstanding support to develop their careers, and to work on difficult and novel challenges in ambitious programmes of research.

These fellowships are for early career academics and innovators who are transitioning to or establishing independence. Individuals should use the eligibility and person specification guidance in the call document to establish their suitability for the scheme with reference to the objectives of the programme.

These fellowships are supportive of applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. Furthermore, UKRI encourages applications from those wishing to work part-time or in job shares in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities.

This is a single scheme across the entire UKRI remit, with no ring-fenced budgets for specific areas and no barriers to interdisciplinary or cross-sector research.

Full call details of the scheme can be found on the UKRI website.

Expressions of interest (EOI)

Cardiff University’s internal call for Round 6 of the UKRI Future Leader Fellowship scheme opened on 11 May 2020. To express interest in submitting an application with Cardiff University as your host organisation, please email with the following details:

  • your full name
  • your discipline
  • expected host School.

The significant support of the institution will be a critical component of these fellowships. As such, Cardiff University has an internal process for assessing EOIs to this scheme, the first stage of which involves a review of the EOI by your proposed host School. Once we have received the information requested above, we will put you in touch with the School and provide you with the information you need to submit an application to the scheme.

The deadline for receipt of School-approved EOIs for College review is 22 June 2020. We strongly recommended you contact us as soon as possible in order to comply with internal School deadlines, which will be earlier than this.

College assessment panels

Once support for salary funding has been agreed by the School, all applications that a School wishes to support will require approval at College level.

For Round 6, School-approved EOIs, which should contain sufficient information to allow assessment of the quality and suitability of the proposal, will be reviewed by a College-level assessment panel in June/July 2020. The assessment panel will then make recommendations to the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Enterprise who will make a final decision on which applications are to be supported based on the quality and competitiveness of the individuals and the alignment of their research interests with the University’s priority areas for growth in research capacity.

Following this mandatory internal approval of an EOI, candidates will then be asked to submit a draft of their full proposal to their College in September 2020, prior to the submission of a mandatory outline proposal to UKRI.

UKRI mandatory outline and full proposal

For UKRI to gauge demand and inform panel development, host organisations must submit an outline proposal for each of the applications they intend to support prior to submission of the full proposals. The UKRI Outline Proposal stage is mandatory and without this UKRI will not consider full applications. Feedback is not provided on the content and this is not a triage stage.

The UKRI deadline for submission of mandatory outline proposals for Round 5 is Tuesday 2 June 2020. For Round 6, the deadline is expected to be late November/early December 2020 (to be confirmed).

Full applications must then be submitted via Je-S. The full application will be subject to expert peer review, followed by shortlisting and interview by a multi-disciplinary panel of senior decision makers with a track record of decision making across areas and disciplines.

The UKRI deadline for submission of full proposals for Round 5 is Tuesday 30 June 2020. For Round 6, it is expected to be January 2021 (to be confirmed).

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to supporting, developing, and promoting equality and diversity in all practices and activities, establishing an inclusive culture free from discrimination, and based upon the values of dignity, courtesy, and respect. We proudly acknowledge that variety and difference are intrinsic to the wellbeing and future development of the University. In higher education, several groups are underrepresented in the academic community and applications are therefore particularly welcome from applicants who identify as part of an underrepresented group.

Round 6 timeline

Call stage

Call for EOIs11 May 200
EoI workshopTBC

Expression of interest (EOI) stage

Schools submit EoIs to college panels (via RIS) 202022 June 2020
College EOI Review23 June-3 July 2020
College EOI Review Panelw/c 6 July 2020
University EOI Review Panelw/c 13 July 2020
EOI decisions communicated to applicantsw/c 20 July 2020

Full application stage

Activity Date
Full application workshopTBC
Full application submitted to University Panel28 September 2020
University Full application review29 September-9 October 2020
Full application feedback/decision communicated to applicantsw/c 12 October 2020
Outline proposal submission to UKRI Late November/Early December 2020 (TBC by UKRI)
Full application submission to UKRI January 2021 (TBC by UKRI)


For general queries, individuals should contact:

Research Development Team