The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme (FLF) aims to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK. Providing up to seven years of funding, for at least 550 early-career researchers and innovators, the scheme will tackle difficult and novel challenges.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships can be held at any UK-based organisation currently registered as eligible to apply to the research councils (for example higher education institutes, research council institutes and eligible independent research organisations), or Innovate UK. Companies or other privately owned research organisations are encouraged to host UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships if they can provide an innovation and/or research environment of international standing.

There will be six calls for these fellowships between 2018 and 2021. Applications can be submitted in any area of research or innovation covered by the research councils and Innovate UK.

How to apply

Please note the following dates for the sixth round of the FLF call:

Outline Submission Stage: The closing date is 10 December 2020 (Je-S opens for mandatory outline submissions on 10 November 2020).

Full Submission Stage: The closing date is 19 January 2021 (Je-S opens for full applications on 3 December 2020).

For further information visit the Future Leaders Fellowships call page (UKRI website).

Presentations for Applicants

Previously we have held workshops in Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and London to support potential ESRC applicants to the FLF scheme. In view of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, future events are planned to be held via Zoom. If you would like to be informed of dates for these presentations when they are arranged, please email us at