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

We anticipate that a call for applications for the fifth round of fellowships will open around June 2020 but this is subject to confirmation.

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

Workshop for applicants - London

We're sorry, but due to the very high level of demand we are not able to accept any further registrations for the workshop for applicants on Thursday 16 January 2020. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for a possible future London event, please email us at