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The University of Reading takes pride in a strong track record of career building and career development for researchers, of which an important strand is hosting Research Fellowships. These provide opportunities to build research independence. Some schemes promote international mobility, some provide training or support the transition to a new research field, whilst others can support returning to work after a career break. There are schemes to support candidates at a range of different career stages.

The University of Reading supports applicants to a range of externally funded Research Fellowships.

Some Fellowship schemes require institutional support or are limited in the number of applications that an institution can submit. For these schemes, the University holds a process for all applicants to identify the strongest candidates to support. Details of the current internal processes can be seen below. Details of discipline-specific Fellowship schemes can be found in the Sciences, and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences sections.

If you are interested in applying to hold a Fellowship at the University of Reading, please do get in touch via


UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships scheme aims to support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, businesses and research institutes to make the transition to or establish independence.

The Future Leaders Fellowship scheme is for applicants of outstanding potential in any research discipline. Applicants will need to demonstrate the "added value" that UKRI's investment will have on their career and how the funding will enable them to become a leader within their field.  The scheme is now in its 6th and final round. The deadline for submission of applications to UKRI is  19th January 2021.

Duration: 4 years initially with an option for a further 3 years funding.  Maximum funding: Up to £1.5 million including salaries, consumables, training and travel.  This scheme provides tapered support for the Fellow's salary from year 3, so agreement must be sought from the appropriate Head of School prior to submission of an Expression of Interest (EoI).

Internal process for applicants

This scheme is highly competitive, and the University will be looking to put forward only the strongest proposals.  We have therefore put in place an internal selection process.  Potential candidates should first get in touch via  To apply to the University's internal selection process, candidates should provide a 2 page CV and an EoI (see attached memo details and proforma).  Support for the application must be obtained from the Head of School.  Completed applications should be sent to by 21st September 2020.  

An information session about the Future Leaders Fellowship scheme and the internal process was held on Monday 10th August 10.30 -11.30am.  Potential applicants, mentors and those looking to attract external applicants were all welcome to attend.  The session was held via Teams. 

For more information, please view the  UKRI FLF Scheme presentation (PDF-1.93MB)

AHRC have an information session about the FLF Scheme for Arts and Humanities researchers on the 24th September outlining how to make the most of the transformational opportunity for funding, see

If you are interested in attending the online workshop on the 24th September via Zoom, please register your interest via this link by 18th September 2020.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie - Individual Fellowships

The individual fellowships give experienced researchers the chance to work internationally and enhance their skills through advanced training and possible secondments. Applicants should have a PhD or at least 4 years' full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.

Two types of Individual Fellowships are available: European Fellowship for researchers who want to come to Reading from outside the UK; and Global Fellowships for researchers from the University of Reading who wish to spend time outside Europe before returning to the University. Applications are invited across any academic discipline.

Duration: European Fellowship 1-2 years; Global Fellowship 2-3 years. Maximum Funding: None - funding is available on a set unit cost basis.

These schemes are currently open with a deadline of 9th September 2020. Interested candidates should contact Ioanna Theophanous (

Please note - under the Withdrawal Agreement, UK applicants are still eligible for the 2020 round. We do not yet know whether the UK will be eligible to apply for the scheme after 31st December 2020.



If you are interested in applying to a Fellowship scheme not listed above, please email with details of: the scheme you wish to apply to, a 2 page CV and a brief (1 page) summary of your proposed research.  Please do also get in touch if you have any queries on the information listed on this page.






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