EPSRC/STFC Research Software Engineer Fellowships

The Research Software Engineer (RSE) Fellowship scheme aims to recognise the contribution of RSEs who are driving the development of high quality research software and demonstrating leadership in embedding the vital role of software in disciplinary and institutional research cultures. 

Oxford can submit a total of 2 applications to the outline proposal phase.

Up to £4.5m is available from EPSRC to support approximately four to eight RSE fellows in the EPSRC remit, and up to £0.6m of funding is available from STFC to support one RSE fellow in the STFC remit. Awards are for a duration of up to five years.


Applicants are expected to hold a PhD by the start date of the fellowship or have equivalent experience. There are no eligibility rules based on postdoctoral experience or whether the applicant holds a permanent academic position.

Fellowships can be held part or full time with a minimum of 0.5 FTE commitment.

Assessment criteria

The proposed work of the Fellowship must be within the scope of this call and within EPSRC or STFC’s remit. For the University-wide internal bids process, outline proposals will be assessed against the following two criteria:


The applicant:

  • has provided a clear and compelling vision for their fellowship to make a significant contribution to the development, sharing and exploitation of high quality, sustainable research software and methodologies
  • will make a significant contribution to developing institutional and/or disciplinary culture to ensure that research software enables and/or accelerates high quality research

Leadership and advocacy


  • aptitude and potential to lead, inspire and influence, for example, through mentoring, outreach activities and networking
  • plans to act as an ambassador and advocate for the RSE profession and the importance of research software
  • plans for developing and sustaining effective partnerships and collaborations to enhance the impact, usage and sustainability of research software

Internal co-ordinated bid process

Departments are not capped at the number of submissions to the internal selection process, but candidates must discuss and clear point 4 with their departments before submitting an internal application.

Candidates should upload the following documentation as a single PDF on IRAMS by noon on Wednesday 22 July 2020:

  1. Case for support (two sides of A4)
    Due to the short call timeline, polished prose is not expected for the case for support during the internal selection. Proposals should however address the two assessment criteria above: vision, and leadership and advocacy.
    Successful applicants from the internal bids process will be able to submit up to four sides of A4 to EPSRC.
  2. CV (up to two sides of A4)
  3. Justification of resources (up to two sides of A4)
    For the internal selection process, the justification for resources does not need to be detailed (for example a bullet point list of the requested resources) or include a full costing, but it should include an approximate total budget figure.
  4. Short description of ‘how the host institution department will provide a mechanism for a successful fellow to transition to a permanent role'
    This must be cleared with departments before IRAMS submission and departmental support packages should also be specified.

Detailed guidelines on this documentation can be found on the EPSRC website.

Proposals will be considered by a cross-divisional panel of academics. The decision of the panel is final.

For queries on the internal coordinated process, contact Kathleen Dolan.

More information

Co-ordinated University bids