Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has launched its annual call for applications to its fellowship scheme.

Oxford can submit up to 3 candidates (either Research Fellowships or Engineering for Development Research Fellowships), plus an additional candidate considered to belong to a group that is persistently underrepresented within the engineering profession in the UK (this can be gender, ethnicity or disability). The RAEng/Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK) Research Fellowship is exempt from the institutional cap.

The scheme provides funding for five years. Each application is capped at a maximum contribution from the academy of £500,000 over the five-year period, at 80% of full economic costs. Mentoring support is also available from an academy fellow to offer advice on research and career development, and opportunities for networking with other research fellows and academy fellows.


The proposed research project must be in an engineering subject area (civil, construction and environmental; materials and mining; chemical and process; aerospace; transport and mechanical; manufacturing and design; electrical and electronic; energy and power; medical and bioengineering; computing and communications).

The applicant must be and early career researcher whose PhD/DPhil has been awarded (or unconditionally approved) no more than four years before the submission deadline of 21 September 2020.

The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position.

The research fellowship must be the research fellow’s only source of employment

Applicants who have applied to the scheme before and were unsuccessful are eligible to reapply.

Fellowships must begin between 1 August 2021 and 31 October 2021.

Internal co-ordinated bid process

Departments are not capped on the number of submissions to the internal prioritisation, but candidates must be ranked by their department. 

Candidates should upload the following as a single PDF on IRAMS by noon on Monday 3 August 2020:

  • case for support template (found on IRAMS) – if needed, up to one page of figures can be included with the internal case for support template
  • CV (maximum 3 sides of A4)
  • letter of support from your supervisor (maximum one side of A4)

Candidates eligible to apply for the ORUK Research Fellowship scheme do not need to go through the internal selection process, but must inform their department and the MPLS divisional office of their intent to submit an application as soon as possible.

For queries on the internal coordinated process, contact Kathleen Dolan

More information

Co-ordinated University bids