Deadline for Fellowship Programme applications is 31 October

Posted by j.laird on 20 October 2021 - 10:00am
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The deadline for applications to the Software Sustainability Institute’s Fellowship Programme 2022 is 23:59 GMT on Sunday 31 October 2021. 

We welcome applications from individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds, experience and career stages who want to improve how research software is done in their domains and/or area of work. If you are based in the UK or have a formal affiliation with a UK based institution or office (or are based outside the UK and applying to our International Fellowship pilot), and are any of the following then the Fellowship Programme is for you!

  • a researcher who uses software
  • a developer who writes tools for researchers
  • a research software engineer who supports the work of researchers with software
  • an advocate for best practice in software use for your research domain
  • in a leadership role in research projects or organisations that make heavy use of software
  • a user of research software
  • passionate about software in research in any way

Each Fellow will be allocated £3,000 to spend over 15 months beginning 1 January 2022. The funding is flexible to support activities that are beneficial to both the Fellow and the Institute. For example, the funding can be used to attend conferences, organise and run workshops, facilitate software sustainability sessions at domain conferences, nurture or contribute to communities of practice, collaborate with other Fellows, or host, organise or teach training events. 

During the Fellowship Programme 2022 round, there will be up to three places for successful international applicants (applicants based outside the UK or without a formal affiliation with a UK-based institution or office). You can read more about the International Fellowship pilot, how to apply, and the selection process in this blog post.

As part of the Fellowship Application, we ask for a 'voice-over slide presentation screencast' outlining your plans for the Fellowship, which must be primarily focused on improving UK capability (the Institute is a UK-funded organisation) and potentially include promoting a UK-based approach abroad. You can read more about how to make a great screencast application for our Fellowship Programme and find technical advice in the Application Video Guide.

In light of the ongoing situation around COVID-19, we encourage applicants to consider that travel and in-person events may not always be feasible, and we particularly welcome plans with online-based activities. You can read more about how our current Fellows adapted their plans to make the most of their SSI Fellowship in a COVID-19 world and watch some of our 2021 Fellows’ application videos for inspiration.

You can find out more information about the Institute, Fellowship Programme, how to apply and hear first-hand experiences from some of our Fellows through the Launch Webinar recording. Please visit the Fellowship Programme page for important dates and further information, and you can also sign up to receive updates and reminders.

If you have questions about the Programme, please contact Rachael Ainsworth, Institute Community Manager at

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