Fellowship Programme


The Institute's Fellowship programme funds researchers who want to improve computational practice in their areas of work. We greatly value our Fellows and the influence of their expertise and advice is reflected in our programmes and activities. The Institute is also interested in supporting work that build upon previous work and helps nurture and grow communities of practice.

The main goals of the Programme are to help support improvements in computation practice and promote the results of these activities around research and software from all disciplines. We encourage Fellows to develop their interests in the area of software sustainability (especially in their areas of work) and aid them as ambassadors of good software practice in their domains. The programme also supports capacity building and policy development initiatives.

Each Fellow is allocated £3,000 to spend over fifteen months. The funding is flexible to support activities that are beneficial to both the Fellows’ and the Institute's aims, for instance:

  • To fund travel to key computational conferences in their area of work
  • To setup and run workshops
  • To organise software sustainability sessions at domain conferences
  • To host, organise or teach training events, such as Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry or Library Carpentry.
  • Other activities around computational practice or policy

Fellows are drawn from a wide range of areas, experience and career stages.

As an introduction to the Institute, learn about the Fellowship Programme and hear the views of current Fellows, please see the recording of the Fellows 2019 Launch Webinar.

You can also read about what it's like being a Fellow from a Scientific perspective and a Humanities perspective.

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Fellows 2019 Programme

Application closed on Sunday, 3 February, 2019 at 11.59pm UK time.


  • Application opens: Monday, 10 December, 2018
  • Launch Webinar: Friday, 11 January, 2019 from 2.00pm to 3.30pm UK time
  • Application closes: Sunday, 3 February, 2019 at 11.59pm UK time
  • Invitation to online selection for shortlisted candidates: Monday, 25 February, 2019
    Shortlisted candidates will also be invited to attend Collaborations Workshop 2019 for free (registration, travel and accommodation will be covered by the Institute).
  • Online selection: Wednesday, 6 March, 2019 from 10.00am to 4.00pm UK time
  • Notification of successful applications: Friday, 22 March, 2019
  • Collaborations Workshop 2019: Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Loughborough University
  • Public announcement of Fellows 2019: Friday, 12 April, 2019

Why you should apply?

Who is eligible?

If you are:

  • Based on the UK or collaborating with a group based on the UK,
  • 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 projects or organisations that make heavy use of software,
  • A user of research software,
  • Passionate about software in research in any way,

then the Fellowship Programme will be of interest to you. Please see the FAQ for more details about eligibility.

More about the Fellowship

Fellows come from a variety of career stages, they demonstrate a passion for their area, the ability to communicate ideas effectively, and a real interest in the role of software in research. Fellows are empowered to talk about software in their research domain to a wider audience, network with others who share a passion for software in research, and learn key skills that benefit them and their collaborators.​ They can show a keenness to grow their area of engagement and contribute to or help the formation of communities of practice.

If you have questions about the Fellowship, please let us know by email.

Current Fellows Profiles

Please take a moment to read the Institute's Fellows' profiles; this will help you understand the broad spectrum of domains and career stages (from PhD student through to Professor) from which we select those who have a passion for research software. In addition to Fellows' profiles, some of 2018 Fellows shared their application video on YouTube.