Apply to the Fellowship Programme

Successful applicants will be allocated £4,000 to spend over 15 months beginning on the 1st of January 2025. The funding is flexible to support activities that are beneficial to both the Fellow and the Institute. 

On this page, you will find important information for applying to the Fellowship Programme. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us or subscribe to the Fellowship Programme Newsletter to keep informed about events, deadlines, and the latest news.

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Key dates

Applications open: 12 August 2024
Launch webinar: 22 August 2024
Applications close: 7 October 2024
Shortlist confirmed: 4 November 2024
Online Selection Day: 18 November 2024
Public announcement of Fellowships: 12 December 2024
Official dates of the Fellowships: 1 January 2025 - 31 March 2026

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Application process

The application process consists of an application form and screencast video. If you’re shortlisted, you are then invited to participate in the Online Selection Day. 

In the sections below, you will find a range of information and resources to support your application. 

The application form has six parts: 

  • About you: personal information (such as name and contact information) and demographic information.
  • You and your work: information about where you work and your domain, field, and/or area of work.
  • You and software: information we routinely collect to understand the context and environments of those involved in research software.
  • Your funding: information about financial support for your research/work.
  • Application: information about your plans for the Fellowship.
  • More about you (optional section): optional additional personal information such as online profiles.

The main application is a six-minute voiceover of a slide presentation screencast. 

We suggest the following format for structuring the screencast:

  1. Who you are professionally (1 minute suggested)
  2. What you do (1 minute suggested)
  3. Your plans for the Fellowship (4 minutes suggested)

We have created an Application Video Guide to help you produce your application video. The guide includes examples of screencasts by previous Fellows. 

Shortlisted candidates are invited to participate in the Online Selection Day: a full day of group activities where candidates will be assessed on how they contribute to a session (collaboration and communication skills), and what they contribute to a session (discussion or event planning contributions). 

The final selection of Fellows will be made based on the combined assessment of the candidates’ performances during the Online Selection Day and the Fellowship Plans proposed in the screencast applications.

We are excited to announce that the Fellowship Programme is offering up to three positions for successful international applicants. As the Institute is UK-funded, applicants not based in the UK or without formal affiliation with a UK-based institution or office must demonstrate how their plans align with the following criteria:

Have a focus on improving UK capability, for example:

  • Feeding in successful research software related initiatives/approaches from abroad into UK-based projects ("I plan to work with project A in the UK to help them incorporate approach B which my lab has been developing")
  • Adding capacity to do particular tasks and to collaborate with UK-based teams (“I plan to collaborate with UK team Y to contribute Z”).

Promote UK-based approaches abroad, for example:

  • Promoting UK-based initiatives, projects or ways of working abroad (such as promoting the Institute, RSE, credit for software, reproducibility, career paths, and skills).

Applicants should also address potential challenges related to time zones, language barriers, or travel expenses and demonstrate how they plan to overcome them.

Financial considerations may lead to the exclusion of certain countries/regions due to fund movement restrictions. Applicants should be aware of potential administrative steps and discrepancies in expense reimbursement due to currency exchange rates.