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UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships round 7: internal selection process

Round 7 of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships scheme will soon open to applications. This scheme is for early career researchers and innovators who want to transition to or establish independence.

There is no minimum or maximum award value, and your project can last for up to four years, with the option to apply for a further three years.

University of Leeds is allowed to submit eight applications in this round. We are running an internal process to select applicants and will be providing them with support throughout the selection and application-writing stages of the process. We have chosen to run the selection process in this way to enable high quality expressions of interest while giving the selected applicants as long as possible to work up their proposals

How to apply

The selection process is open to candidates already at University of Leeds and those who would like to come and hold their FLF here.

Candidates must secure the support of their host School/Institute; supporting information from the host School/Institute is requested on the expression of interest form.

The expression of interest form, complete with authorising signature from the Head of School/Institute, must be submitted by 22 September 2022 to

External applicants wishing to apply to hold an FLF at University of Leeds can view a recording of the information session and attend the drop-in sessions, please contact to arrange this.


Date  Activity 
8 July 2022  (10.00 – 11.15) Information session: overview of UKRI FLFs
2 August 2022 (13.00 – 14.00) Drop-in session: CVs and development plans – materials will be circulated prior to this session (session will be recorded and available for anyone unable to make it along)
8 August 2022 (10.30 – 11.30) Drop-in session: Why you? Why Leeds? – materials will be circulated prior to this session (session will be recorded and available for anyone unable to make it along)
22 September 2022 Submission deadline: expressions of interest (internal process)
5/6/7 October 2022 Sift panel: to select 8 applicants (internal process)
By 10 October 2022 Sift panel outcome: applicants notified of outcome and panel feedback. Useful resources and details of upcoming workshops communicated. Allocation of support staff to each shortlisted applicant
12 October 2022 (10.00 – 11.00) Workshop: how to write your FLF application and case for support (for 8 shortlisted applicants)
17 October 2022 (14.00 – 15.00) Workshop: how to do your costings, data management plan and the practicalities of submitting (for 8 shortlisted applicants)
October 2022 Support: writing support for non-native English speakers
October and November 2022 Surgery sessions: – sessions for shortlisted applicants to raise questions, these may be held in person or online depending upon demand/ requirements
18 October 2022(16.00) UKRI outline application submission deadline
Late October 2022 Peer review and feedback: feedback  and School & expert peer reviews
Early November 2022 Quality control and support panel: informal opportunity to have final draft reviewed and commented upon
6 December 2022(16.00) UKRI full application submission deadline