Fellowship opportunities

The University of Surrey is always interested in attracting high-calibre researchers – both the next generation of rising stars and those further along the career path – to join us in applying for external fellowships or to apply to our internal fellowship programme.

Surrey Research Fellowship

As a university we are committed to research excellence and to conducting research that seeks to answer global questions, drive innovation and deliver real-world impact.

The Surrey Research Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for exceptional early career researchers to join a cohort of future academic leaders at the University of Surrey.

Other fellowship opportunities

We're always keen to hear from exceptional researchers who want to apply for externally funded fellowships, with Surrey as their host institution. 

Please contact the relevant department, school or centre in the first instance. Please bear in mind that some external fellowship competitions will have an internal Surrey deadline that will be considerably earlier than the funder’s deadline.

The Future Leaders Fellowships programme is run by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and aims to grow the supply of talented individuals needed to ensure a vibrant environment for research and innovation in the UK. The scheme is open to researchers and innovators from across business, universities, and other organisations. The scheme welcomes applicants from around the world and seeks to attract and retain research and innovation talent in the UK.

Each fellowship will provide funding up to £1.2 million over four years, with the ability to extend to up to seven years, to enable the next generation to benefit from outstanding support to develop their careers, and to work on difficult and novel challenges. Fellowships can be held full time or part time. The Future Leaders Fellowships scheme has been developed with unprecedented levels of flexibility to support applicants from a wide range of experiences, disciplines and sectors.

To find out more about the competition please visit the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships web page or attend our information event on Tuesday 15 September 2020 at 2pm – please register to receive details.  

There will be six rounds of the competition between 2018-19 and 2020-21. Round Six of the competition is taking place during Autumn/Winter 2020/21 and the deadlines are as follows:

  • Deadline for Expressions of Interest to apply for a UKRI FLF hosted by the University of Surrey: 23 October 2020 at 4pm
    • Applicants will need to submit a one page vision for their Fellowship, two page CV, and one page publication list. Please contact Claire Edwards (claire.edwards@surrey.ac.uk) to discuss a potential application
  • Deadline for Outline Applications to be submitted to UKRI: 10 December 2020 at 4pm
  • Deadline for Full Proposals to be submitted to UKRI: 19 January 2021 at 4pm.

The University is keen to encourage high-calibre researchers to contact their anticipated host department to discuss the opportunity. For more information about the internal selection process or to express your interest in applying please contact Claire Edwards (claire.edwards@surrey.ac.uk).

As part of a major investment in artificial intelligence (AI) talent and skills, UKRI have recently launched two fellowship schemes which aim to attract the best and brightest talent in AI to the UK as well as retaining and developing leading expertise in AI within the UK:

Fellows will tackle the fundamental methodological and theoretical challenges in AI as well as developing new models of collaboration with industry, government, and the third sector.

Turing AI Acceleration Fellowship

  • Funding of £18m is available to fund 10 to 15 fellowships for five years, starting by 1 January 2021.  
  • The University of Surrey can only submit a maximum of four applicants to this call and therefore an internal selection process is in place with a deadline of the 8 January 2020.

Turing AI World Leading Researcher Fellowships

  • Funding of £18m is available to fund approximately three to five fellows for up to five years, starting by 1 April 2021.
  • The University of Surrey can only submit a maximum of two applicants to this call and therefore an internal selection process will be in place.


If you are interested in applying for a UKRI Turing AI Fellowship hosted by the University of Surrey, please contact Claire Edwards (claire.edwards@surrey.ac.uk) for details of the University application process.

Support for early career researchers

The Doctoral College offers a comprehensive package of support for early career researchers at Surrey. This includes the opportunity to develop research and professional skill sets, one to one support and academic and professional mentoring. 

To find out more please contact doctoralcollege@surrey.ac.uk

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