Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowships 2021/2022

Deadline: 8 March 2021
Open to: applicants of any nationality
Benefits:  the Academy will contribute up to a maximum of £50,000 (per-annum) towards the basic salary costs


Are you an engineer looking for an opportunity to carry out collaborative research? Would you like to strengthen corporate and personal links and enhance knowledge transfer in engineering with academia? Or perhaps you’re looking for some industrial experience and knowledge of current industry practices to enhance your teaching? Apply now for the Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowships 2021/2022.

The Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowships scheme enables mid-career academics and industrialists to undertake a collaborative research project in either an industrial or academic environment, where one party would host the other. The scheme aims to strengthen the strategic relationship between industry and academia by providing an opportunity to establish or enhance collaborative research between the two parties.


  • Applicants can be of any nationality.
  • Applicants with both new and existing partnerships are eligible to apply.
  • SME and medium-sized industrial organisations are welcome to particularly apply.
  • Industrial Fellows can be hosted by an academic institution or an industrial organisation, and should be partnered with an industrial or academic partner accordingly. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make these arrangements. The application must clearly state the mutual benefit of the fellowship and the collaborative project to both organisations.
  • Applications are welcome from any engineering discipline.

Specific criteria for academia-to-industry fellowships:

  • Applicants should hold a permanent academic teaching or research contract at a UK university.
  • Applicants should be mid-career academics (lecturer – reader or equivalent). Professorial candidates are not eligible for this scheme.
  • Applicants should currently be teaching engineering at undergraduate or postgraduate level at a UK University.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of two years teaching experience, as a permanent academic.
  • The industrial host should have a significant presence in the UK.
  • International fellowships are acceptable (where a UK based applicant will take a secondment overseas at an industrial organisation that has a significant presence in the UK, meaning that they have more than just a marketing office in the UK). Applicants must effectively demonstrate in their proposal the benefits to the recipient and to the UK University. These applications will be considered on a case by case basis and awards will be entirely up to the discretion of the scheme’s Steering group.
  • The industry host can be of any size as long as the organisation can demonstrate that it will provide the awardee with an appropriate working environment.

Specific criteria for industry-to-academia fellowships:

  • Applicants must hold a permanent post in the UK in an industrial organisation.
  • Applicants should be degree qualified or have a professional qualification, such as being a chartered engineer.
  • Typically it is expected that applicants will have at least 5 years of relevant accumulated experience of working in engineering industry.
  • The academic host must be based in the UK. International (industry to academia) fellowships are currently not allowed.
  • Proposals must be written by the individual applicants. Awards will be made to the host university, but funding may be transferred by the university to the industrial organisation to cover salary as appropriate


The Academy will contribute up to a maximum of £50,000 (per-annum) towards the basic salary costs (excluding overheads) of the applicant, paid pro-rata against the amount of time to be spent at the host organisation. The total award is capped at £100,000 for awards that exceed one year in duration.

How to apply? 

Before applying, please read the guidance notes available here. All applications must be submitted via the Academy’s online Grant Management System.

For more information, please visit the official website.