UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Round 8: Call for Applications

6 March 2023

The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews offers support for applications to UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Round 8 scheme on a competitive basis.

The School hosts a vibrant research culture with internationally recognised expertise in its 8 language disciplines (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian, Spanish) as well as in Comparative Literature. Areas of interest extend from the Middle Ages to the contemporary, and include literature, history, visual culture, memory studies, performance studies, decolonial studies, cultural studies, gender and queer studies.

The deadline for applications to the School’s internal competition is Monday 3 April 2023.  Candidates should send an outline proposal and a CV with the following information to

Outline Proposal

  • Project Title (limited to 150 characters and must reflect the aim of the project)
  • a publishable summary of the research and/or innovation for a non-specialist audience. (max 1000 characters)
  • Explain why your own research and/or innovation will be competitive in its field and the relevance to RC/IUK. Highlight plans which are particularly novel or unique, and feasibility. (max 1500 characters)
  • An approach to maximising the impact and influence of the proposed work, justify how the approach would benefit others and have a wide influence in the field, identify beneficiaries. (max 1500 characters)
  • Outline what your fellowship team will look like, how you will become a future leader in your area and maximise potential in others. (max 1500 characters)
  • Describe how your career trajectory aligns with the objectives of the scheme. Identify training, mentoring or support requirements and how the award will support and enable your long-term development and career goals. (max 2000 characters)
  • Provide a brief timeline of work for the full period of the fellowship. Include time for work in other environments, developing international links and new skills. (max 1000 characters)
  • Indicate what institutional resources (e.g. workspace, library, equipment etc.) you will require (this is is indicative only, we will discuss and confirm this with you if you get through the first internal application round). Please also indicate what resources you will bring as part of the fellowship. (max 1000 characters)
  • Please advise of any grant funding received in the last three years, or which will overlap with the lifetime of the fellowship award. (max 1000 characters) 

An up-to-date CV (max. 3 pages A4) with the following sections:

  • Personal information: Name, Current Organisation/ employer           
  • Employment history: List details of your employment in chronological date order (most recent first) including your current position/ role: Date (month/year, From ….  To …), Name of Organisation and position/ role held, Type of appointment e.g. permanent, fixed-term, full-time, part-time, etc. Please detail what your current position/ role involves, with particular reference to your application for this fellowship.        
  • Career breaks: Dates (month/year, From … To …), Reason
  • Training and qualification history: List each training or qualification in chronological date order (most recent first) with the following information for each: Date (month/year, From … To …), Qualification, Subject, Awarding body, Mark or level achieved
  • Post-Doctoral only: Date of PhD Viva (month and year), Pre-Doctoral only: Have you registered for your PhD: Yes/No, If yes, date registered (month and year), Is this full time Yes/No, If no, what % of time?  
  • Grant history: List any grants you have previously held and/or been involved with in chronological date order (most recent first) with the following information for each: Date (month/year, From …  To …) Title of grant, Awarding body, Length of grant, Your role/ position in the grant (e.g. Lead Innovator, Principal Investigator), Total amount awarded
  •  Prizes and awards: With particular reference to your application for this fellowship, list any prizes or awards you have received in chronological date order (most recent first) with the following information for each: Date (month/year), Name of prize/award
  • Additional information: Indicate any further details you wish to bring to the reviewer’s attention. This may include details of experience equivalent to a PhD (for non-Doctoral applicants) or rational for identifying as an early career researcher if this may not be clear.
  • List of Outputs: List any publications, trade press, preprints, patents, new products, methodologies, processes etc. This section should not exceed 1 page.

For further information, please contact the School’s Director of Research, Professor Bettina Bildhauer: