Royal Society Industry Fellowships, February 2024

The Industry Fellowships enable the mobility of talented scientists and engineers from industry and academia in order to move between the sectors.

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Up to 7 fellowships will be offered per round. Funds can cover the applicant’s basic salary while on secondment (the employing organisation will continue to pay national insurance and pension contributions), and research expenses which may be claimed up to the value of £4,000 per year, and may be used to support summer studentships.


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The Industry Fellowship is part of the Royal Society’s wider Science and Industry Programme, which strives to promote the value and importance of science by connecting academia, industry and government.

The Industry Fellowship scheme is open to academic and industrial researchers from early to senior career stages based in the UK.

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • Support the mobility of excellent academic or industrial researchers between the two sectors in the UK, across the natural sciences
  • Enable the Industry Fellow to develop and establish collaborative links between the academic and industrial organisations, which may lead to longer term collaborations
  • Support the career development of the Industry Fellow, and their team, through the cross-sector collaborative research experience afforded by the fellowship
  • Enhance knowledge exchange in science and technology between industry and academia.

For shorter term collaborative projects between industry and academia, see the Short Industry Fellowship (next round opens 3 April and closes 29 May 2024).

  • This scheme is for you if:

    • You have a PhD or are of equivalent standing in your profession
    • You hold a permanent post or have an ‘open-ended contract’ in either a university, not-for-profit research organisation or industry in the UK
    • You are at a stage in your career when you would particularly benefit from establishing or strengthening personal or corporate links between academia and industry, as a foundation for long-term collaboration and development
    • Your research is within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research and biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society.

    Applicants can be of any nationality and those requiring a visa are eligible to apply for a Global Talent Visa under the fast-track process of endorsement.

  • Awards can be for any period up to two years full-time or a maximum of four years pro rata (i.e. an award could be held at 50% part-time for four years), enabling fellows to maintain links with their employing institution more easily.

    Funds can cover:

    • The applicant’s basic salary while on secondment. The employing organisation will continue to pay national insurance and pension contributions.
    • Research expenses which may be claimed up to the value of £4,000 per year, and may be used to support summer studentships.

    We provide flexibility to accommodate personal circumstances including part-time working, sabbaticals and secondments. There is provision for maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoptive or extended sick leave, as well as financial support for childcare costs that arise from attending conferences and research visits.

  • These fellowships are aimed at supporting new collaborations between academic and industry organisations. If you are applying to support an ongoing collaboration with an industry partner or UK University, or not-for-profit research organisation, you will be required to submit a new project involving a different university/industry department.

    You should clearly state how the fellowship will benefit the not-for-profit research organisation and the industrial partner, including any potential to lead to longer-term collaboration.

  • If you have further questions regarding the scheme, please contact the Grants team on or visit the Royal Society’s contact us page.


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