Royal Society Short Industry Fellowships, April 2024

The Short Industry Fellowships scheme is open to talented researchers, especially early career researchers, in academia or industry in the UK.

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Awards can be held full time for 3-6 months or at 50% part-time for up to 12 months, enabling fellows to maintain links with their employing institution more easily. Funds can cover the applicant’s and/or their postdoctoral researcher's basic salary while on secondment. The employing organisation continues to pay national insurance and pension contributions. Research expenses may be claimed up to a value of £1,000.


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The aims of the scheme are to:

  • Support mobility of excellent academic or industry researchers (and/or their postdoctoral researcher) between the two sectors in the UK, across the natural sciences
  • Enable the fellow to initiate and develop collaborative links between the academic and industry organisations, which may lead to longer term collaborations (and can seek further funding through the Industry Fellowship)
  • Support the career development of the fellow and/or their postdoctoral researcher gained through the working in the other sector
  • Enhance knowledge exchange in science and technology between industry and academia. Awards must involve mobility between sectors i.e. UK based private industry and a UK university or a not-for-profit research organisation.

Collaborations between academia and early-stage companies are particularly encouraged. It is anticipated that the personal and corporate links established by the researcher between the two sectors in the UK will seed longer-term collaborations and contribute to their long-term future development.

For longer term (over 6 months FTE) collaborative projects between industry and academia, see the Industry Fellowship.


This scheme is for you if:

  • You hold a PhD or are of equivalent standing in your profession
  • You hold a post in either a UK university, a not-for-profit research organisation or UK industry, which is either a permanent or fixed-term position with an end date after the expected end of the Short Industry Fellowship
  • 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.

We encourage applications involving small companies and/or early-stage companies provided they have a well-established research team and facilities. Self-employed consultants are not eligible to apply as the industrial partner.

Applicants cannot have concurrent applications detailing similar projects submitted to both the Royal Society Industry Fellowship and the Royal Society Short Industry Fellowship rounds at the same time.


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