Future Research Leaders: call for proposals

*Please note that this call closed on 20 January 2015. The following is for information only.

The information presented below is for the attention of individuals who submitted their proposals prior to the deadline.

We are pleased to announce the fourth call for proposals for our early careers scheme, Future Research Leaders. The Future Research Leaders scheme aims to enable outstanding early-career social scientists, in partnership with their host organisation, to acquire the skills set to become the future world leaders in their field.

The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years and four months' postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation.

Application process

Grants will be for a maximum of three years, with a pro-rata duration option for those employed part-time on a contract of 0.5 FTE or above. There is an overall limit of £350,000 (at 100 per cent full Economic Cost) although the actual amount you can apply for will vary depending on when you submitted your PhD and your level of academic experience. We aim to fund up to 40 awards.

The closing date for proposals is 16.00 on 20 January 2015.

Further information

*Please note that as of 13 January 2015, the following modifications have been made to the Je-S guidance:

  • the upper page limit for the final/interim reports attachment has been confirmed as three A4 sides per project
  • the mentor’s statement and CV must be submitted as attachment type ‘Mentor Statement’, not attachment type ‘Other’


If you have any questions or would like further information about the scheme please email futureresearchleaders@esrc.ac.uk

We are monitoring the questions we receive so that these can be included in the Frequently Asked Questions. We highly recommend that potential applicants check the FAQ before contacting the ESRC for advice:

  • Chris Noyce
    Telephone: 01793 444189
  • Jessica Collier
    Telephone: 01793 413106

Enquiries relating to the Je-S application procedure should be addressed to:

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