The University of Leeds have allocated Institutional Strategic Support Funding (ISSF) to the following themes, including public engagement opportunities.

Early Career Researcher Fellowship Scheme (non-clinical/clinical)

Applications are currently closed. Please see below for the details of the last call. 

Download the application form and guidance.

A major component of the ISSF-3 funding will support early career researchers in order to enable them to realise their potential and position themselves for competitive external Fellowship applications. We therefore seek applications from candidates at either the last stages of their PhD work or after one or two post-doctoral positions, dependent on the type of Fellowship envisioned. Applications are invited from any Faculty, but applicants must be working within the Wellcome Trust remit

The scheme is also open for clinical applicants who are either:

  1.  A clinical lecturer wishing to undertake full time research to develop an application for a Clinician scientist award or
  2. An individual in ST1-ST3 who wishes to undertake research to obtain a competitive PhD fellowship to be held at the University of Leeds and can demonstrate their commitment to an academic career. 

Discipline Hopping Fellowship Scheme

Applications are currently closed. Please see below for the details of the last call. 

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A second component of the ISSF-3 funding will support discipline hopping activities. These can be for internal collaborations but we also welcome applications for travel and subsistence costs to support short term inter-institutional research visits to either academic or industrial laboratories to develop new research skills. We will encourage secondments out of academia, for example into industry or regulatory agencies. Discipline hopping can be valuable at any stage in a researcher’s career and we will therefore open this scheme to all, from PhD students to established investigators.     

The above awards will cover both salary costs and a contribution towards consumables, aligned to the needs of the proposed work.  

Flexible Career Support Fellowship Scheme

You can apply for this fellowship at any time by emailing your application to

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Many researchers need to take extended periods of leave for a variety of reasons. In addition to maternity, paternity or adoption leave, these may involve personal circumstances such as caring for children or relatives, injury, illness or bereavement. In addition researchers may need to spend time away from the University, either in other academic institutions (UK or overseas) or in industry. We welcome applications for funding to support a return to work, for example providing funding for short-term technical assistance or buy-out of teaching duties, purchase of consumables / facilities access, help with costs or logistics of conference attendance or training courses (new skills or refresher training). There will be no deadlines for these applications which will be considered on an ad hoc basis.

Applications would not normally be expected to exceed £10,000.

Museum University Public Engagement Programme

A scheme has been developed to allow researcher to engage with public audiences by either:

  1. gaining experience in working with the public
  2. developing and delivering dissemination activities to support researchers' work or
  3. recruiting an audience t allow co-design and production of a research project

For more information visit: MUPEP Information.

Research Development Funding for consultation or involvement of members of the public or patients: Next deadline for this call is 5 January 2018

These awards are for researchers at the University of Leeds who require funding to support patient and / or public involvement / engagement at the research design stage.  The awards can be used to fund the involvement of members of the public (eg interested members of the public, patients, carers, service users and other stakeholders) in shaping or developing research ideas.

For more information visit: RDF Information.