UKRI Design Future Leaders Fellowship Workshops

We are pleased to announce that we will be running 4 workshops to support the design research community with their applications for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme.  The first workshop will take place on 19th February at the University of Reading followed by Northumbria, Falmouth and Royal College of Art..  A link to register on Eventbrite can be found here.

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme has been created to support early career researchers and innovators who have outstanding potential. The support offered will be long-term and flexible, with four to seven years of support available of up to £1.2m per applicant.

The AHRC Design Leadership Fellow Professor Paul Rodgers is leading a series of workshops in the UK to help to support the Design research community with practical advice to help understand this opportunity and provide support that will allow you to develop your application to the scheme.

About the Workshops

The Design Future Leaders Fellowship workshops have been designed to help you to understand the Future Leaders Fellowship awards and to help you to best prepare your funding application. On the day, there will be opportunities to meet with AHRC representatives and experienced Design researchers to ask questions and to network with other early career design researchers.

The agenda will include a briefing from the AHRC Design Leadership Fellow (Professor Paul Rodgers), a hands-on workshop where you will focus on preparing aspects of your Design FLF application, a Q&A session, and a working lunch with opportunities for networking. Expert workshop facilitators and AHRC staff will be in attendance to help you to understand more about the Future Leaders Fellowship scheme and give you some insight into how to best prepare your Future Leaders Fellowship proposal.

Who Should Attend?

The Future Leaders Fellowships are for early career academics and innovators who are transitioning to and/or establishing their independence. Senior academics and innovators are not permitted to apply. There are no eligibility rules based on the number of years since your PhD completion nor whether the applicant currently holds a permanent or open-ended academic position. As the FLF scheme aims to enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research/innovation independence, applicants who have already achieved research/innovation independence (e.g. by securing funding aimed at this career stage) will not be competitive.

Why Attend?

Get inspired and learn how to create a FLF application with impact.

Ask the AHRC team about their funding and application processes.

Meet and network with potential research partners.

In Attendance

Professor Paul Rodgers, AHRC Design Leadership Fellow @AHRCDesignLF @paulstweet

Harry Kerr, Portfolio Manager, Creative Arts and Digital Humanities, AHRC

Dr Joanna Dunster, Strategy and Development Manager, AHRC

Are there Events in other Regions of the UK?

This workshop is part of a series of 4 planned workshops taking place during 2019. For details about other events please keep checking for updates on our website ( and social media. For more information about the Future Leadership Fellowships, please see:


If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance, please inform as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

UKRI FLF Presentations

Here are the UKRI FLF “Structuring an Application” PowerPoint presentations from Dr Jo Dunster (AHRC) and Professor Paul Rodgers (AHRC Design Leadership Fellow).

Slides from Joanna Dunster

Slides from Professor Paul Rodgers