Leadership training bursaries for NERC fellows

Call closed

NERC supports fellowships to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists. A key expectation of award holders is that they use their fellowship to position themselves as recognised leaders within their field. Fellows are expected to develop these skills by building their research profile, gaining applied experience through opportunities such as supervising PhD students and building their research group, and through completing training relevant to their learning needs. These requirements principally relate to the NERC Independent Research Fellowship and Research Programme Fellowship schemes but are also of relevance to Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowships.

Although NERC research and KE fellows have reported that they are satisfied with the development opportunities available to them, they consider there to be a shortage of appropriate leadership skills training. This was identified through feedback received at the 2015 and 2016 NERC fellows training workshops.

To address this, in 2016-17 NERC supported a pilot scheme offering training bursaries to support participation in leadership skills training courses. Bursaries covered attendance costs, including travel and subsistence costs, relevant to undertaking identified leadership skills training.

NERC is currently evaluating the outcomes of this pilot scheme and intends to provide further information of any future activities in late 2017.

Further information regarding this call, including details concerning how to apply, can be found below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 73KB)

Announcement of Opportunity application form (Word, 34KB)


For further details please contact:

NERC fellowships