Future Research Leaders: call for proposals

For information, we are planning to issue the next call for proposals to our Future Research Leaders Scheme in July 2015 and we anticipate that the closing date will be in September 2015.

Unfortunately we are unable to answer questions about the call until after it has been published. In the meantime, please subscribe to eNews, our bi-monthly electronic newsletter, or follow us on Twitter for further news on ESRC funding opportunities. Applicants can also apply to our Research Grants scheme, which is open all year round to applicants at all career stages.

*Please note that the information below relates to the previous call and is available 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:

Previous calls

The World in 2065 Writing Competition

Are you an ESRC-funded PhD student, or have been within the last three years? Then we want to hear from you. As part of our anniversary celebrations the ESRC and SAGE have launched a writing competition to take a creative look at what impact current research will have on our fields. This competition aims to recognise the next generation of creative researchers with excellent written and communication skills.

The deadline for entries is 16.00 on 15 July 2015.