Future Research Leaders

We are planning to issue the next call for applications to our Future Research Leaders scheme at the beginning of September with a closing date in mid-November. Eligibility for this year’s call will reflect the delay in announcing the next call, ie eligibility will be calculated as four years and 2 months from PhD submission. Applications from those who have not yet submitted their PhD or are within 24 months of its submission will be particularly welcomed in the call.

Please note we are unable to answer any further questions about the call until it has been published.

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Third call for proposals

This call is now closed. The details below are for reference only.

We are pleased to announce the third call for proposals for our early careers scheme, Future Research Leaders. The Future Research Leaders scheme aims to support outstanding early career researchers to carry out excellent research and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills.

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

Application process

Grants will be for a maximum of three years with an overall limit of £312,500 (at 100 per cent full Economic Cost). We aim to fund around 70 awards.

Further information


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 review this document before contacting the ESRC case officers for advice:

  • Jennifer Edwards
    Telephone: 01793 442544
  • Henna Patel
    Telephone: 01793 411914

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

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