Information and Communication Technologies

The ICT theme prioritises fellowship applications based on their alignment with the stated EPSRC cross-ICT priorities, rather than restricting applicants to specific research areas. Applications are invited from all ICT research areas at the Early Career and Established Career stages. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the individual research area narratives when making their application to support their application (see the Information and communication technologies theme page). The ICT theme do not offer fellowships at the postdoctoral career stage, however this does not prevent senior postdoctoral applicants from considering their fit with the Early Career Fellowship person specification.

The following section describes the current ICT fellowship priorities, which were launched on 14 February 2017. For a six month period following this launch (14 February 2017 – 14 August 2017), applicants may apply to either the new ICT fellowship priorities or the previous ICT fellowship priorities, described below. From 15 August 2017 onwards, the previous cross-ICT priorities will be closed, and applications will only be accepted if they address the new ICT fellowship priorities.

Option 1: Current ICT Fellowship Priorities

At the Early Career stage, as a minimum requirement, fellowship applicants must articulate how their chosen research addresses the People at the Heart of ICT EPSRC cross-ICT priority. Applicants may further support their applications by considering how their research addresses the other EPSRC cross-ICT priorities, although this is not mandatory.

At the Established Career stage, as a minimum requirement, fellowship applicants must articulate how their chosen research addresses both the People at the Heart of ICT EPSRC cross-ICT priority and the Cross-Disciplinarity and Co-Creation EPSRC cross-ICT priority. This additional requirement is placed upon Established Career Fellowship applicants because there is a greater expectation of applicant’s ability to address these priorities at the Established Career stage. Applicants may further support their applications by considering how their research addresses the other EPSRC cross-ICT priorities, although this is not mandatory.

For reference, the complete list of current EPSRC cross-ICT priorities is provided here:

*Mandatory for Early Career Fellowship applicants

†Mandatory for Established Career Fellowship applicants

All fellowships are key investments, and recipients should demonstrate a commitment to these priorities which is beyond that expected from holders of other types of award. Any application that is not considered to fully meet both the requirements and the spirit of the mandatory EPSRC cross-ICT priorities may be rejected prior to postal peer review.

Option 2: Previous ICT Fellowship Priorities (Closing August 14 2017)

Until August 14 2017, fellowship applicants may continue to apply against the previous set of ICT fellowship priorities. As a minimum requirement, all ICT fellowship applicants choosing to align with this set of priorities must articulate how their chosen research addresses the Working Together EPSRC cross-ICT priority. Additionally, applicants may support their applications by considering how their research addresses the other EPSRC cross-ICT priorities, although this is not mandatory. Fellowships are key investments, and recipients should demonstrate a commitment to this priority which is beyond that expected from holders of other types of award. Any application that is not considered to fully meet both the requirements and the spirit of the Working Together cross-ICT priority will be rejected prior to postal peer review.

‡ Mandatory for all fellowship applicants

Other EPSRC fellowship opportunities of relevance to ICT researchers

In addition to the ICT fellowships described above, please note other opportunities for fellowships in related areas.

Across all themes: Complexity Science (Postdoctoral fellowships only)

Complexity science explores the emergent behaviour of complex systems by focusing on the network of interconnections of the system’s components and systems architecture, rather than the individual components themselves. The scientific approach transcends traditional discipline boundaries.

Cybersecurity (Early Career and Established Career fellowships only)

Fellowship applicants interested in research relating to cybersecurity are advised to apply through the ICT theme, addressing the Safe and Secure ICT EPSRC cross-ICT priority, or through the Digital Economy Theme, addressing the Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security priority. Applicants to the ICT theme must still address either the current or previous mandatory priorities as described above.