Application and peer review process

There are no deadlines for the new fellowship scheme, applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed on a rolling basis. Applicants should apply when they are ready to submit.

Note that from the 01 January 2014, applicants can put any date within a year of their submission as their start date. Applications submitted before 01 January 2014 will be processed according to the previous rules on start date.

Expert peer review and prioritisation panels.

Full proposals will be sent out to expert peer review and will assessed against the following criteria:

  • Research Quality
  • The Applicant (including qualities and experience)
  • Importance
  • Research Environment
  • Impact
  • Resources and Management
  • Fit to Strategic Priorities

If the reviews are sufficiently supportive, the proposal will go on to the prioritisation panel stage, and you will have the opportunity to respond to reviewers’ comments. If the reviews are not supportive, the proposal will be rejected at this point and you will be sent copies of the reviewers’ forms as feedback.

Fellowship applicants will be prioritised twice a year in approximately January / February and July, at our standard-grant panel meetings. However we cannot guarantee that proposals will go to a specific panel meeting due to variations in the time it takes to secure a sufficient number of reviewers' report. Please allow enough time for postal peer review stage which can take a minimum of four months.

The prioritisation panel meeting assesses primarily the quality of the science, however all criteria will be assessed. The final decision as to which panel meeting a proposal is assessed at rests with EPSRC.

At the prioritisation panel applicants will be shortlisted for interview.

Interview Panel

Interview panel meetings will take place approximately six weeks following the prioritisation panels. At the interview stage, an interview panel will assess primarily the qualities of the applicant, however all criteria may be assessed.

The interview will take place at the Research Councils’ offices in Swindon, UK. EPSRC does not expect to pay for travel expenses and it is expected that you approach your department or institution in the first instance. Please contact the appropriate EPSRC fellowship contact for more information if necessary.

Applicants whose proposal is considered at a prioritisation panel in January / February will be informed of the final outcome of their interview by April. Applicants whose proposal is considered at a prioritisation panel in July will be informed of the final outcome of their interview by October.