Applications for 2021 Fellowships will open in October 2020
1851 Research Fellowships are intended to give early career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation; an ultimate objective is to contribute to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative national culture. Around eight awards are made each year.
The 1851 Commissioners seek to widen the pool of candidates by encouraging researchers in the core subjects of Civil, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering to submit applications in these disciplines which address the primary infrastructure needs of modern society: the buildings we live and work in, transportation of many forms and the machinery and plant which supply our energy needs. Successful applications in these areas will be designated ‘1851 Brunel Fellowships’ and applications will be assessed separately from those in the Science subjects to reflect the different demands and expectations of core Engineering subjects, particularly in respect of the possible complexity of the final outcomes.
Fellowships are held from 1 October in the year of award (or such date in 2020 as agreed with the fellow), and offers cannot be deferred to later years.
“The 1851 Fellowship has been one of the defining aspects of my academic career. It has allowed me to focus on developing my own research program, which will form the basis of my work for years to come, and has been instrumental in establishing my career and research profile. I am truly grateful.” Dr Tom Montenegro-Johnson, Research Fellow 2014
“The 1851 Fellowship gave me the best ever start to my independent career. Not only did it help me to make friends across disciplines with other 1851 awardees of my time, but it helped me connect with the incredible previous Fellows. It helped me identify commonalities of character, attitudes and perspectives of thought-leaders in science that I have tried to nurture in my own approach.” Professor Yamuna Krishnan, Research Fellow 2002
“The 1851 Fellowship really provided a platform for me to launch my independent research career. There is no doubt that, without it, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” Dr Rhodri Davies, Research Fellow 2008
Applications for 2021 Fellowships will open in October 2020
The aim of the scheme is to encourage profitable innovation and creativity in British Industry – to the mutual benefit of the Fellow and his or her sponsoring company. Projects in any science or engineering discipline will be considered.
These prestigious Fellowships are awarded to selected, exceptional graduates with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to Industry for a programme of doctoral level research. They are open to company employed candidates or nominated Doctoral Centre / CASE candidates.
Around 10 awards are made each year, one of which is designated the ERA Foundation Fellow for the electro-technology sector.
“The Industrial Fellowship has been a great way to gain innovative advantage with the limited resources inherent to SMEs. It gave us control over the research being conducted and ownership of new IP. In fact, we’ve patented five new technologies as a direct result of the Fellowship”. Dr Ian Towle, Ketonex
“Unlike a conventional PhD, the Industrial Fellowship has allowed us to develop a project that was directly tied to company aims, because the Fellow is employed by us throughout. This has really helped in the development of our competitive advantage”. Brian Butchart, SIRAKOSS
“The Industrial Fellowship has been a fantastic opportunity. It has given me the freedom to take something that I was interested in researching and take it to the next level, whilst retaining a salary and strong tie to industry.” Jordan Conway, Industrial Fellow with SIRAKOSS and the University of Aberdeen.
The next Design Fellowship will open in 2020
The Commission will be awarding the next Fellowship in Design in 2020. Full details, including the title of the project, will be posted on this site in June 2020 when applications will be invited. The value of the award is £50,000 per year. Applications are welcome from post-graduates, researchers, practitioners or professionals on a career break. Entries will be accepted not only from individuals but also from formal or informal partnerships
Introduced in 2006, awards have been made for research into:
Application Deadline: 12 noon, 30 April 2020
The aim of the scheme is to stimulate industrial design capability among the country’s most able science and engineering graduates. In the Commissioners’ view, industrial design cannot be dissociated from a clear understanding of the underlying engineering science of the product and it is for this reason that first degrees in science or engineering are prescribed. These are complementary, not alternative disciplines. For products to succeed they must not only be fit for purpose, but they must also look good and represent value for money.
Around 10 Studentships are offered each year for outstanding engineering or science graduates who wish to develop their capabilities in industrial design and who aspire to becoming leading designers in British industry. The scheme is open to applicants resident in the UK who are intending to make a career in British Industry.
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How to Apply
All applications much be submitted by email on the downloadable application form and must be accompanied by a full CV, which gives details of past work experience; a statement and evidence of interest and expectations in industrial design, including the intention to make a career in British Industry and evidence of acceptance for the intended course.
“Receiving support from 1851 was an incredible privilege,allowing me to pursue my education and be a part of an invaluable network of highly inspirational people” Nell Bennett
“One of the things I really like about engineering is that it can have a very big impact on the world – it’s great to have that as a driver and a motivator. You spend the majority of your time at work so you might as well do something that you’re passionate about and that you love.” Yusuf Muhammad
“Thanks @royalcom1851 @born2engineer for all the support and enabling so many people to do brilliant things!” Adrian Westaway
The next Built Environment Fellowship will open in 2021
The Commission will be awarding the next Fellowship in the Built Environment in 2021. Full details, including the title of the project, will be posted on this site in June 2021 when applications will be invited. The value of the award is £50,000 per year. Applications are welcome from post-graduates, researchers, practitioners or professionals on a career break. Entries will be accepted not only from individuals but also from formal or informal partnerships.
Introduced in 1995, awards have been made for research into:
Funded by the 1851 Royal Commission the RAEng 1851 Enterprise Fellowship scheme forms part of our shared commitment to stimulate excellence and encourage creativity and innovation in engineering by identifying and supporting the founders and leaders of tomorrow’s high-tech companies.
The Fellowship provides money-can’t-buy bespoke support and one-to-one mentoring, which is composed of some of the country’s most successful engineers from across academia and industry.
The core aims of the Enterprise Fellowships are:
If you are a postdoctoral researcher at a UK-based university with an innovation or technology you wish to develop through a spin-out, or you have graduated within the last five years and are seeking to run a startup in the UK, then this scheme will be of interest to you. The same application and assessment process applies to both types of applicants.
A very limited number of Special Awards are made to worthy causes and individuals whose aims are consistent with the Commission's Charter to 'increase the means of industrial education' in Britain. These may range from substantial support for other bodies in pursuing specific projects, to travel and study awards to individuals.
However, apart from its programme of Fellowships and Studentship the Commission does not offer any Special Awards for university courses or post-graduate research.
By their very nature, Special Awards are not capable of clear description, since they are assessed by Commissioners on a case by case basis. Applicants should, in the first instance, contact the Secretary before making a written application.
Amongst other institutions, Special Awards have been granted to:
Institute for Research in Schools
London Transport Museum – Inspiring Engineering
Young Engineers – Making Knexions
Design & Technology Association
V&A – Engineering Season (Mind over Matter exhibition)
Surrey Wildlife Trust – Nower Wood Education Centre
Progressive Palaeontology Conference 2017
Arkwright Scholarships Trust – Liaison officers
CaSE – Shaping the Future of Science
British Science Association CREST Awards
Smallpeice Trust – Electronics programme
EDT First Edition
EDT EES Applied – Further Development
Tomorrow’s Engineers – Impact Research Study
Kids Invent Stuff – Big Inventor Little Inventor
Royal West of England Academy – My Future My Choice
Surrey SATRO – Mega Structures Challenge
BBC World Service – The Engineers – Robots
Natural History Museum
Armourers & Brasiers Cambridge Forum
The Sir Misha Black Awards Committee for Distinguished Services to Design Education, has joined the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
The Sir Misha Black Awards were established in 1977 to honour those, who like him, have given distinguished services to design education. The inclusion of the Sir Misha Black Awards in the Royal Commission’s portfolio, effective from February 2020, reinforces the Commission’s mission to “increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry”.
Nominations are accepted from:
The Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services to Design Education
Nominations for the Sir Misha Black Medal are welcomed from those with knowledge and appreciation of the value of design education. The Medal is awarded to an individual, from any country in the world, for his or her Distinguished Services to Design Education. The words ‘education’ and ‘design’ are interpreted in their widest meaning.
The Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education
Nominations for the Sir Misha Black Award are also being accepted now. The Award is confined to educational organisations within the United Kingdom. It is open to individuals, teams, or combined schools working within educational establishments, where innovation has been the key to the development of new thinking which has led to demonstrable improvement in the education of designers.
The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 has partnered with The Royal Academy of Engineering to deliver the Great Exhibition at Home with Big Ideas.
The Great Exhibition at Home Challenge asks young people to explore how engineers can help protect the planet through weekly activities, digital resources and a fantastic video challenge for participants. The Challenge is suitable for home-working or classroom, for primary or secondary ages, and can be completed alone or with friends. The challenge can be started at any time, but will be especially suited to providing an instructive, inspiring and fun activity during the summer term.
Students throughout the UK are invited to take part in a seven-week project, culminating in a video challenge. This final challenge asks students to create and share a Great Exhibition, wherever their classroom may be. Free resources are available and winning participants will receive £500 worth of equipment to supersize STEM subjects in their school, as well as other prizes to be announced soon.
To find out more and download your digital resource pack and weekly worksheets, please visit: