Fellowship Programme

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Find out more about our current Fellows

Read an evaluation of the Fellowship Programme on F1000

The Institute’s Fellowship Programme provides funding for researchers who want to improve how research software is used in their domains and/or area of work.

Each Fellow is given £3,000 to spend over fifteen months. This funding can be used for any activities that meet both the Fellow's and the Institute’s goals, such as travel to workshops, running training events such as software carpentry, data carpentry or library carpentry, nurturing or contributing to communities of practice, collaborating with other Fellows, or for any other activities that relate to computational practice or policy.

In light of the ongoing situation around COVID-19, we encourage applicants to consider that travel and in-person events may not always be feasible, and we particularly welcome plans with online-based activities. 

The main goals of the programme are to improve computational practice and to promote this improvement across all disciplines. We encourage our Fellows to use software sustainability practices themselves and to be ambassadors of good practice in their own domains.

Our Fellows have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, experience and career stages. What they have in common is a passion for their area, the ability to communicate their ideas effectively, and a real interest in the role of software in research.

The Fellowship Programme empowers people to talk to a wider audience about the role of software in their research domain, and to develop communities around the skills they learn. They can network with others who share their interests, and learn new skills that benefit both themselves and their collaborators.

We greatly value our Fellows and their expertise and advice, which is reflected across all of our programmes and activities. We also support projects that build on the Fellows’ initial work and help nurture communities of practice.

If you have questions about the Programme, please contact Rachael Ainsworth, Institute Community Manager at fellows-management@software.ac.uk


Applications will open for the Fellowship Programme 2021 on Monday, 7 December 2020. Sign up here to be notified when registration opens.

Fellowship Programme 2021 

This is the schedule for the Fellowship Programme 2021:

  • Monday, 7 December 2020 - Fellows 2021 applications open
  • Thursday, 14 January 2021 - Fellows 2021 launch webinar 
  • Friday, 5 February 2021 - Applications close at 23:59 GMT
  • Monday, 1 March 2021 - Shortlist announced
  • Thursday, 11 March 2021 - Online selection day (candidates must be available from 10:00 to 17:00 GMT)
  • Thursday, 8 April 2021 - Offers of fellowships to successful candidates
  • Friday, 30 April 2021 - Official announcement of 2021 Fellows

Sign up here for more information about the Fellowship Programme 2021 and to be notified when registration opens.

Who is eligible?

If you are:

  • based in the UK or with a formal affiliation with a UK based institution or office.
  • your plan must be primarily focused on improving UK capability (SSI is a UK funded organisation).
  • a researcher who uses software,
  • or, a developer who writes tools for researchers,
  • or, a research software engineer who supports the work of researchers with software,
  • or, an advocate for best practice in software use for your research domain,
  • or, in a leadership role in projects or organisations that make heavy use of software,
  • or, a user of research software,
  • or, passionate about software in research in any way,

then the Fellowship programme will be of interest to you. Please see the FAQ for more details about eligibility.

Our Fellows come from a wide range of academic areas and career stages, and we encourage applications from anyone who is eligible and is excited by the potential of research software.

Read the profiles of our current and past Fellows and watch this video from the 2019 launch to see the wide variety of researchers we work with and to find out more about how to apply.

You can also read about what it’s like being a Fellow from a scientific perspective and a humanities perspective.


Here are some more thoughts from current or previous Fellows on why you should apply in 2021:

Further help

For more help, have a look at the following links.

How to make a great screencast application for the Fellowship programme

Highlights of the Fellowship 2019 programme webinar

How to apply 

These resources are related to the 2019 Programme and include a detailed explanation of how to apply that is still relevant for 2021.

Fellow Profiles

Read more about individual Fellows, associated links and articles they have authored on the site by looking at the Fellow profiles.

Evaluation of the Programme

Read an evaluation of the Fellowship Programme which is published at F1000.