KTN in collaboration with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 recently hosted an online webinar to outline their industrial fellowships funding Awards. A recording of the webinar is now available here.

The webinar covered how the fellowships are awarded to selected, exceptional graduates with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to industry for a programme of doctoral level research, supported by a company, leading to a patent, product or process improvement and a postgraduate award.

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 awards Industrial Fellowships worth up to £100,000 to the UK’s most talented early career researchers.

A summary of the Fellowships is below.

 Pursue a PhD whilst working

Applicants can pursue a PhD whilst working, allowing companies to conduct innovative research that furthers their business objectives, and accelerates the creation of IP.


  • Funding for 50% of the Fellow’s salary (up to £25K) for the three years of the Fellowship.
  • University fees paid up to normal levels for UK students.
  • Travel allowance of £3,500 p.a.


  • The applicant must have a good first degree in engineering, science or medicine, and normally be within five years of degree graduation.
  • Applicants must be employed by or have an offer of employment from a company in the UK.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a link between their employing company and appropriate staff at a UK University.
  • Applicants must have identified a research and/or development topic potentially leading to a patent, product or process in conjunction with a higher academic award, usually a PhD or EngD.

Deadline for applications is 11 February 2021. Interviews will be held in March 2021 with Fellowships commencing in October 2021.

Please visit https://www.royalcommission1851.org/awards/?award=industrial for more details on how to apply.


Stephen McComb (KTN)

Helen Harris (Fellowship Programme Manager at Royal Commission 1851) 

Nigel Williams (Secretary of the 1851 Royal Commission)


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