Future Roads Fellowships (FUTUREROADS) is a Fellowship Programme intended to foster excellence in experienced researchers' training, mobility and career development in advanced research into the digital and sustainable transformation of road networks.
Running over 5 years, the £5.9m project offers 27 fellowships, each lasting for 36 months, in 3 recruitment rounds (10, 10 and 7 fellows respectively) focusing primarily in 5 areas:
- Digital twins
- Smart materials
- Data science
- Automation and robotics
- Sustainability solutions
Fellows benefit from international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research training as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility. The programme allows applicants to have the freedom to develop their own ideas with access to excellent facilities.
It operates in line with the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, so spreading the best practices of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA).
A further aim is to establish a multidisciplinary training platform to strengthen researchers’ capabilities so they can work anywhere in Europe, and thus attract researchers from around the world to the continent.
Step-by-step application quick guide
Applicants are advised to follow these steps before making an application:
- Step 1: Visit the programme website
- Step 2: Read the Call for Applicants
- Step 3: Read the Guide for Applicants
- Step 4: Download Ethics Form and Project Description & Plan template
- Step 5: Fill out Ethics Form and Project Description & Plan template
- Step 6: Go to the university portal and follow the application steps listed
- Step 7: Upload all necessary documents (see personal and application eligibility for details)
- Step 8: Submit application
- PhD degree or evidence of completing PhD degree requirements and waiting to receive the degree
- Up to 2 years of postdoctoral research experience (after completing the PhD) in any Future Roads scientific areas. Applicants with 3-4 years of postdoctoral research experience will be considered in exceptional cases.
- Availability to start the fellowship within two months at most from the date of receiving the fellowship offer
- Comply with the MSCA Mobility rule, i.e., applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activities (work, studies, etc.) for more than 12 months in the UK in the three years immediately prior to the application deadline. The latter excludes time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service, and/or short stays such as holidays are not considered.
- Cover letter, CV and publication list (merged as one document)
- Project Description & Plan template
- Degree certificates (merged as one document)
- Ethics Form
Application timeline for cohort 1:
- Opening of call: 1st December 2021
- Deadline for applications: 11:59 pm GMT 28th February 2022
- Evaluation period: 11 weeks
- Applicants will receive answers: mid/late May 2022
- Fellowship period begins: September 2022