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Knowledge Transfer Fellowships will aim to transfer knowledge and expertise linked to EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) research between the University and a partner company. The Fellowship will fund a researcher or member of academic staff to undertake a short secondment to a business or other partner organisation.

The exchange of people between industry and academia creates a two-way flow of knowledge and expertise, allowing both partners to benefit from new perspectives and insights. Researchers can gain great career benefit from spending time in industry to understand the different needs and culture of commercial organisations, making useful links and contacts for the future.


Outward Fellowships: Academic staff, postdoctoral research staff and completing PhD students. Fellowship applications for 3-12 months duration are particularly welcomed from completing PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to transfer the results of their research into a partner company or other organisation.  PhD students/PDRAs are recommended to consult their supervisor as the first step in applying for a Fellowship. PhD students must have submitted their thesis before commencing the Fellowship.

Inward Fellowships: Applications are invited from academic staff to host a named industry contact in their Department for a 3-12 month Fellowship.

Level of funding

Outward Fellowships: Staff costs (full- or part-time) for the Fellow plus travel and subsistence can be included up to a maximum of £60,000.

Inward Fellowships: Travel and subsistence, consumables, and other direct costs can be supported up to a maximum of £60,000. N.B. IAA funds cannot be used for employment costs of the incoming Fellow as they will continue to be employed by their existing employer.


For further information on secondments, application procedure and internal requirements please the the Research Strategy Office website.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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