Applications for 2021 are now closed. We expect the 2022 round to be announced by the end of 2021. Please note that any future rounds will be announced on this page and through the Cranfield University Vacancies page. If you are interested in pursuing other fellowship opportunities, please have a look at our Fellowships page.


Could you be a world-leading academic if only you had time to concentrate solely on your research? Are you on the verge of greatness but just need time and space to get on with your research?

If the answer is yes to the above, then a Cranfield University 75th Anniversary Fellowship could be for you. 

Through the Cranfield 75th Anniversary Fellowship scheme, we are looking to provide a springboard for the future academic careers of some of the world’s most gifted researchers. We will give you the opportunity to conduct innovative research without the pressures to seek industry funding or teaching commitments. Throughout the programme, you will receive the support of a comprehensive career development programme and the chance to be mentored by leading academics, whilst benefiting from a strong peer support network.

All we ask is that you are brilliant – as an engineer, chemist, biologist, social scientist, economist or whatever your background might be. If this sounds like you and you are within 6 years of your PhD (career breaks excepted), then we encourage you to apply. Further information can be found under the following links:

Information for applicants
Information for Cranfield Sponsors
Information for Industrial Sponsors
Meet our 2020 fellows

For any queries about the scheme, please contact

Deadline: 7 March 2021

About Cranfield

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact on our Working at Cranfield page.
Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: ambition, impact, respect and community. To find out more please visit our About page.

At Cranfield we value diversity and inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of home working, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. To find out more, please visit our Diversity page

For any queries about the scheme, please contact the Research and Innovation Office at Cranfield on