Enterprise Fellowships

Funding area: Commercialisation Support

RSE Enterprise Fellowships enable promising science and technology researchers to develop into successful entrepreneurs.

Awardees get to focus solely on refining their business ideas, whilst receiving one year’s salary, expert training in entrepreneurship and access to mentorship from business Fellows of the RSE and other successful entrepreneurs in the business community.

Since 1997, over 200 individuals have benefited from this highly competitive and prestigious programme which has been supported by Scottish Enterprise, BBSRC, STFC, NERC and QuantIC.

View the scheme brochure  for more details.

The next deadline for Enterprise Fellowships is 1 November 2017.

When the call for applications is open, details on how to apply can be accessed via the Application Forms and Guidance section below.

Fund deadline

November 1, 2017 5:00 pm

Fund duration

Enterprise Fellows are hosted by a university or research institute for the duration of the Fellowship which is twelve months.

Additional Information

If you have any further questions about the Fellowship, please contact the RSE’s Awards Manager, Anne Fraser, 0131 240 5013.

Please click here to access our FAQs document.

We are holding a few workshops at different locations to assist candidates who are looking to apply for an Enterprise Fellowship.

The workshops will pick out key aspects that applicants should address in each section of the application form and highlight some of the key fundamental principles of successful commercialisation; ranging from the distinction between ‘features and benefits’ to the importance of intellectual property protection. The sessions will also include advice on how to communicate your technology clearly to non-specialists and how to effectively structure the interview presentation.

The sessions are presented by Dr Kevin Parker and Dr Tony Aldhous of KKI Associates Ltd, who have a cumulative experience of 40 years in technology transfer, including some 250 individual spin-out projects across a range of technologies.

Upcoming workshops:

6th September, 11.00 -13.00
ETTC Conference Room, Alrick Building, Kings Buildings, The University of Edinburgh, EH9 3FH
Please click here to book your free space.

19th September, 14.00 – 16.00
The Enterprise Hub, Level 6, Graham Hills Building, 50 Richmond Street, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, G1 1XP
Please click here to book your free space.

The next deadline for Enterprise Fellowships is 1 November 2017.

Application forms for the next round are not currently available, please check back nearer to the deadline.

In the meantime, the following guidance forms could be looked at for reference/checking eligibility:


SE Enterprise Fellowships

Terms and conditions

Application guidelines

STFC Enterprise Fellowships

Terms and conditions

Application guidelines

BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

Terms and conditions

Application guidelines

Quantic Enterprise Fellowships

Terms and conditions

Application guidelines

TTO guidance for all Enterprise Fellowships

Christopher Leburn – Chromacity Lazers

Margaret Anne Craig – Clyde Bioscience Ltd.

John March – BigDNA

Chris Doran – Geomerics