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 is supported by Scottish Enterprise (SE), BBSRCSTFC and NERC.

View the scheme brochure for more details.

The next deadline for Enterprise Fellowships will be in April 2017.

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.


Information Workshops

Information workshops on RSE Enterprise Fellowships are held around the UK prior to application deadlines.

These information sessions will:

  • Explain the background and success of the Enterprise Fellowship Programme
  • Outline the support provided: 12 months of salary support; business training; business mentors; access to professional/entrepreneurial networks; business development funding of up to £10,000
  • Cover the training that will be provided to successful applicants
  • Give information on the application process

The next workshops are detailed below:

26 January 2017, Research Strategy & Innovation Office, University of Glasgow, 2 – 3.30pm, to attend please contact Dr Elizabeth Adams

13 February 2017, University of Strathclyde’s Enterprise Hub, 2 – 3pm

22 February 2017, University of Aberdeen ABVenture Zone, 2 – 3pm

Application Preparation Workshops

These workshops will take applicants through the application form, picking out key aspects they need to address at each point. The sessions will highlight some of the key fundamental principles of successful commercialisation, ranging from the distinction between ‘features and benefits’ to the importance of intellection property protection. It will include advice on how to communicate your technology clearly to non-specialists. The workshops will then discuss an effective structure of the presentation that short-listed candidates have to give, including advice on how to answer some FAQ’s.

The workshops 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.

The next workshops are outlined below:

13 March 2017, University of Strathclyde’s Enterprise Hub, 2 – 4pm

22 March 2017, University of Aberdeen ABVenture Zone, 11 – 1pm 


Please see this document for FAQs and if you have any further queries, please contact the RSE’s Awards Manager, Anne Fraser, 0131 240 5013.


The next deadline for Enterprise Fellowships will be in April 2017.

If you are looking to get your application prepared in the meantime, please use the following guidance forms for reference:

SE Enterprise Fellowships

Terms and conditions

Application guidelines

TTO guidance

NERC Enterprise Fellowships

Terms and conditions

Application guidelines

TTO guidance

BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

Terms and conditions

Application guidelines

TTO guidance


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