Scottish Crucible

Funding area: Career Development

A leadership and development programme for Scotland’s research leaders of the future, Scottish Crucible is for early career researchers and aims to provide participants with the time and space to see the bigger picture. Scottish Crucible will encourage researchers to:

  • Put their roles into a wider societal context – by understanding the importance of engaging with the public and the media, and thinking about the social and technical challenges facing society;
  • Share perspectives and build relationships which may lead to interdisciplinary collaborations now or in the future;
  •  Think creatively and understand the skills and attitudes likely to make research more innovative.

Scottish Crucible is a series of three residential meetings (Labs), held over three months, each lasting two days. Each Lab will include a range of respected speakers, facilitated break-out groups, seminars and skills sessions. Once awarded a place on Scottish Crucible, all residential costs will be covered, including accommodation and catering.

For further information, please see the Scottish Crucible website.

Fund deadline

January 31, 2017 5:00 pm

Additional Information


Applications are welcome from those who can provide:-

  • Evidence of a high level of achievement and an ongoing commitment to a career as a research leader within academia or industry;
  • Evidence of your research independence (capacity to initiate, lead and develop research projects);
  • Evidence of interests beyond your research. This might include public engagement with science activities, involvement with a professional society or other special interest group, or an interest in science and society issues and/or science policy;
  • Evidence of an ability to embrace new and challenging thinking.

Prospective applicants should be working in Scotland and should have at least three years postdoctoral experience or equivalent industrial experience on the application closing date.


The 2017 Scottish Crucible Labs will take place on:-

  • 27th-28th April 2017 at the University of Edinburgh,  the Royal Society of Edinburgh & Scottish Parliament
  • 1st and 2nd June 2017 at the University of Stirling
  • 6th and 7th July 2017 at the University of the West of Scotland

Applicants must be able to attend all sessions.


Applications to participate in Scottish Crucible 2017 are now open and will close on 31 January 2017 at 5pm.

To apply, please register for an account. Application forms can then be downloaded from the “Apply For Funding” area once logged in.

Please use the following guidance forms for reference:

Scottish Crucible Guidance Notes