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Simon Industrial and Professional Fellowships

Regulations and guidance for the Simon Industrial and Professional Fellowship.

Introduction and background

The Simon Industrial and Professional (SIP) Fellowships were established in 1990 to complement the Simon Research Fellowships in the Social Sciences.  The Fellowships provide opportunities for people employed in industry, commerce, the public sector, third sector, other professional services, or who are self-employed to undertake a fixed-term placement within the University. 

The Fellowship may be used for activities such as capacity building, or to scout and develop opportunities for business engagement, research impact, knowledge exchange or other activities of strategic importance identified by the University.

Criteria and conditions

  1. Fellowships will be open to candidates employed in the private, public or third sector, or who are self-employed. Individuals employed by a higher education institute are not eligible.
  2. It is expected that 5-7 Fellowships will be awarded each year; the maximum amount to be awarded is £10,000
  3. The Fellowships will normally be tenable for a period of 4-12 weeks. Where of exceptional quality, applications for longer periods up to a maximum of one year may be considered.
  4. The value of each Fellowship will be determined by the awarding committee, having consideration to the experience and qualifications of the persons elected and the activity proposed. In addition, the awarding committee will take into consideration the employment circumstances of each person appointed and where relevant, would expect to receive written assurances that leave of absence would be granted by the candidate’s employer.  In each case, the committee will agree the level of approved expenses.
  5. Eligible costs include a day rate commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the Fellow, reasonable travel expenses, and limited research expenses (e.g. consumables).
  6. Each application for a Fellowship must provide information, prepared by the nominating academic liaising with the prospective Fellow on project plans, budget breakdown, expected outputs etc. The application must include confirmation from the relevant Head of School to host the Fellow for the duration of the Fellowship and on the value of the Fellowship to the School.
  7. It is expected that Fellows will spend the duration of their Fellowship working within the University unless the project requires the Fellow to spend periods away from Manchester and those periods have been approved by the awarding committee. It will be acceptable for Fellows to split the period of their visit.
  8. As a condition of the acceptance of a Fellowship, each Fellow is required to submit a brief written report on the work undertaken during the Fellowship within six months of its completion, co-signed by the academic Head of School, and to deposit in the University Library any publication that arises from the work.
  9. The deadline for Fellowships starting in or after September 2017 is Monday 13 February 2017. 

Further information

For further information please contact Shanta Aphale, Business Engagement Manager, Faculty of Humanities. (Email: