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. The University will offer one or more SIP Fellowship(s), tenable in any School of the University. The normal expectation is that one Fellowship will be awarded per Faculty. In the case where there is either no Fellowship application submitted from a Faculty or no Fellowship is awarded to a Faculty, funds will be made available to support Fellowship(s) elsewhere in the Faculty. 
  2. Fellows will be nominated by a School, and a designated academic partner who is responsible for liaising with the fellow during the period of his/her appointment.
  3. Fellowships will be open to candidates employed in the private, public or third sector, including the self-employed. Individuals employed by a higher education institute are not eligible.
  4. 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 or FTE equivalent.
  5. 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. 
  6. Staff salary costs are not eligible for funding as part of the Fellowship. A day rate, commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the Fellow and appropriate to the project, is eligible for consideration (may be subject to NI/tax deductions). Other eligible costs include reasonable travel expenses, and limited research expenses (e.g. consumables). 
  7. Each application for a Fellowship must provide the following information, prepared by the nominating academic liaising with the prospective fellow:
    • Details of the Fellowship activities:
      • a. rationale
      • b. the academic partner and School where the Fellowship will take place
      • c. activities to be undertaken
      • d. benefits to the School/Faculty/University
      • e. project plan including timetable for activities
      • f. expected outputsg. follow on plans
      • h. budgetary details (breakdown of costs, justification of included costs)
    • ii) Letter/statement of support from The Head of School (HoS) - confirming acceptance to host the Fellow for the duration of the Fellowship and outlining the value the Fellowship will add to the School
    • iii) Brief CV of proposed Fellow (2 sides of A4 maximum)

8. 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.

9. 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 HoS, and to deposit in the University Library any publication that arises from the work.

How to apply

The total funds available for 2021/22 will be £60,000. It is expected that 5-7 Fellowships will be awarded each year, with a minimum of one per Faculty in a usual year, with applications encouraged from each Faculty. The upper limit for applications is £10,000. 

Applications should be sent to Rachel Kenyon, Business Engagement Manager, by 30 April 2021.

Further information

For further information please contact Rachel Kenyon (, Business Engagement Manager, Faculty of Humanities.