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Knowledge Exchange fellowships

Knowledge Exchange fellowships focus on accelerating and amplifying economic impact and improvements in the quality of our lives. They do this through a number of different mechanisms, from NERC-funded research to working with business, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or government bodies. This could include:

  • strengthening existing partnerships
  • developing new relationships
  • researching new market opportunities
  • providing case studies of knowledge exchange from NERC-funded research
  • providing briefings and reports suitable for policymakers.

There are two types of Knowledge Exchange fellowship - Open and Directed. Open KE Fellowships are for applicants wishing to work on their own proposal within their host higher education institution or research centre. Directed Knowledge Exchange Fellows work with a science programme, a business or a specific market sector to amplify and accelerate impact and they work across the NERC community.


Applicants must be from a NERC research centre or a HEI in receipt of NERC-funded research. Applicants can be at any career stage and can be from a user or academic background, as long as the academic host institution will be their employer for the duration of the fellowship.

How to apply

Applications must be made through Je-S, further information is available in the particulars of each opportunity.


Lynne Porter
01793 411791

Outcomes from past fellowships

Dr Ros Cornforth, AfClix director, University of Reading

Dr Cornforth's Knowledge Exchange fellowship helps facilitate the flow of information between policymakers, climate scientists and farming communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is ensuring that the latest climate science is getting through to the people who need it most.

Weathering the drought in Africa - external link

Dr Julia McMorrow, University of Manchester

Dr McMorrow's Knowledge Exchange fellowship facilitates the uptake of NERC research to improve the management of wildfire risk in the UK by acting as a knowledge broker between NERC researchers, practitioners and policymakers, joining up poorly-connected sectors. This work has altered government policy, changed firefighting practice and help conserve a national park.

Policy support for wildfire management & contingency planning in the United Kingdom - external link