Research and Knowledge Exchange

KE Fellowship Scheme - Information for Applicants

We invite employees in public, private and third sector organisations, and self-employed freelancers, to spend time with us, working on projects of mutual interest.

What kind of projects do Knowledge Exchange Fellows undertake?

  • Carrying out research to inform the work of your organisation
  • Organising an event linking research and policy or practice
  • Building a network of relevant academics and practitioners
  • Developing a training course or programme
  • Working on a creative piece of work
  • Writing funding applications for larger knowledge exchange projects

What the does the scheme offer you?

  • The opportunity to work on a project which will be useful to you and to your organisation
  • An academic mentor
  • Access to the University library, including its extensive electronic resources
  • Access to a wide range of research seminars
  • Shared office space and other facilities as agreed with the host department
  • An annual showcasing event to share your work.

What do Knowledge Exchange Fellows bring to the University?

  • A project idea which is of interest of shared interest to you, your organisation and the University
  • Expertise, networks and experience
  • The potential for future collaboration between you, your organisation and the University

How do I apply?

We welcome enquiries throughout the year. Contact us by emailing Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Adviser on

Please tell us:

  • Who you work for (or if you are freelance)
  • Your role
  • A short summary of your idea
  • If you have someone in mind you would like to work with.

Based on your project idea, we will attempt to identify an academic who matches your interests. When a match is found, you will make a joint application. If you are already working with an academic as part of an existing partnership, you can make a joint application directly.