Inclusion schemes

Many researchers need to take extended periods of leave for a variety of reasons. In addition to maternity, paternity or adoption leave, these may involve personal circumstances such as caring for children or relatives, illness or bereavement. This scheme is designed to welcome applications for funding to support a return to research through a returner support scheme. This scheme is open to all staff who meet WTISSF eligibility criteria from any discipline at the University of Leicester:

Return to Research Support Fund (up to £5000)

This scheme of up to £5000 is to help returners to take some training, attend a conference to re-establish their profile or to provide some short term research or administrative assistance to build their research profile. The aim of these funds is to ensure returners to research (RTR) are in a better position to apply for a research grant or fellowship funding in future, or to publish findings to support their career development.

The scheme is open throughout the year, so does not have a specific call. There will be no deadlines for these applications but they will be considered within three weeks of application.

You can apply for this fund by emailing your application (Form A) to Anna Harding ( at any time.

Frequently asked questions:

Are these awards just for those returning from maternity/paternity or adoption leave? No. There are a number of reasons why people have extended periods of leave. These include, sick leave, carers leave or bereavement.

How long do I have to spend the award? We expect the award to last up to 3 months, although it may run up to 6 months maximum.

When will I hear if my award is successful? The WTISSF committee will aim to review your application within three weeks.

Do I need to produce a report once I have completed the fellowship? Yes, we will expect a 2 page report within 4 weeks of completion, details of content and examples are available from Anna Harding

I have a disability, can I get support for the application process? Yes, we can support you with the application process by supplying forms and information in more accessible formats.

Do I have to request the full £5000 fund? No, we anticipate that we will have requests for a range of funds up to £5000. We are unable to fund any more than £5000 per person

The University also offers a Carer's Conference and Training Support Fund


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The PI for the award is Professor Andrew Fry (, Director of Research and the Manager is Anna Harding, Assistant Registrar(