2025 ODA Global Innovation Fellowships for UK-based Early and Mid-Career Researchers

Deadline: November 6, 2024.

The objective of the ODA (Official Development Assistance) Global Innovation Fellowships is to provide opportunities to UK-based early- and mid-career researchers from across the humanities and social sciences to develop their skills, networks and careers in the creative and cultural, public, private and policy sectors to address challenges that require innovative approaches and solutions. Through the ODA Global Innovation Fellowships, researchers in the SHAPE community will be supported to create new and deeper links beyond academia, so enabling knowledge mobilisation and translation, as well as individual skills development.

Applications are invited in any of the following areas:

  • Environment, Sustainability & Nature
  • Transformative Technologies
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Cities & Urbanisation
  • Global Order, Geopolitics and International Affairs


  1. Fellowship is open to UK-based early- and mid-career researchers from across the humanities and social sciences.
  2. The partner organisation must be based in any of the following countries: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey, and any country from this list of Least Developed CountriesApplications that are not considered ODA-eligible will not be taken forward through the assessment process.

Successful candidates will be selected on the basis of the quality and interest of the activity or range of activities and outputs proposed in the application. Award-holders will be expected to play a role in promoting the approaches and methods that are the focus of their award, and consider the potential for engagement between academic and non-academic environments. Eligible activities and outputs can involve, but are not limited to:

  • Evidence notes – reports, notes and responses to key challenges/approaches for developing connections with policy leaders or innovators;
  • Data analysis – identifying and analysing datasets that may be relevant to enhancing understanding and framing new solutions;
  • Case studies – exploring practical or policy-orientated solutions, engagement between academic and non-academic environments and the wider benefits to individuals/communities/regions;
  • Briefings/blogs/podcasts/videos and other outputs to reach a variety of audiences and environments, including policymakers (where relevant);
  • Conferences/workshops/webinars/toolkits and other training opportunities which enable knowledge exchange.


These fellowships are offered as awards for up to £150,000 for 12 months in duration (with Full Economic Costing at 80%).

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