How to Apply to UK Digital Economy Crucible

How to Apply?

The call for applications is now open and will close on Tues, 2nd April 2019. Please check CHERISH-DE website for more information and any updates. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email by early May 2019. We will select 20 applicants with up to an additional 5 on a short waiting list.

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from ECRs with one (full-year) to eight years’ postdoctoral research experience or lectureship/teaching position in any discipline in any UK universities. In previous cohorts, we had successful applicants from a diverse background such as Computer Science, Psychology, Engineering, Law & Criminology, Social and Human Science, Media, Business Management, Biosciences, and Arts & Humanities. We continue to welcome applicants from varied backgrounds, and also hope to hear from ECRs working in other disciplines. Any ECRs within the same length of experience and currently working in any industry sector (private, public or NGOs) are also welcomed to apply. Your employers will benefit from your new approach of thinking, strengthened skill sets, expanded network within the research community, and links with external parties. We are happy to offer liaison support to your employer if you are keen to apply.

What costs are covered?

All residential costs such as accommodations, including night before the skills labs, and catering on the event days, and costs for all sessions in the three skills labs, will be provided for successful UK Digital Economy Crucible candidates. The participants will need to fund their travel expenses independently either through their departments or from the Digital Economy hubs if they are from one of the six Centres (see DE-Network page on the website).

How will participants be selected?

Participants will be selected through a competitive process based on their written applications reviewed by a panel consisting of the Director of CHERISH-DE, other CHERISH-DE Co-Investigators, industry partners, academics from other UK universities, and ECRs, including UK Digital Economy Crucible Alumni. In selecting participants, the panel will be looking for researchers with the following criteria:
  • work published in their field, and who are eager to take advantage of cross-discipline working
  • strong interest in digital technology, and enthusiastic about harnessing its potential to address challenges in their area of work, and meet every day human challenges
  • good awareness of the international context of the research and show evidence of recognition in the community on an international scale
  • evidence of showing leadership within the research community and evidence of pushing the boundaries of their research area
  • commitment to thinking about the impact of their work and to communicating their research beyond the academy
  • strong understanding of and commitment to CHERISH-DE’s mission
Downloads: If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Tashi Gyaltsen, Project Officer, who leads on UK Digital Economy Crucible. Email: Or contact CHERISH-DE Centre Email: