Our department has an exemplary track record supporting successful fellowship applications, including British Academy, Wellcome Trust and Marie Skłodowska-Curie.

In the last ten years we have hosted more than 50 prestigious fellowships by backing innovative research projects.

Expressions of interest for the Leverhulme Early Career Scheme are now closed.

The fellowships we offer fall into four categories:

  • Early career: these schemes can vary but usually this is within the first few years post PhD. There is often mentorship from a senior member of academic staff at the host institution.
  • Mid career: once you've been research active for a number of years and you wish to pursue research exclusively for a period of time by obtaining funds for teaching buy-out.
  • Independent fellowships: when you're ready to become an independent researcher and build your profile in a particular area.
  • Established/late career: for established researchers building capacity in a particularly strategic area or expanding an area of existing work.

There are number of research centres that offer unique opportunities for collaboration including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, History and Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media within the School of Arts and Creative Technologies:

Related links

  • Fellowships at York
  • Case studies of Archaeology Fellows
  • Fellowship wiki (internal users only)

Archaeology research at York

in the UK for our research

according to the Times Higher Education's ranking of the latest REF results (2021).

of our research environment is rated 4*.

This is the REF's highest rating, recognising the support we give our researchers.

Fellowships schemes

Fellowship scheme Funder deadline Department/institutional triage applicable?
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships February Yes
Wellcome Early Career Awards February No
British Academy Each Autumn No
Marie Curie Sklodowska Fellowships Each September No
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Varies depending on scheme No
Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships June/July Yes
UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Outline stage October. Full application December Yes
NERC independent research fellowships October No
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 - Fellowship in the Built Environment September No

Supporting your application

We're committed to supporting fellowship applicants throughout the application process. Please contact us as early as possible so that we can provide the maximum level of support for you.

Assistance from an academic staff member will include:

  • Advice on the development of your research proposal
  • Help with resource planning, including the identification of available departmental equipment and resources
  • Draft text for institutional letters of support and other necessary support documentation

Assistance from research support staff will include:

  • Help with understanding funder requirements
  • Resource planning and costing
  • Liaising with the University of York research office

If you wish to visit us and discuss a draft proposal, contact your mentor who can apply for funds to assist your travel costs.

How to apply for a fellowship

Before submitting an expression of interest for a fellowship, you should make contact with a member of our academic staff directly to discuss your proposed research and how it aligns with existing research at York. Please contact with us as soon as possible as there is often a longer lead in for more complex schemes such as the Future Leaders Fellowship scheme.

To submit an expression of interest for a fellowship scheme please email archaeology-research-support@york.ac.uk at least six months in advance of the deadline with the following documentation:

  • An up-to-date CV, including a full publication list
  • Details of the fellowship scheme you would like to apply to
  • A draft research proposal, no longer than two A4 pages
  • A short statement setting out your reasons for wanting to carry out your research at York (and, if relevant to the fellowship scheme, details of the staff member you would like to act as your mentor/supervisor.)

Related links

  • Fellowships at York
  • Case studies of Archaeology Fellows
  • Fellowship wiki (internal users only)