The Department of Education at the University of York offers an outstanding environment for researchers looking to establish and develop their career by way of an independent research fellowship:
The department has successfully hosted independent fellowships funded by The British Academy and The Leverhulme Trust. We currently have an ever-growing, vibrant and talented community of early career researchers collaborating on a wide range of projects which have been funded by BetterStart Bradford, British Academy, British Council, ERC, EPSRC, ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust.
We have an excellent track record of helping early career researchers develop their own research careers, from the fellowship stage through to academic posts, both here at York, elsewhere in the UK or internationally.
We are keen to attract ambitious researchers to join our department and work within one or more of our research centres: The Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use; The Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice; The Psychology in Education Research Centre; The University of York Science Education Group.
Where funding schemes allow more than one mentor/senior research collaborator we are interested in collaborating in joint applications with other departments. This can be an excellent way of strengthening a proposal, engaging in interdisciplinary work, and enriching your own experience. We have experience of collaborating on funded projects with the Departments of Computer Science, Language and Linguistic Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, and are interested in exploring collaborations with other departments.
We welcome expressions of interest, at any time during the year, from researchers who are considering applying to hold a fellowship at York, with a view to supporting them in the application process.
There are two routes for making contact to initiate discussions:
To be considered for departmental support for a fellowship application we require candidates to send an expression of interest to our research administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) that includes the following:
Each expression of interest will be assessed on the basis of:
Your expression of interest will be evaluated by at least three members of staff: the director of research, the relevant research centre leader, and the member of staff named in the proposal (or one other member of staff if you are applying to work with either the director of research or the research centre leader themselves). If there are any financial implications for the department (such as co-sponsorship or costs that are not covered by the funder), the head of department will also review your expression of interest. Please allow at least five to ten working days for this initial review process.
You will be contacted as soon as possible with a decision as to whether or not the department would be able to support your application. For more information on the type of support that we provide please refer to the 'What we offer' tab.
Contact us as early as possible so that we can provide the maximum level of support throughout the process. Ensure you take into consideration any scheme deadlines because fellowship applications take time to develop. Please note that we have institutional internal deadlines for approval of all research funding applications, and will therefore not generally be able to accept proposals less than four weeks before the funder deadline.
Once your expression of interest has been approved, you will work with the experienced academic staff member you would like to collaborate with.
Support from this academic member of staff will include:
Assistance from research support staff and the Director of Research will include: