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History Department Fellowships

Posted on 20 April 2018

A thriving and internationally renowned research culture.

We welcome outstanding researchers to join our community as Independent Research Fellows. The History Department at York offers a collaborative environment for researchers looking to establish and develop their career by way of a research fellowship:

  • The Department has a thriving and internationally renowned research culture. The Times Higher Education's ranking of the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) placed the Department of History second overall for research performance, as well as top 10 for both the quality of its outputs (papers) and the impact of its research outside academia 
  • Our researchers have access to a wide range of facilities, including the Borthwick Institute for Archives, which holds a unique collection of records relating to the Archbishop of York from the 13th century onwards but also possesses a very large range of archives relating to Britain and the rest of the world
  • The Raymond Burton Library, a purpose-built facility within the University Library, houses a series of important research collections and supports an extensive collection of on-line electronic research resources.
  • The University of York offers an award-winning programme of training for researcher development, delivered via the Research Excellence Training Team
  • The Humanities Research Centre provides first-class facilities for research projects, conferences and seminars. It houses the Centre for Modern Studies and the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and forms a source of support and collaboration for all research staff
  • The University’s King’s Manor campus houses centres of expertise in Medieval and Eighteenth Century history. Further interdisciplinary centres such as the York Centre for the Americas and Centre for Women's Studies provide additional opportunities for collaboration.

We will support candidates who can demonstrate a track record of excellent research, evidenced through doctoral funding or publications in top journals or similar.

Potential applicants for currently available fellowships should check the eligibility criteria of the schemes and the closing date carefully before submitting the following to Professor Henrice Altink, Chair of the departmental research committee (

  • CV (four pages max): including your name and current institution, the date of submission of your doctorate or date of your doctoral viva
  • A summary of your proposed project (max. 1,000 words)
  • One paragraph on why you see the Department of History at York as a good fit for your planned project (max. 500 words)
  • One paragraph underlining why you consider yourself to be an outstanding candidate for the scheme
  • One writing sample (article or chapter, published or unpublished).

Candidates are strongly advised to liaise with appropriate members of academic staff to discuss informally their project and the structure of their application.

How we can help

The History department is committed to supporting our fellowship applicants at each stage of the application process. We will help you identify funding schemes and provide help understanding funder requirements. In addition, we will offer the support of experienced academic staff, who will provide advice on the development of the scientific case for your research proposal.
Support will also be available for resource planning and costing; furthermore, We will liaise with the University of York research office; provide any letters of support from relevant staff (e.g. academic sponsor/mentor, head of department); and organise internal peer-review of your draft application

We have an excellent track record in hosting fellowships and helping independent fellows develop their research career. Many of our former fellows have gone on to successful academic careers, here and elsewhere. We have hosted several Marie Curie Fellows, Wellcome Trust and other fellows.
The department currently hosts the following fellows:

  • Marie Curie fellow – Eric Durot, ‘The Outbreak of the Wars of Religion’ 
  • Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow - Suranga Dolamulla, ‘Middle Income Solutions for a Global AMR Problem’
  • Centre for Future Health fellow (University of York and Wellcome Trust) – Rebecca Wright, ‘Powering Health: Energy and Wellbeing in the US and the UK, 1900 - 1970'
  • Commonwealth Rutherford Fellow – Namrata Ganneri, ‘India’s Smallpox Eradication Programme As A Global Roadmap’.

Fellows will be offered an office, full access to IT and library services and a comprehensive induction to Departmental and University facilities. Fellows will be provided with a mentor, who will provide advice on both their research and career development. There is also support available both within the department and the faculty for further research funding applications and various research training opportunities, including those provided by the award-winning University Research Excellence Training Team.

The department has a vibrant research culture in which fellows are encouraged to participate. There are weekly research seminars with internal and external speakers in the autumn and spring terms. The various research centres, ranging from the Centre for Global Health Histories and the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture to the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, also offer guest lectures. Fellows will have the opportunity to bid jointly with members of staff for internal funding to organise workshops and conferences. They can also, depending on the criteria of their fellowship, undertake teaching qualifications such as PGCAP and YPAD and, where relevant, carry out undergraduate teaching in the department. Research fellows are represented on the departmental research committee.