HRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Each year, the HRC awards up to nine non-stipendiary one-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, with a modest research grant made available for each.

Each of the eight arts and humanities departments (Archaeology, English, History, History of Art, Language and Linguistic Science, Music, Philosophy and Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media and one PhD-admitting centre (Centre for Medieval Studies) may nominate one recent doctoral graduate for a fellowship.

The fellowships run for an academic year, and each of the appointed fellows will:

  • carry the title Humanities Research Centre Postdoctoral Research Fellow;
  • be given personal workspace on the first floor of the Berrick Saul Building for the academic year, enabling them to continue to benefit from, and contribute to, the intellectual, social and research life of the arts and humanities community (and the company of each other);
  • receive early career support and dedicated sessions on making funding applications from the HRC research support staff;
  • receive a modest research grant.

Current and former HRC Postdoctoral Research Fellows

How to apply

Applications are now invited for HRC postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2019-20.  These fellowships will run from 30 September 2019 to 27 September 2020.

In order to be eligible, candidates must:

  1. have received formal notification that their York-registered doctoral thesis has been passed in the 18-month period before taking up the fellowship.  
    • Candidates who are due to have their viva shortly after the 30th September 2019 may apply for a postdoctoral fellowship.  However, if they are nominated as their department's candidate, their fellowship will be conditional on their passing their viva and they will only be able to start their fellowship once confirmation of this has been provided to the HRC.   The fellowship will then run from the date that this documentation is provided to the HRC until the 27 September 2020.   
  2. intend to be York-based for the period of the fellowship and able to make the HRC their work base, and intend to contribute to the HRC community through, for example, organising a seminar or workshop in the HRC, contributing to the HRC's outreach, or supporting the HRC's academic programme.
  3. intend to make a career within academia or a related field (i.e. so that the award might then directly support their future employability);
  4. Have a legal right to remain in the UK for the period of the fellowship (with official documentation to demonstrate this). 
    • Candidates holding Tier 4 visas who intend to apply for a Tier 4 Doctorate Extension after taking their viva may apply for a postdoctoral fellowship.  However, if they are nominated as their department's candidate, their fellowship will be conditional on their providing the HRC with official confirmation of their leave to remain in the UK.  The fellowship will then run from the date that this documentation is provided to the HRC until 27 September 2020.  

Beyond these baseline requirements, departments will use their own more finely grained criteria by which to select their candidate for nomination. 

The Chair of Graduates of each department/eligible centre (or alternative officer determined by the department) will invite applications to reach them at an advertised departmental/centre address by Tuesday 7th May.  The HRC must be in receipt of the one formal nomination from each department/centre by 12 noon on Tuesday 28th May. The names of the newly appointed fellows will be announced by Friday 21st June.

Please see the application form below for further details about the application process

HRC postdoctoral research fellowship application form 2019-20 (MS Word , 150kb)