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The IGDC welcomes outstanding post-doctoral researchers with an interest in development to apply for the following externally-funded schemes:

Newton International Fellowships

The Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre at the University of York (UK) is now open to expressions of interest for applicants to the Newton International Fellowships for 2019.

We invite applications from all eligible countries but particularly from the Newton Fund partner countries which include Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.

The proposed research must be within the British Academy’s remit of the humanities and social sciences, with more details on the disciplines covered available here. We particularly invite applicants working in areas that align with the IGDC’s five research themes:

  1. Citizenship

  2. Development Alternatives

  3. Governance

  4. Health & Wellbeing

  5. Sustainability

You can find more information about the projects currently underway at the IGDC by clicking on the regions or research themes on our research page.

How to apply:

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest for this scheme is 5pm (GMT) on Friday 8 March 2019. This leaves enough time for the IGDC to shortlist candidates and assist with proposal co-development ahead of the Newton Fund deadline of 27 March 2019 (3pm UK time). Applications should include:

  • CV (4 pages max): including your name and current institution, the date of submission of your doctorate or date of your doctoral viva, and the names of two nominated references (please note that at least one of the referees must be a UK-based researcher. For more details see page 5 of the Newton International Fellowship Notes)

  • A summary of your proposed project (max. 1500 words) which includes a general description of the proposed research to be carried out with clear specification of the context and research objectives of the proposed study, a description of the methodology to be used and an indication of milestones/timescales  

  • One paragraph on why you see the IGDC at York as a good fit for your planned project, and the name of the proposed UK co-applicant.

  • One paragraph underlining why you consider yourself to be an outstanding candidate for this scheme.

  • One writing sample (article or chapter, published or unpublished).

While crafting your proposal, we recommend that you check page 7 of the Newton Fund’s guidance document for the scheme’s assessment criteria. Candidates are strongly advised to liaise with appropriate members of academic staff between now and 8 March to discuss their project informally and the structure of their application.

Expressions of interest and any questions should be directed at Lauren Avery ( or Professor Jean Grugel (

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

The Individual Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, with a doctoral degree or at least four years full-time experience. There are two types of Individual Fellowships: Global Fellowships and European Fellowships. Please visit the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fellowships page for more information on eligibility.

ESRC New Investigator Grants

The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded. Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort. Visit the ESRC fellowships webpage to find out more.

Welcome Trust Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

This scheme supports postdoctoral researchers in health-related humanities and social sciences who do not hold established academic posts. Applications are welcome from those with a PhD or equivalent and also those who are returning to work after a break of 2 years or more. For more information see the Welcome Trust fellowships page.

NERC Independent Research Fellowship

The NERC Independent Research Fellowship (IRF) scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving all fellows five years' support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition. As part of this scheme, NERC will expand its fellowship networking and training activities, working with host institutions, to support the development of future leaders in NERC science. Visit the NERC fellowships webpage for more information.

EPSRC Fellowships

EPSRC fellowships are prioritised to be in line with EPSRC’s Capability and Challenge Themes and by career stage. Visit the EPSRC fellowships page for more information.

Future Leaders Fellowships

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories. The FLF scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants and individuals should use the person specification to assess and justify their suitability for the scheme. The support of the institution will a be critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research/innovation independence in any area supported by UKRI. Visit the UKRI fellowships webpage for more information.

If you are interested in undertaking a postdoc but would like to speak to us more generally about your options please email

For more information about holding a fellowship at the University of York please visit the University of York Fellowships Page.

The IGDC is happy to welcome a limited number of visiting researchers who can contribute to our work in different ways. This role will involve no remuneration, but offers you formal attachment to the IGDC and access to research facilities such as the library to pursue your research. You will normally be expected to present a paper in one of the IGDC seminars or events.

Application procedure

To apply, please send the following documents by email to

  • A letter of application (no more than 1,500 words) which should outline: the title and aims of your research project; the proposed academic host at York; the reasons why you wish to spend time at the IGDC; and how you intend to pay for your stay here and the fees. The research project should ideally be linked to one of the IGDC research areas
  • A 1-2 page CV
  • A letter of recommendation


The following are generally provided for academic visitors:

  • University of York email address and limited use of University and IGDC computing facilities;
  • Use of the University Library;
  • Admission to research seminars and other public events;
  • Desk space will be provided where possible.
  • Duration of visit and cost

Visitors generally spend between three and a maximum of twelve months and pay a fee, currently £200 per teaching term, or £500 for a full year.


The IGDC cannot provide advice on visas. For more information on visa applications, please visit the UKVI website.

If you require a visa to enter the UK it is essential that you seek advice on how to obtain the correct visa to suit the purpose of your visit.


The IGDC is unable to help with accommodation. Please contact Accommodation Services for more information.

The IGDC is happy to welcome a limited number of resident fellows who are affiliated with the Centre and who can contribute to our work in different ways. If you would like to discuss becoming a resident fellow do please get in touch.

We also welcome applications from researchers who are not based in York to become non-resident fellows. If you think IGDC would benefit from your work, please get in touch.

Application procedure

To apply, please send the following documents by email to

  • A letter of application (no more than 1,500 words) which should outline: the title and aims of your research project; the proposed academic host at York; the reasons why you wish to spend time in the Department; and how you intend to pay for your stay here and the fees. The research project should ideally be linked to one of the departmental research clusters
  • A 1-2 page CV

PhD in Global Development Scholarship

We encourage applications from outstanding candidates who are committed to tackling major global challenges, using interdisciplinary perspectives. Successful applicants will join and contribute to the vibrant research community within the IGDC.  We are particularly keen on supporting PhD projects that fit within our research priorities: 

  • Society and economy 
  • Health and wellbeing 
  • People and environment

We offer one full-time 3-year scholarship, covering UK/EU level tuition fees, a maintenance allowance of  £15,009 (current rate) and a small research allowance. 

The deadline for students to apply is 5pm on Friday 27 March 2020. 

To apply: 

Candidates should have: 

  • a good (2:1 minimum) undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. 


  • A  Masters (MA or MSc) degree in a relevant discipline, already awarded or expected. 
  • Experience in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research methods and/ or experience of fieldwork 

Applicants must complete and submit an online admissions application, via the University of York  postgraduate online application system

In your application, you will be asked to include:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Research proposal 
  • Two academic references 
  • Sample of written work (this can include an essay or an introduction to a dissertation) 
  • Personal statement 
  • CV
  • Evidence of your English language ability
When you apply for your PhD, select the ''IGDC PHD scholarship" option from the drop-down menu when asked how you intend to finance your studies.

If you have already applied, email and ask them to add the ‘IGDC PHD scholarship’ tag to your PhD programme application before the scholarship deadline.

For general queries regarding the application process, please contact 

We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact IGDC members for informal discussions before applying online.  For more general information about the programme, please contact

There are currently no job vacancies at the IGDC.

We do not currently have any internship or volunteering opportunities available.

What support can the IGDC offer?

  • Support, advice and alerts on specific development-related funding opportunities (GCRF, DFID, Newton funding etc).
  • Support for proposal development and application feedback.
  • Events around global challenge themes and regular research seminars. 
  • Career development opportunities through our Career Development Network.
  • Opportunities for networking with researchers from other disciplines, institutions and members of external organisations. 
  • Advice on how to translate your research overseas in a developing country context. 
  • Assistance with impact activities.

What are the benefits of being an IGDC member?

  • Web presence. Have a profile on the IGDC website, feature any relevant research projects on our interactive map and link to your departmental profile, Pure profile or personal website. We also have an active Twitter, which we use to help promote members research.
  • Receiving and sharing information. We have a weekly email round up and quarterly newsletter including information about news, events, funding and other opportunities relevant to international development research. Members are welcome to contribute.
  • Building connections. Share research with academics from other disciplines and explore collaboration opportunities. We can connect with people who might be of interest and our events provide networking opportunities with other members and external partners.

If you are staff at the University of York and are interested in becoming an IGDC member please get in touch.

Contact us

Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre
01904 321042
Department of Politics, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK