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We are keen to welcome outstanding researchers to join our community as Independent Research Fellows. Potential applicants should check the eligibility criteria and closing dates of available fellowships carefully and contact the specified staff member with a short CV and draft proposal.

How we can help

We can provide support for the development of your fellowship application. This can include arranging discussions or meetings with appropriate academic staff and organising constructive comments from peer reviewers, within the areas of our research interests. Our research is organised into six clusters.

Available fellowships

Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

The Wellcome Trust awards are for research into improving human life, health and wellbeing. There are three schemes available, each having their own eligibility criteria and application process. 

In order to be considered, please submit the following documents to Sophie Gibson (

It is recommended that you contact your proposed mentor in advance of applying. If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Sophie Gibson (

British Academy - Postdoctoral Fellowships

This scheme is for outstanding early career researchers who are within three years of their PhD to undertake a three-year research project.

There is one call per year for outline applications, typically in September/October.

In order to be considered, please submit the following documents to Sophie Gibson (

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

This scheme supports a postdoctoral fellowship for up to one year full time (or two years part time) to give fellows the opportunity to prepare for a successful career in research either within or beyond academia.

There is one call each year for outline proposals, typically in January. This call is open to applicants who have undertaken their PhD at a research organisation that is part of an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership or Centre for Doctoral Training. 

Applicants must have no more than 12 months of active postdoctoral experience by the closing date for full proposals, or who will have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections by the full proposal deadline, with the expectation that their PhD will be awarded by the start of the Fellowship.