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Independent Research Fellowships

Develop your research career at the Department of Mathematics, University of York

We are keen to welcome outstanding researchers to join our community as Independent Research Fellows. We have had outstanding success with fellowship applications in recent years, including European Union Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Leverhulme Early Career, Royal Society University Research and Schlumberger Foundation fellowships.

The Department of Mathematics is housed within the world-class University of York, and combines leading mathematical and interdisciplinary research with high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 80 per cent of research activity in the Department was rated as internationally excellent.

We are dedicated to the development of researchers and their careers, with the University supporting the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education). The University of York values the diversity of its members and is committed to the creation of a positive environment which is fair, welcoming and inclusive and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We encourage interest from people with a variety of backgrounds and experience; for example, people from sections of the community that are currently underrepresented in the Department, those with commitments that would benefit from flexible working, and people wishing to return to research after a career break.

The Department currently comprises approximately 60 academic and research staff and 130 graduate students (including PhD and MSc). Our principal areas of research are: AlgebraNumber TheoryGeometry and AnalysisMathematical Finance and Stochastic AnalysisMathematical Physics and Quantum InformationMathematical Biology and Chemistry; and Statistics and Probability.

How can we help

How can we help?

We can provide support for the development of your Fellowship application. This support can include: arranging for discussions/ meetings with appropriate academic staff; organising constructive comments from peer reviewers; arranging contact with specialists in intellectual property etc.; and administrative support. We also support visits to the Department to allow Fellowship applicants to spend a focussed time on developing their proposal in collaboration with both academic and administrative staff via the York Mathematics Fellowship Development Bursary.

York Mathematics Fellowship Development Bursary

We are currently accepting applications for the York Mathematics Fellowship Development Bursary. Successful applicants will receive funding for travel and accommodation to visit York for up to one week where they will meet our staff and collaborate on the development of their Research Proposal. Before beginning your application, please ensure that you contact the member of staff in the department who you would like to work with to: 1. discuss your application; 2. discuss whether they would be able to act as the local lead investigator for the project if it were ultimately funded; 3. ensure that they support your application.

We typically expect applications to be made at least 6 weeks before intended visits. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible.

York Mathematics Fellowship Development Bursary - application form (MS Word , 44kb)

Fellowship Opportunities

What Fellowship opportunities are there?

Please also see the University of York Fellowships webpage for opportunities, and examples of what the University of York can offer to Fellowship candidates. Please carefully check eligibility criteria. This list is not comprehensive, and there are likely to be further opportunities in your area of research or for your particular circumstances.

NEWS: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have created Stephen Hawking Fellowships. These are designed to support and develop the next generation of visionary scientists in theoretical physics at the beginning of their career. The fellowships will provide up to 4 years’ funding for fellows with a strong passion for curiosity driven science that seek to challenge current assumptions, advance scientific knowledge and inspire the public through their discoveries. More information can be found at:

Our Fellowship Holders

Fellowship holders at Department of Mathematics

Some of our Fellows include:

Dr Haralampos Geranios working on ‘Problems in Modular Representation Theory of General Linear Groups’, 2017-2022, University Research Fellowship, The Royal Society.

Dr Matthew Pusey working on better understanding of the formalism of quantum theory, until 2021, Research Fellowship, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Dr George Constable working on ‘Uncertainty in Evolutionary Dynamics’, 2017 to 2020, Early Career Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust

Dr Paul Razafimandimby, working with Prof. Zdzislaw Brzezniak on ‘Stochastic Ericksen-Leslie Equations’ (SELEs), 2019-2021, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.

Dr Nóra Szakács, working with Prof. Victoria Gould on ‘Partial actions of monoids and partial reflections ‘ (PartAct), 2019-2021, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.

Dr Fiona Bate working with Prof. Martin Bees on 'Optimising Biofuel Production in Spatial Models of Wastewater Treatment' 2019-2021 Daphne Jackson Research Fellow.

Dr Eleni Kontou, working with Prof. Chris Fewster on ‘Quantum Energy Conditions and Singularity Theorems’ (QuEST), 2017-2019, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.

Dr Rida-E Zenab, working with Prof. Victoria Gould on ‘Factorisations of restriction semigroups’, 2017-2019, Faculty for the Future Fellowship program of Schlumberger Foundation.

Dr Munazza Naz, working with Prof. Victoria Gould on the ‘Study of the Semigroup Type Properties of the Set of all n x n Matrices over Tropical Semiring’, 2016-2018, Faculty for the Future Fellowship program of Schlumberger Foundation.

Early Career Forum

Early Career Forum

The Department of Mathematics' Early Career Reseacher Forum is a supportive network of researchers in the early stages of their careers. The Forum provides support in a range of areas relevant to early career researchers, including professional and career development. The Forum also provides valuabel networking opportunities.

If you'd like more information about Forum, please contact


Who should I contact?

If you're interested in joining us, or have any questions about the process, please contact the Department's Research Facilitator, Dr Annabel Jenkins (

We would also advise making initial contact with the relevant academic member of staff to discuss your proposal and/or the Chair of the Departmental Research Committee (currently Prof Victor Beresnevich <>) who is the main point of contact for potential applicants).

Case Study

Dr Liz Dickinson

After completing my PhD and a short post-doctorate position, I took a 7-year career break to start a family. Over a catch-up coffee, my PhD supervisor encouraged me to apply to the Daphne Jackson Trust. This charity supports STEM researchers in returning to their careers following a career break. They offer a part-time fellowship and retraining that aims to build confidence and skills.

I enjoyed multivariate statistics and pattern recognition (“chemometrics”) during my PhD, so found an expert in these techniques on the University of York webpages. Prof. Julie Wilson's research covers a wide range of fascinating projects, including links to archaeology, analytical chemistry and collaborations with industry. I approached Julie, who was very encouraging, and was keen to act as supervisor for my Fellowship. Julie, the University of York, and the Daphne Jackson Trust were all very supportive during the application process, which took around 9 months to complete. My application was successful and I secured a two-year Fellowship to use chemometrics to analyse data from plant varieties exposed to drought and disease. My Fellowship was supported by the Departments of Mathematics and Chemistry, and was also in collaboration with Fera Science Ltd. This academic breadth and industrial partnership provided fantastic opportunities for retraining and reintegrating back into research.

The Department of Mathematics has been extremely welcoming and supportive. They've helped with personal development and getting back into academic life. I've been delighted to continue to work in the Department after my Fellowship. I'm currently a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate, working with Julie and another industrial partner. The Department is very supportive of flexible working, and my current role is also part-time.
Since my Fellowship, more Daphne Jackson Fellows have started in the University of York and the Department. I would encourage anyone who is thinking of returning to research to make the first step of contacting the Department of Mathematics. I have thoroughly enjoyed returning to research here and think that the support offered has been invaluable. Plucking up the courage to make those first enquiries was one of the best decisions I ever made!
Liz Dickinson
Daphne Jackson Fellow
For more information on the Daphne Jackson Trust go to

Dr Paul Razafimandimby

After completing my PhD in Mathematics in 2011, I held several postdoctoral positions in South Africa, Italy and Austria. In September 2016, I gained a lectureship position at the University of Pretoria, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2019.

I had started discussing the mathematical theory of nematic liquid crystal with Prof. Zdzislaw Brzezniak — an academic in the Department of Mathematics, who was the external examiner of my PhD thesis — in 2011. These discussions led to a three year research project with Prof. Erika Hausenblas at University of Leoben, funded by the Austria Science Fund, starting in 2013. This grant enabled me to continue my research in Austria and visit and collaborate with Prof. Brzezniak.

It was during these collaborative visits to University of York that the idea of applying for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship emerged. These two year fellowships are funded by the European Commission, and support the mobility of researchers who have a doctoral degree (or at least four years of full-time research experience) within and beyond Europe.

After our initial application was rejected, we revised and resubmitted our proposal the following year. This proposal was funded, and I started my fellowship in the Department of Mathematics in January 2019.

As well as the help that I received from Prof. Brzezniak and other academics, the Department's support staff were also very helpful. For example, during the development and writing of the proposal, they arranged for peer reviewers to provide feedback and comments, helped with the administration of the application, and provided me with tips and previous examples of successful applications. After the fellowship was awarded, they were also very helpful during the relocation to York. In summary, the Department of Mathematics has been very supportive both with my scientific and personal development.