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% of research activity in the Department was rated as internationally excellent.

The Department currently comprises approximately 60 academic and research staff and 130 graduate students (including PhD and MSc). Our principal areas of research are: Algebra; Number Theory; Geometry and Analysis; Mathematical Finance and Stochastic Analysis; Mathematical Physics and Quantum Information; Mathematical Biology and Chemistry; and Statistics and Probability.

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.

How can we help you?

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)

What Fellowship opportunities are there?

The Fellowships table lists some potential opportunities. 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.

Please also see the University of York Fellowships webpage for other opportunities, and examples of what the University of York can offer to Fellowship candidates. 

**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: one is now open and intentions to submit must be received by 20th June 2019.**

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 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 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.

Dr Markus Fröb, working with Prof. Atsushi Higuchi on 'Quasi-local observables in quantum gravity' (QLO-QG), 2016-2018, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.

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 (