Research fellowships

We are keen to welcome outstanding researchers to join our community as Independent Research Fellows through one of the various external funding schemes available.

This includes non-subject specific schemes such as the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Newton Fellowship, or the Marie-Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships scheme, as well as philosophy-specific Postdoctoral Fellowships such as the Analysis Trust/Mind Association studentship.

Potential applicants should, having identified a Fellowship scheme, check the eligibility criteria and closing dates carefully and contact the most relevant member of academic staff with a short CV and draft proposal. If you are not sure which member of staff could best support your application, please contact Dr Mary Leng (, Chair of the Departmental Research Committee, who will be able to advise you. 

UKRI Future Leadership Fellowship Round 4:

Call for Expressions of Interest

The Department of Philosophy at the University of York is seeking expressions of interest from candidates wishing to apply to hold a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship at York. The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme offers up to 7 years of postdoctoral funding for researchers with outstanding potential to establish themselves as independent research leaders.  Further details on this scheme are available at:

While we welcome applications in any area of philosophy that fit with our own Departmental research strengths, we would be particularly interested in supporting applications that fit with the following Departmental Research Themes: 

Analytic Theology;

Fiction and Fictionalism;

Formal Ethics;

Inequality, Health and Well-Being;

Phenomenology and Perceptual Experience.

The Department will be permitted to put forward only one applicant to be considered by the University for nomination for this scheme.  By submitting an expression of interest form, you are confirming that, to the best of your knowledge, you meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme, and that, should the University agree to nominate you for this fellowship, you will work with the Department to put together a full application to the scheme for the October 2019 round of the scheme.

This call is now closed. Future calls will be announced in due course.


How we can 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
  • administrative support.

Our current research groupings include:

  • the Mind and Reason group (whose members have interests in the philosophy of mind and perception, and in metaphysics more broadly)
  • the Practical Philosophy group (with interests in both ethics, including metaethics, and political philosophy)
  • the History of Philosophy group.

We also have research strengths in aesthetics, the philosophy of mathematics and the philosophy of religion. We would welcome proposals from applicants in any areas of research overlapping with interests of existing members of staff.