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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, the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships scheme, or the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship 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 Prof Matthew Ratcliffe, Chair of the Departmental Research Committee, at

British Academy International Fellowships

The International Fellowships Programme provides support for outstanding early career researchers to make a first step towards developing an independent research career through gaining experience across international borders. Each award is expected to involve a specific and protected research focus with the award-holder undertaking high quality, original research.

The current round is now closed. Future rounds will be announced in due course.


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship schemes offers an opportunity for early career researchers who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. 

The scheme is based on a pattern of joint support whereby the Leverhulme Trust will contribute 50% of the Fellow’s total salary costs (including National Insurance, superannuation and London allowance, where applicable) up to a maximum of £26,000 in each year of the award, and the balance is to be contributed by the host university. The Trust’s contribution in subsequent years will normally increase in line with pay awards and normal increments up to the annual maximum of £26,000. The Trust’s maximum annual contribution will be pro-rated if the Fellowship is held on a part-time basis. The Fellow may request up to £6,000 per annum in research expenses to further his or her research activities. Further details on this scheme are available at the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships page.

The current round opens 1st January 2024; however, the department deadline for making its selection has now passed.


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The 2024 call for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme is now open and has a deadline of 4 October. This scheme funds a 36-month Fellowship to help early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences strengthen their experience of research and teaching in an academic environment.

Learn more about the scheme on the British Academy website.

The current round is now closed. Future rounds will be announced in due course.


Researchers at Risk Fellowships

The UK National Academies with Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics) are supporting a Researchers at Risk Fellowships Programme. The Fellowships will cover the physical and biological sciences, medical and health sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences and the arts. The first priority of the Programme will be as a response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has exposed Ukrainian-based researchers to direct threat. The RAR Programme provides two-year fellowships to researchers at risk with funding of circa £37,000 per annum. Institutions are expected to provide an academic mentor, funding to cover additional costs and also accommodation for the Fellow.
The call will remain open on a rolling basis with deadlines for applications until all funding has been utilised. The Academy will announce on its website when the funding has been fully utilised.
This competition is now closed.


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships will be open to excellent researchers of any nationality.

The 2023 call for Postdoctoral Fellowships is now closed.


Newton International Fellowships

The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. The scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Newton International Fellowships scheme is delivered by the British Academy, and the Royal Society. For further information about the scheme, including eligibility criteria, please see this webpage.

This competition is now closed.


Daphne Jackson Fellowships

The Daphne Jackson Fellowships are for a period of two years and intended for individuals returning to research after a career break of at least two years’ duration, taken for family, health or caring reasons. More information can be found
This competition has now closed.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Competition Round 8

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme is aimed at talented early career researchers (ECRs) looking to transition to research independence, tackle ambitious and challenging research and innovation and develop their career. FLFs are 4-year (FTE) Fellowships, with the option to extend for a further 3 years. There is no minimum or maximum award value.

The current round is now closed. Future rounds 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:

Learn more about support for Fellowships at the University.