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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 matthew.ratcliffe@york.ac.uk.

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 institution. 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 next round opens 01 January 2023 and closes 23 February 2023. Click on the website link above for further information.

 

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme will open for applicants on 27th July and has a deadline for its outline stage of 12 October 2022. 

The scheme offers 3 year fellowships for postdoctoral researchers who are within 3 years of the award of their doctorate (for the 2022-23 scheme, this means being awarded via a viva voce examination between 1 April 2020 and 1 April 2023).

The applicant must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Applicants who don't fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a 'strong prior association' with the UK academic community. This is typically gained through having been employed in a temporary capacity at a UK university for a significant period of time (generally at least 12 months).  

If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to apply to hold one of these fellowships within the Department of Philosophy at York, please review our research webpages to identify a suitable mentor from members of academic staff with related research interests.  In the first instance you should email the member of staff in question, together with Professor Matthew Ratcliffe, Chair of the Department’s Research Committee, with a copy of your CV and a short (max 1 page) description of your proposed research project. If we agree that we are able to support an application from you, you should work with your mentor to prepare your full application in time for York’s internal deadline of 19th September 2022. 

The scheme is now open. Further details may be found on the British Academy website.

 

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.
 
The next deadline for applications will be 5:00pm BST on Wednesday 12 October 2022 followed by the same time on Wednesday 23 November 2022.

 

EC - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

This fellowship, of up to three years, is open to experienced researchers with a PhD (or at least four years’ full-time research experience). In all cases, the fellowship must involve an element of mobility. Details of the types of fellowship are available on the EC-MSCA webpage .

This competition 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 https://daphnejackson.org/fellowships/university-of-york/
 
This competition has now closed.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Competition Round 7

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme offers up to seven years of postdoctoral funding for researchers with outstanding potential to establish themselves as independent research leaders. 

This round is now closed. Future rounds will be advertised here.

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.