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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 Dr Mary Leng, Chair of the Departmental Research Committee at  


EC - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

Call for Expressions of Interest

The Department of Philosophy at the University of York is inviting Expressions of Interest from researchers wishing to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship to be held in the Department. 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 available are as follows (taken from the EC-MSCA webpage):

“There are 2 types of Postdoctoral Fellowships:

  • European Postdoctoral Fellowships. Theyare open to researchers moving within Europe or coming to Europe from another part of the world to pursue their research career. These fellowships take place in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country and can last between 1 and 2 years. Researchers of any nationality can apply.
  • Global Postdoctoral Fellowships. They fund the mobility of researchers outside Europe. The fellowship lasts between 2 to 3 years, of which the first 1 to 2 years will be spent in a non-associated Third Country, followed by a mandatory return phase of 1 year to an organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. Only nationals or long-term residents of the EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries can apply.”

As the UK is a Horizon Europe Associated Country, we are very happy to consider applications to both of these schemes (either European Postdoctoral Fellowships for fellows wishing to spend 1-2 years in York, or Global Postdoctoral Fellowship for fellows wishing to spend 1-2 years outside of the EU and Associated Countries and complete the final year of their fellowship in York).

We expect the call for these fellowships to open this month, with a deadline of October 2021.

If you would like to be considered for support to hold an MSCA (European or Global) Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Philosophy at York, please check your eligibility carefully with the scheme requirements, and send the following documents to Dr Janet Eldred ( by email by 12 noon (BST) on Monday 12th July 2021 (with the email subject: MSCA (European) EOI, or MSCA (Global) EOI as appropriate):

  • CV;
  • A two page (maximum) outline of your proposed research project (including a proposed work plan for the duration of the fellowship);
  • A statement of up to one page identifying your proposed mentor at York, outlining why you think they would be a suitable mentor for your project, and why your proposed research is a good fit with research in the Department and University. Please also clarify here whether your application is for a European or a Global fellowship (and in the latter case please identify the institution in your proposed ‘Third Country’ where you would like to begin your fellowship, and give details of any contact you have had with this institution).

Further information about research in the Department is available here, and the University’s research pages are available here.

You are encouraged to approach your proposed mentor to discuss your proposal prior to submitting your expression of interest to the Department.

We hope to be able to inform candidates whether we are able to support their applications by Monday 26th July.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Professor Mary Leng.


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.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme 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 over a three year post-doctoral period. Further details on this scheme are available at the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships page.

The most recent competition has now closed. Future competitions will be announced here in due course. 

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Competition Round 6

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 has closed. Any future rounds will be announced 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.