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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  

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships - Call for Expressions of Interest (deadline Monday January 4th, 2021, 12 noon GMT)

The Department of Philosophy is seeking expressions of interest from candidates wishing to apply to hold a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at York. 

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. The Leverhulme Trust will cover 100% of a Fellow’s salary costs (up to £50,000) in year one of the fellowship, followed by 50% of salary costs (up to £25,000 p.a.) in years two and three, with the remaining salary costs covered by the host institution. Up to £6,000 p.a. is also available for research expenses. Further details on this scheme are available at the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships page.

For further details, please see the information on the Expression of Interest form available here: Leverhulme ECF EoI 2021 (MS Word , 48kb).  For more information on research strengths in the Department of Philosophy at York, please see our research webpages at:

The deadline for expressions of interest (completed EoI form and CV, submitted via email to is 12 noon GMT, Monday 4th January 2021.    

For general queries, please contact the Chair of the Department's Research Committee, Professor Mary Leng, at

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.