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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

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 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 a Fellow’s 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.

This round has closed. Any future rounds will be announced here.


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme has details at: ). 

Expressions of interest for the current round have closed. Future rounds will be announced here.

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
This competition has now closed.

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.