Postdoc fellowships

The Department of Politics is seeking outstanding post-doctoral candidates to apply for externally funded schemes.

The Department offers many career-development opportunities to post-doctoral fellows and will provide significant support to your research project and career progression while you are here.

Our research environment is ambitious and lively, but also friendly and supportive. Our expertise spans the discipline and an array of interdisciplinary areas. Current concentrations of research expertise include: this history of political thought, contemporary political theory, comparative politics, public policy, peacebuilding, global development, international security, human rights, international political economy, environmental and gender politics. We host three internationally renowned research centres, the Centre for Applied Human Rights, the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, and the York Centre for Political Theory.

The Department of Politics at York is committed to the Athena SWAN Charter and was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in May 2018 for its commitment to gender equality.

If you are interested in undertaking a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Politics, please send a CV (1 page) and a short research proposal (max. 500 words) to Bob Brown (bob.brown@york.ac.uk), who can advise on suitable schemes.

If you have a particular Post-Doctoral advisor or mentor in mind, this should be mentioned in the application.

Once at York, you are expected to actively contribute to the research ethos of the department, by participating in activities related to our ongoing research agenda and organising activities advancing your own research interests. As part of your career development, it is important that you do some teaching and get involved with students. We will provide exciting opportunities for this.

ESRC

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

This scheme supports a postdoctoral fellowship for up to one year full time (or 2 years part time) to give fellows the opportunity to prepare for a successful career in research either within or beyond academia.

There is 1 call per year for outline proposals, typically in January.

This call is open to applicants who have undertaken their PhD at a research organisation that is part of an ESRC DTP or CDT, and who will have no more than 12 months of active postdoctoral experience by the closing date for full proposals, or who will have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections by the full proposal deadline, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the start of the Fellowship.

Further details are available at the ESRC WR DTP website.

British Academy

British Academy - Postdoctoral Fellowships

This Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme is for outstanding early career researchers who are within three years of their PhD to undertake a three-year research project.

There is one call per year for outline applications, typically in September/October.

In order to be considered, please submit the following documents to bob.brown@york.ac.uk:

  • A short CV (one page)
  • An outline of the proposed programme (max 500 words) and the name of your proposed mentor and why you have chosen them (max 100 words). 

Newton International Fellowships

Newton International Fellowships 

The Newton International Fellowships enable the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas to work at a UK institution for two years with the aim of developing their career and fostering long-term international collaborations.

The Scheme aims to attract researchers in several fields, including the social sciences and the humanities. In these fields, the Newton International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by the British Academy. Find out more about the fellowship.

 

Welcome Trust

Welcome Trust – Research Fellowships

For the three-year Research Fellowship from the Welcome Trust, candidates are expected to have been awarded their PhD before they apply and must not hold a long-term established post. The research must be in any area of human and animal health.

The deadlines for applications are typically in January and July each year.

In order to be considered, please submit the following documents to bob.brown@york.ac.uk:

  • A short CV (one page)
  • An outline of the proposed research (max 500 words) and the name of your proposed mentor and why you have chosen them (max 100 words). The outline should include a summary of the project, the research questions, how the research advances the field and the proposed methodology.

It is recommended that you contact your proposed mentor in advance of applying. If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact bob.brown@york.ac.uk

EU Funding

EU Funding

As the UK’s access to European research funding programmes post-March 2019 remains uncertain, we recommend that you contact the University to discuss your proposal.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

This fellowship of up to two years (three years for Global Fellowships) 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 (specified below). There are two main types of Individual Fellowships:

  1. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe. European fellowships are 12-24 months in length. To apply for a fellowship with York, you must not have been based in the UK for more 12 months of the 3 years preceding the call deadline.
  2. Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a partner organisation in a Third Country (TC) and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host. Global Fellowships are 12 to 24 months for the outgoing phase, plus 12 months for the return phase in Europe. To apply for a fellowship with York, you must be an EU / Associated country national or have been resident in the UK for five years or more. You must also not have spent more than 12 months of the three years preceding the call deadline the country of the Third Country partner organisation. For international organisations located in a TC, you must now have spent more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline at the same partner organisation.

In order to be considered, please submit the following documents to bob.brown@york.ac.uk:

  • A copy of your CV (following the Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship guidelines)
  • A two-page outline of the proposed research project
  • Up to one page on your proposed mentor, your reasons for this choice and the wider fit between your project and the Department.

It is recommended that you contact your proposed mentor, and contact the University at least 10 weeks in advance of applying. If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact bob.brown@york.ac.uk

Help with your application

Potential applications will be reviewed by the Chair of the Departmental Research Committee and shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview (in York, if possible, or via Skype).

Successful candidates will receive help with their applications, including internal peer-review. 

Support during your fellowship

  • A supportive research environment
  • A dedicated postdoctoral officer who represents the Department’s postdoctoral fellows in Department committees
  • Access to additional sources of research funding
  • Guaranteed interview for any suitable Departmental lectureship vacancy (for 3+ year fellowships)

For more information on what the University has to offer, see our Fellowships webpages.